I figured it out. The reason that there are a lot of mediocre photos these days isn’t just because the phone is so commonly used, it’s also because there’s no varying viewpoint. No telephoto. No different focal length. All wide angle. Which is fine for some things but not everything.
I want to shoot wide, but also a good telephoto shot stands out amongst all those wide shots. I just mounted an old 50mm Summicron on a Leica M6 (and sometimes a Panasonic GF1, which gives me an effective focal length of 100mm f2.) I love long lenses and telephoto views.
That’s one area that cameras in phones can’t compete. So get out your 85mm 1.8, your 105 2.5, and blow them all out of the water. (It was a water event that I’m thinking of that folks posted all their wide angle photos from. And as a group, they were all similar, which made them boring.)
Happy Long Shooting!