To quote Chase Jarvis, “the best camera is the one that's with you”.
I was reminded of that during a recent post processing job for a client. Besides my own photography, I often help others with their own images.
We all remember the snow, right? Well during the first storm in December my neighbor decided to take a walk in the Battlefield to see all the snow. It was very difficult to simply walk - much less bring along a heavy camera. So off he went armed only with his Blackberry. He took a series of photos of the wintery landscapes and lived to tell about his multi-hour journey.
I’m not certain what resolution camera is in a Blackberry, but I can tell you the images were small and of low quality. That is to be expected, it’s not a Nikon for gosh sakes:) But that is not important. What is important is that it was the camera he had with him and that was his best camera - at the time. Without it he would have lost the opportunity to capture that moment in a photograph.
So with his series of small Blackberry pictures I was able to enlarge them to 16x20’s and fix them up a bit. This is one of my favorites of the series.
I suspect the primary purpose of taking his Blackberry was to call for help if he got stuck. Luckily it didn't come to that and instead it became his Best Camera.