This unMonday, I bring you some photos from my whereabouts on the last unMonday. Last weekend, for three days and two nights, a group of friends and I backpacked a 35-mile loop in the Cascade Mountains. In addition to my Canon 5D with the Canon 24-105 f/4L, I also brought along my brand new HTC One. Thanks to a very generous friend, I finally replaced the failing, dysfunctional, infuriating Motorola Photon. Today’s photographs are the result of having a mobile phone camera that actually functions more often than not.
While no mobile phone can beat a modern DSLR in image quality, they do have the advantage in portability and convenience. When backpacking, sometimes it’s not practical or worth the energy to keep 4.5 lbs. of DSLR gear swinging from my neck. During particularly arduous stretches of hiking, I kept my DSLR tucked away and used my phone’s camera instead. It was actually a joy to shoot with the HTC One – it’s an incredible piece of technology and (so far) it’s frustration-free. With the its reliability and near-instantaneous responsiveness, I was able to capture a number of beautiful photos during our hike that probably wouldn’t have been possible with my old phone.
I hope you enjoy these mountain mobile photos. Later in the week, I’ll bring you the DSLR photos that go with them. Happy unMonday!