I have lately been forcing myself to leave my “real” camera at home and just limit myself to what I can capture/receive via the iPhone camera. I call this a discipline, not in small part because, if I had my “real” camera, I would probably spend more time looking through its viewfinder than being present in the moment. Photography is its own way of being present–don’t get me wrong–but I know myself and know that I might allow myself to hide behind it. And so I force myself into the limitations of this little less-than camera as a way to curb my own sometime-tendencies.
Sometimes what I get isn’t so bad. And while I often lament ‘what could have been,’ one result of this discipline is that it enables me to feel a greater appreciation for my Nikon when I do get to take it along.