Who says you have to use pro gear to get a great shot? Jeff Picoult, BackPacker winner for 2/21/14, proves the best camera is the one you have with you - even if it's a phone!
"I am a volunteer photographer for the Summit Metro Parks in Summit County, Ohio. One of the parks I like to photograph each spring is Furnace Run Metro Park which features a 0.6 mile hiking path called Daffodil Trail. There are estimated to be more than 40,000 daffodils in over a dozen varieties along the trail during peak bloom in late April to early May.
This photo was captured during the peak bloom of 2013 just after an early morning shower passed over the park. The weight of the water on the daffodils caused most of them to point downward making for a less than desirable photographic opportunity. Then, as luck would have it, the sky began to clear allowing rays of sun to shine down on some of the flowers. Luckily, this particular daffodil was not covered in mud from the splashing raindrops. Instead it's white petals seemed to glisten in its tiny bit of sunlight. The dark canopy of leaves from surrounding plants and trees created the perfect backdrop to show off this beautiful flower!
For my wildlife photos I carry a pair of Nikon D5000 bodies. One is equipped with a 400mm lens and the other with an 18-70mm zoom. I also carry a Leica D-Lux 6 for landscapes and black & whites. However, I didn't use any of those to capture this daffodil. This photo was captured in a 1:1 ratio (square) on my iPhone 5 with the built-in Camera app! It was one of the last photos I captured only a few minutes before I left the park for the day!!! - Jeff