The best camera is the one you have with you. It’s a wonderful challenge to do all the peak photography with an iPhone. There’s only the one lens, no zoom, limited exposure control (but some). Additionally I am shooting the light as I find it, and of course it varies tremendously from day to day and place to place.

It has been much more common for me as professional photographer to plan photo shoots in great detail. What’s the best light, the best angle, the best time of day or year? Then I will go out with all my heavy equipment, set it up, and wait and wait until everything is perfect. And if it doesn’t happen I come back again…and again. The final result is predictable, a carefully crafted, beautiful product, an artifact.

But that’s not how most people experience a place. Photography has now become part of our everyday life’s conversation. Images taken on the fly, as we are living life, are shared in close to real time. These images are not artifacts but perceptions. Having a camera with you at all times makes this possible.

I visited my local, closest hill, Albany Hill, on the 2nd day of my 121 day burst of new and different peak every day. This image is from a return walk in 2017 as I recovered from ankle surgery. A short walk, a momentary stop to see, and an image.

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Hiking recommendation: any of the easy paths from Pierce Street or Madison Street, or drive to the top

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