I was out on the bow of the tug yesterday capturing photos of dolphins. My weapon of choice, a Nikon D3000 with Nikkor 55-200mm lens.
As our tug cut through the oil polluted waters of the Gulf of Mexico at a dazzling speed of about 12MPH, I perched myself over the edge, pressing the shutter every time I sensed those beautiful beasts were about to break the surface.
Soon, the dolphin, who glide through the water with the ease of no other, swam off, bored with the slow speed of our tug. I immediately starting checking my photos, and I saw I captured a few good shots. With the excitement and pride of a grade schooler running home to show his mommy the "A" on his report card, I ran up to the wheel house, excited to show the mate on watch my newest pictures.
As we started looking at them, when I got to picture #3, he interrupts me, and with the excitement of a grade schooler running home to show his mommy that he got TWO "A's" on his report card he says, "Oh, wait, check this out." He takes out his damn iPhone. ( I say "damn iPhone" because I don't have one.) He swipes his screen and taps it a few times and hands me the iPhone to look at, as he says, "I just took this earlier."
What I'm watching is a VIDEO of freekin dolphins jumping this way and that, on the same bow I just came in from where I was taking antiquated still photography. Gulp!
Not only am I watching dolphin jumping like I'm at Sea World, I can actually HEAR the water as they dive back in. The clarity of the video is so clear, I asked for a towel to dry myself off, I thought I was actually in the water with them.
Seriously mate? Way to burst my bubble.
At the conclusion of the near perfect video, he swiped his finger across the screen and re-pocketed his iPhone, with the deftness of a gunslinger twirling his pistols before holstering them.
I lifted my large, obtrusive and dated piece of equipment called a camera and slinked off to my room, alone, to peruse my single frames of dolphin.
Now do you understand my issue with Steve Jobs?
He wanted to invent a device that combined internet, phone and music. Waalaa! iPhone.
He added the camera with video capabilities just to piss me off.