“The best camera is the one that is with you.” — Chase Jarvis
Then I travel, I don’t like to take a big camera rig with me. While I cannot claim to be the best photographer in the world, I do enjoy taking photos during our travels. However, the best part of traveling is the EXPERIENCE, and I have found the more time I spend fiddling with a camera, the less time I have to enjoy the experience. Like most working adults in the free world, it is very rare when I do not have my smartphone on my person. The brainiacs at Moment Lens have recognized that fact and have created a smartphone camera case and a set of professionally crafted lens, taking mobile photography to a new level.
Moment makes 4 different lenses (18mm Wide Lens, 60mm Telephoto Lens, 25mm (10x) Macro Lens, and a recently released 15mm Superfish lens). Primarily for Apple iPhones, these lenses are for serious photographers, expertly designed and made with cinema quality glass. These lenses are designed to create images that are clear edge to edge, minimal distortion, and of high contrast.
My Journey as a Cubs Fan
I became a Chicago Cubs fan in early 1977. I had never played organized baseball or had even seen a baseball game before. Deciding that I should select a team to root for but having no experience with the sport, I did what any red-blooded American boy would do. I opened the sporting section of the newspaper and picked a team.
That year Chicago had come back from years of mediocrity and were actually leading their division. My 13-year-old brain thought, “These guys must be good, they are leading their division.” And with that, I became a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. (Don’t laugh, I know one guy who became a die hard Buffalo Bills fan just from getting a free team plastic cup in a convenience store.). During that year I followed my new team with the fervor only a young boy learning sports can have. I checked the box scores every day in the newspaper, watched them contend for the playoffs behind the pitching of young Rick Reuschel, only to fall short in a late season swoon. “That’s OK”, I thought, “There’s always next year!”.
Sometimes the best destinations are in your own backyard. When my (now) wife and I started dating, the FIRST trip we took together was to the mountains of North Carolina. Both of us are natives of the state, but DJ lived on the coast. In fact, she had never been to the mountains before this trip. So for our first excursion as a couple we didn’t even have to cross the state line. It is our good fortune the wonderful city of Asheville, nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains, lies within the borders of our home state.