It was a lovely evening in Tempe, Arizona, a true gift in late February 2011. My friend enthusiastically invited me: "You've got to come; you'll love it!" And before I realized it, I was on my way to a concert scheduled on a college soccer field. Upon arrival, I noticed the signage, revealing it was not just any concert. It was a performance by one of my favorite bands, FUN!
Earlier that day, I had acquired my first smartphone, the iPhone 4. Echoing the words of Idris Elba in 'The Wire,'' I felt like proclaiming, "I want you to put the word out there that we're back up." At last, I possessed a tool to capture and relive moments for years to come, like seeing my favorite band in concert, right? Well, that's not entirely true. Like many others, I rarely revisit the videos I've recorded at concerts.
While taking pictures of one of my favorite bands on that soccer field, I kept thinking, "I wish I were closer." But how would my iPhone photos turn out? I owned a DSLR with a telephoto lens and longed for the sharp details that digital zoom couldn't match, all without the burden of carrying a bulky camera and lens. This thought persisted over the years, as there seemed to be no practical solution. Although iPhone camera specifications improved and digital zoom made strides, they never matched the prowess of telephoto lens technology.