“The best camera is the one you have with you.”
No truer words have ever been spoken. We’ve been told this countless times by adventure photographers who inspire us - and it’s just so accurate. And to prove it, we set out on an adventure with our Sony Xperia X Performance smartphone to showcase that anyone can get out there and explore and produce high quality and exciting imagery.There are times when we’re feeling a little more bold and might attempt a three day overnight hike, and the last thing we want to do is lug along our two DSLR’s and countless lenses and equipment. While as photographers these are the tools of the trade and essential in capturing nature in all its glory, our lifestyle doesn’t always promote this kind of technology. As Vancouverites, we often lead a “get up and go” mentality, grabbing our raincoat and our waterproof boots, and off we head to the nearest mountain or forest. As adventure seekers, our goal is to experience all of life’s moments as they happen. You can’t always predict what you’re going to see when you're out in the wild, but you can always be prepared. These days, the quality of cameras built into smartphones are outstanding, and it isn’t always necessary to use professional gear to produce phenomenal images.
Sometimes you don’t have the time to set up your tripod - there’s a moose right in front of you! Or maybe you’re fumbling to get your camera settings just right - the sun just broke through the clouds and is casting the most incredible rays of golden light through a rain drenched forest. Or maybe your SD card just happens to be full. Maybe it’s pouring rain, (okay, likely it’s pouring rain), and you don’t want to risk damaging your gear. These are thoughts that go through our minds endlessly when we’re on the go, so when we were invited by Sony Mobile to team up with them for their #LifeMoments campaign and test out the Xperia X Performance smartphone, we were excited to see what kinds of content we could create with nothing but a rain jacket on our backs and a phone in our pocket. The predictive autofocus and quick launch features are ideal for us to capture any wildlife moments as they happen, and as we are usually on the move, the steady shot feature sparked our interest.
Lynn Canyon Park is one of the places we like to go when we need complete immersion in nature. Rain or shine, this park provides a quintessential British Columbian experience, with its towering rainforest and raging emerald tinted river; its legendary suspension bridge, and breathtaking waterfalls. It’s important for us to stay active in the fall and winter when the days start to get shorter, darker, and drearier. Lynn Canyon, in our opinion, is even more alluring when saturated in heavy rainfall and unearthly fog and mist. The Sony Xperia X Performance is water resistant, so we figured this would be the ideal place to shoot and adventure on one of the west coast’s rainiest days.
It’s hard to pick, but Twin Falls is one of our favourite places to hang out in the canyon. Last January, right after we got engaged, it was one of the first places we went together, so it holds a special place in our hearts. On this particular day, we made our way over the suspension bridge - which towers 150ft over Lynn Creek - and into the forest. We followed the trail through the woods towards the falls, snapping photos as we traipsed through mud and puddles. As soon as we got to the falls, we got a chance to test out how the Xperia’s autofocus and steady shot feature handles action, and the camera certainly proved that it can accommodate movement! The falls are turbulent and chaotic at this time of year, and the incessant roaring sound of the water gives us an immediate rush of adrenaline. From Twin Falls you can hike down to the creekside, but make sure you bring your gumboots. There’s something so satisfying about wading in the river in the rain - it’s like chicken soup, it’s good for the soul. This isn’t a place to go if you don’t like getting wet! We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
THIS POST IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SONY CANADA. ALL PHOTOS IN THIS BLOG POST WERE TAKEN AND EDITED BY BRIE & REUBEN OF VANCITYWILD. ALL OPINIONS ARE OUR OWN.