Serious question: I shoot on my iphone when hiking but I see you out there with professional cameras. I consider myself more of a hiker who also likes to take artistic photos. I capture artistic shots as I happen across them. Some of you are hiking with professional cameras and it makes me wonder: are you doing the same thing or do you pre-hike the trail and create a shot list? Do you enjoy the outdoors or are you more there for the art?
I am thinking of upgrading my camera, but I want to stay a hiker first and artist second.
On trail it's my iPhone and gimbal. My full-sized gear is reserved for studio use or when I specifically go out shooting.
I keep the two separate.
I can't break my addiction to an image rich world.
I have broken my addiction to the expensive glass though. I only use my phone even though I have a compact digital camera as well. I can't even curate all the images I have already.
I am a hiker first. I photo document. Long ago I thought it was good if I could get one or two art-like pictures out of a roll of 36 when I was trying to do art-like pictures.
It's fun to use all the training, but I am less attached to the outcome of my efforts.
Depends on the section. Some are obviously more photogenic than others. I carry an older HP 618, which was a good digital back in the day. It's old enough I won't cry (well, not much) if I manage to destroy it, but it has the resolution and an adequate enough lens to make some great shots if I do my job with it. I take the views and subjects as they come; if something takes more time that I'd planned, then I just walk a little later or try to make it up the next day. I'd say the answer to your question is "yes". 😉 I make sure I have a good time out there, and relish the opportunities for indulging my art. Even without my camera(s), I rarely make long day, forced high mileage hikes. Except for those last days after too much time trying to get that shot just right.
I gotta say that I'm a hiker with great aspirations to be artistic. I don't even own a nice SLR digital camera...yet. I take photos with my Samsung Galaxy smart phone simply to capture the beauty of the nature around me, and to memorialize my hikes and trips. I share the pics with friends and family so that they might live vicariously through my adventures. I've frequently received comments that the photos I've taken are magazine-worthy. I don't know that that's anything more than well-intentioned compliments, which I do appreciate, but at least it indicates I have a good eye.
For me it really depends but mostly I'm there to hike and I take my iPhone with me and grab pictures with that. However, there are occasions where I may want to hike for a specific shot and I bring my mirrorless camera and a tripod to get those long exposure waterfall shots or a milky way shot over a lake.
I'm definately a hiker first. I guess the thing you have to ask yourself is "Am I getting the pictures I want from the device I take". Phone picture quality has come along way and my phone provides me the quality pics I want. Also, I see some taking monolithic cameras that must way 5 LBS They stop alot to get pics so I think they fall into the artist group...Cant image the gear I could replace that with in my luxury list 🙂
Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but even on multi-day backpacking trips I carry my full frame DSLR and tripod, particularly to me able to capture nighttime skies and good low-light images that just aren't possible on a phone.