I recently got a new point and shoot camera, the Canon s95. I took it on a trip to San Jose last weekend and enjoyed myself. There’s no effort or thought or care in the photos that I take with it. It’s the perfect vacation/party camera. I don’t want to have to think about photography when I’m on “me time” but a large part of me still wants to take pictures. I need to enjoy my surroundings and companions and this camera has helped with that. There’s nothing casual about my work cameras. They’re large and can make people uncomfortable. Also, I only shoot manual, which is a task that occupies a significant part of my brain power. Having a tiny but powerful point and shoot camera set to the program function is freedom.
On the flight back from San Jose, it proved to be a lovely little distraction as I took pictures out the window the entire hour we hurtled through the air down the state of California. I saw farmland and mountains and a completely circular rainbow. Once we got to LA, I was delighted to discover that I recognized most of LA from the air, large and small landmarks alike.