First, make sure you’re using a camera that’s small enough to get lost in your pocket. I’ve been using my girlfriend’s tiny Pentax Optio E90 for the past two weeks while I wait for a back-to-school sale at Future Shop or Best Buy to replace the camera I destroyed… uhm, two weeks ago.
The thing about tiny cameras… they have very few features to get in the way of the shot. Plus, it takes very little to confuse their tiny computers. I could never get this shot with my Samsung WB600 — even before I dropped it into a puddle of salt water, chlorine and kid urine.
Both photos in the split image below are from the Pentax, the left side is with the exposure and focus set on the street, everything on the right is set on the clouds.
So… to get this shot:
1. Buy your girlfriend a replacement camera for the previous camera you gave her that was crushed when she fell on some ice
2. Wait a year
3. Bring your $350 camera to a waterpark
4. Drop it in salty, heavily chlorinated urine-water
5. Borrow the replacement camera, give your girlfriend the Cisco Flip you own for some reason
6. While standing on my balcony, set the camera on “Landscape”
7. Point at clouds, half depress the trigger, give the camera a few seconds to figure things out
8. Point at sun, and shoot… actually, at this point it should be raining
9. Repeat 1-8 until you get the shot you want.