Why do you always carry your camera with you?

“Why do you always carry your camera with you?” asked my son.

“You never know what you will see along the way,” I responded.

To be honest, more often than not, I carry my camera and don’t take a single picture. I suppose the busyness of life gets in the way of seeing that which should be photographed. But, I still carry my camera and my gear. I carry it to work, to the grocery store, and to pick up my sons from school.  You just never know…

Occasionally, I question whether I want to carry it around any more. I stare at it in the mornings and think, I’m not going to take a picture of anything; why lug this thing around. But then I think, You never know what you will see.  I tried to resolve it by carrying a nice digital point-and-shoot camera, but it does not accomplish what I want to accomplish with my DSLR.

So, I grab my camera and my gear-bag and head off to work.

I’m sure some of you have the same struggle I do. Should I take my camera with me?

Yesterday was one of those days in which I really didn’t think I needed my camera.  I was just going to pick up my dog from the groomer. As I turned onto an old farm road, I glanced to the right and saw a small pond. Since it had been raining off-and-on for several days, the pond was overflowing into a small creek, which created small waterfalls on the side of the road.

The conditions to take pictures of the little creek were perfect – overcast.  But, I had neither my camera nor my gear! I had to pick up the dog, take her home, retrieve my camera and gear, and drive back out to the farm road and the creek. Luckily, the conditions did not change along the way!  I was able to capture a handful of fun images, which turned out to be quite nice!

I get it – sometimes it is just impractical to carry our camera and gear along with us everywhere. I am working, however, on finding the most convenient and effective way to carry my rig with me so I don’t miss little moments like the one above.

I welcome comments below to help out!

3 thoughts on “Why do you always carry your camera with you?

  1. A small not-quite point-and-shoot with a tilt screen is my day to day camera. I’m almost never without it and some days it’s unused. But others – you know what is like.
    I look after young children and a larger camera/lens is a distraction.
    I also use the macro focus extensively (3cm ) for bugs, bees, flowers etc.


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