Definition of vantage point: a position or standpoint from which something is viewed or considered; especially : point of view.
This image was shot some time ago at the windsurfing mecca of europe, Tarifa on the southernmost tip of Spain. We were there working for a fashion client but some rainy and stormy weather had us holed up in our hotel. Getting antsy and bored I decided to take a look around on the nearby beach and I stumbled across some german surfers taking a break from the waves. One of them had just returned in from a freezing session and nonchalantly placed his board in the tree. I was immediately smitten by the look of the board in the tree - it looked so surreal reminding me of an image of an airplane crashed into a tree.
I had just brought with me an old and battered Polaroid Land camera with a few sheets of b&w Polaroid film and I quickly snapped the picture before they decided to remove the board. I didn't develop the sheet until I was back in the hotel and to my delight the image came out great. I was so inspired that I decided to continue shooting some more images and so the hair & make-up team quickly got to work on Noemi, our model.
My Point of view.
I even got so inspired that I later on that day returned to the surfers and persuaded them to pose for a few quick portraits. The waether continued to be really awful but that only made for an incredibly soft light that really brought out the beautiful skin of Noemi. We asked her to put on an old sweater that the surfers were happy to lend us and shot her against an old weathered wall.
So why am I telling you this little story? Well, it just shows that the old saying "the best camera is the one in your pocket" is really true. If you don't have your camera with you you cannot take any pictures - it's that simple! The simple fact that I happened to carry a camera with me without any preconceived ideas about taking any particular images made me "getting the shot". Too bulky and heavy equipment carries a penalty...
It's in this light I'd like to tell you a bit more about what PetaPixel calls "... a revolutionary new point-and-shoot camera that aims to transform the way we think about cameras.” the Light L16 camera. Think of it as a compact camera that uses multiple lens systems to shoot photos at the same time, then computationally fuses them into a DSLR-quality image. It's light enough to always be carried in your pocket but promises to deliver incredible image quality.
"With up to 52 megapixel images, you’re free to zoom, crop and enlarge to your heart’s content, without sacrificing resolution. That's because the L16 uses disruptive hardware and proprietary software to capture and process your moments in ridiculous detail."