Photo by Sandy Troiano – Click on it to see a larger version
I was walking by my friend Sandy’s desk the other day when something colorful caught my eye. She had this great background image on her screen of some incredibly colorful flowers. It was a great picture and I thought it was something that she downloaded to get herself in the mood for Spring. When I told her that I liked her screen she smiled and said, “Do you like it? I took it with my phone.” Needless to say I was shocked. I have seen some cool pictures from iPhones before but they are usually small images that have been posted on Twitter or Facebook. This image was filling up a 21″ monitor and it was just astounding.
Maybe it’s because of my history with digital cameras that reaches back to some of the earliest professional cameras to come to the market. I am still finding it hard to believe that the technology has come so far in such a short period of time. It doesn’t all seem that long ago that I was taking pictures with a Kodak DCS 420 digital SLR camera costing thousands of dollars (about $11,000 in 1994 to be more precise). Now I was looking at something that came from a Blackberry and it was better than anything that ever came out of my Kodak.
It really makes you wonder where we will be in another 16 years.