I usually travel very light, so I bring a small camera (Canon S95 and iPhone) and almost no accessories. That forces me to adapt to some tricky situations.

I was on Moorea in French Polynesia sitting on our little hotel’s dock. The moon lit clouds over the Pacific were beautiful, but it was very dark. To capture the clouds, the S95 can do exposures up to 15 seconds. The problem was that I didn’t have a tripod for it. Then I remembered the Kensington suction cup window mount I use for my iPhone airplane movies. Hmm, but there isn’t any glass out here… Aha, this heavy glass dish lid will do the trick! I love that suction cup. It remained stuck on the glass all night.

With my “tripod” in hand I was able to capture many lightning strikes such as the one below. Believe it or not, that is a night shot. The Canon S95 is pretty impressive for a pocket camera. It has many of the controls of an SLR and the same sensor as the G12.

Then my girlfriend and I tried some light painting. I think it turned out pretty well!

I’m a big believer that the best camera is the one you have with you and the same applies to equipment.

For some really spectacular light painting, see one of our earlier articles.