Lately I've been deciding between upgrading my camera equipment or my phone. I chose to get a used Google Pixel phone after watching many reviews (I'm a review whore) and seeing that it's camera is one of the best on the market, even a year after release. Deciding that I wanted to have easy access and effortless options to take more photos.
I took this photo yesterday morning, just a quick snap as a bear walked the road towards us. It's a high contrast scene which is pretty tough on cameras. But this is the photo the phone took, it is unedited and uncropped. I have been incredibly impressed with the photos this phone (and most phones) can produce.
In certain circumstances, a "real" camera is unbeatable, but in many, a phone is more than capable of capturing amazing memories.
It's personally been quite refreshing for me, as I've been lucky enough to use pro grade lenses and cameras with my job. But on the same hand its had me questioning the camera I own. Resulting in me doing endless research on cameras and being drawn to ones outside of my budget and travel friendly criteria.
I'm glad this phone camera has managed to put things into perspective for me.
Today is a big day! It’s been 100 days since I first set out in this rickety plumber’s van. Somehow it hasn’t broken down after travelling nearly 17,000kms across all of Canada’s provinces (wohoo!!). And this isn’t even the end of the trip—I loaded my van with the things I care about most and still intend to find a town or city in BC to settle in. It’s quite the milestone for me because it surprisingly feels like the time has absolutely flown by. And you know what they say, “Time flies when you’re living in a van!” Wisdom for the ages…
I wasn’t sure what the outcome of a trip like this would look like; would I get bored or lonely? Would it be underwhelming? Would I miss having a home and a regular schedule? I couldn't know the outcome but I was clear on my intentions on this adventure. I wanted to experiment in extended solo travelling, getting away from screens and into nature, living in a tiny, mobile space with few possessions, getting to know complete strangers, and experiencing life in different towns and cities across our country. For anyone following along, I’m happy to report that it’s been a great success.
It became clear within about a month that for everything I deprived myself off, I gained right back (and sometimes twofold or more) in other areas. For 100 days, I haven’t had running water, a private washroom, or regular showers (thank god for lakes & oceans). I don’t have ready access to a TV or Netflix, a kitchen to cook in, or even an Internet connection to do, well, everything with. I’m experiencing what it’s like to live without my close friends nearby, to sleep in a new and foreign place every night, and to not have those nice relaxing nights on the couch where you get to veg out and watch Love It or List It.
But it’s amazing when you learn what you really need. We seriously don’t need much at all. And, to the contrary, it doesn’t feel like deprivation; it feels more like comfortable freedom. I’ve given up a lot to try out this lifestyle, but it’s given back even more. [CONT. in the comments because apparently I've got a mouth full...]
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The Rocky Mountains never seize to amaze me. Nature at it's finest
📸Picture by @jolandelaar •
🏔Double tap if you'd like to go to the Rockies
Probably not the first image that comes to mind when you think of Canada, but that's one of the things to love about traveling in this country... each province and territory is just so unique.
Shot using @SonyAlpha
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