June 12, 2016

DO I NEED A DSLR?

This is a motivational post…. or this is a petty post depends on how you look at it.
“What camera do you use?” “What type of camera do I need to get that kind of shot?” I swear to God I cringe every time person asks that and I bet I am not alone. Sometimes you do not need a DSLR. Sometimes you need to just show up and just take out your smartphone and just shoot.
So I traveled and I challenged myself to stick to mobile photography.I am going to showcase a couple of my favorite images that I have taken from a phone. The series will cover images taken by both android and apple devices just to show you that sometimes you have to show up and shoot your shot.

1. Paris

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Shot on iPhone. Edited with VSCO Cam – A5 Preset .

I could not resist having French Macaroons as I waited for my next flight to Vancouver. I loved the assorted colors and all.

2.Lynn Canyon Park Bridge

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Shot on Infinix Zero 3, Edited with VSCO Cam – B5 Preset.

A little black and white never hurt no one. Hiking here was amazing reminded me of Rolf’s place’s bridge.

3.Lynn Canyon Pool

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Shot on Infinix Zero 3, edited with VSCO Cam – C1 Preset

The 30 foot pool looks so gorgeous and it was drizzling. I wish I could take a dip but we were in a hurry cause it was raining. Do not ask me about the stranger in frame I do not know him. He refused to move and the shot worked so why not.
4. Grouse Mountain Gondola Ride
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Vancouver loves to rain, I insisted that we go to Grouse Mountain but we were warned that the weather was terrible and we would not be able to see the beautiful view of Vancouver but did I listen? Lol Visibility was almost ZERO. Check it out online, the view is to die for when the skyline is clear.

5. Granville Island
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Shot on Infinix Zero 3, edited with VSCO Cam – C9 Preset

Granville island is not an island. I was mad when I found out this, the city tour guide told me Vancouver has a thing for naming things for what they are not. Granville Island is actually peninsula.

6. Granville Shore
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Shot on Infinix Zero 3,edited with VSCO Cam – C1 Preset.

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Shot on Infinix Zero 3,edited with VSCO Cam – C1 Preset.

As I waited for the ferry I could not help but fall in love with the view of Vancouver.
Here is a bit of waves from false creek.

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Shot on Infinix Zero 3,edited with VSCO Cam – C7 Preset.

7. China town
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Vancouver’s China Town is Canada’s largest Chinatown.It is home to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden which is the first Chinese garden to be built outside China, I will share more photos on my IG I promise.

8. Views From Vancouver

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Beautiful Naomi, she was an amazing prop, this shot was taken at Goldcorp Inc. as we were waiting for our session to begin.

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Vancouver’s C.B.D, you looked amazing but am a terrible architecture photographer. Here are some shots more will be posted later.

Last but not least.

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A bit of Canadian Landscape from an aerial perspective.
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Shot on Iphone, edited with VSCO Cam – C1 preset

To answer the grand question is that Maybe you do need a DSLR maybe you do not. I wish I took time to appreciate the art of composition, how light works instead of rushing to get a DSLR. If you could take to learn and practice more on your phone maybe you do not need one.

Till next time.
Positive vibes and Shea butter
xoxo

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    10 Comments

  • Kareen Larry June 13, 2016
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    Amazing amazing. You just reminded me of how i travelled 2 times without my dslr and i still managed to get some good shot. But yours are above . Great job kiddo. You always keep inspiring me. I love your composition. I am coming for lessons..

    • bongolese June 13, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks Mom. Appreciate this. Thank you for dropping by. I still think am rusty but will take time to improve thanks a mill.

  • Evelyne June 13, 2016
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    Beautiful Neema gosh!!!!

  • Mivule Masoli June 13, 2016
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    These are amazing..keep up the good work and u will be quite the artist..and yes its me Marv aka Mivule…its been long i know.and yes i miss you too lol

  • Mariah Brina Careen July 10, 2016
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    Fine work. Sharp..Magnificent.. Proud to know you and how you inspire and bless us with your photography..

  • Sandra Brown October 26, 2017
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    Neema I am coming for mobilee photography lessons… ahahahaa hapaanaa at some point itabidi tuu ukubali kunifundishaa. This is again cant find a right emoji or words to express what im feeling. Ila NAKUJAA

    • thebongolese October 29, 2017
      Reply

      Karibu. I think we should make it a point in our next meeting ❤️

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