Sometimes the picture comes to you - Adventures at a folk festival with a Panasonic GM1 and a Nokia 1020.

Last Saturday I happened upon a folk festival going on in a town I visit often, Warwick. The place was full of people in odd looking costumes. If you don't know what Morris Dancng is all about (and it's very English) have a look here.

So I was taking pictures of all these goings on.

I was sitting on a seat thinking everything had happened before I got there and I didn't even know that the event was happening, when I heard drums in the distance. And then a parade of different groups of performers started passing me. 

All of a sudden the above group broke ranks, ran towards me and posed, so that I could take the picture at the top of this post. I turned the camera (my Nokia 1020) round, and showed them the picture. They shouted 'Hooray' and went back into formation. 

The whole thing took a few seconds and felt like it was choreographed, which it obviously wasn't. Afterwards I wondered if that would have happened if I was using a camera other than my Nokia. I also wondered why all my favourite pictures of the past few weeks are taken with this phone. It's not as though I'm using it exclusively, I'm not. For this day I took out my GM1 + 45mm Olympus lens as well.

I have to say that by using the touch screen that combination worked incredibly well and seriously quickly in a crowded, fast moving environment. However it doesn't seem to have quite the magic powers that the Nokia has.

So a couple of 'amateur' cameras working superbly in a difficult environment. Demonstrating, if it wasn't obvious already, that there are times when small light and unobtrusive does the job just as well, if not better, than 'proper' photographic gear. All in all a nice afternoon and all the better for the appearance of the unexpected. 

Point and Shoot rules. OK!!! 

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