Marty’s photo of the day #4111: For the last month or so, I’ve been exclusively posting photos I took in the United States. It’s time to return to posting photos I took all over the world. I shot this white-lipped tree frog in Queensland, Australia, twenty years ago. At the time, digital photography was in its infancy, and I used a 4-megapixel Sony Mavica camera that recorded onto a mini-CD. I still have that camera, and despite owning much more advanced equipment now, that bulky Sony is still tops at one specific task: macro photos at night. The camera lights up the scene with red lasers for a perfect focus. I used this photo on the cover of the Second Edition printing of my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and it’s also one of the featured photos in my college show (now in its 16th year), “Around the World in 90 Minutes.”
Being in my college show, means that this 4-megapixel photo gets blown up on huge movie theater-sized screens. Even that large it still looks great. That’s something to keep in mind if a camera manufacturer tries to convince you that their camera is better than the competition solely because of megapixels. Quality is more important than quantity.