I am Silent Owl, Forest Ninja

It's the last day of camp. While Kira was off picking up Sophie from her week as a ranger in the woods, I grabbed Nick, the Forest Ninja. He spent the week covered in camouflage charcoal and learning to spar while counting in Japanese. It's essentially what I used to do with Brett Badgett and Johnny Gallagher in the backyard in the neighborhood, but organized, and likely more safe. 

I get a lot of questions about megapixels in digital cameras and I largely don't like the debate. In most cases, the larger the megapixel count on a digital camera, the more tiny dots the manufacturer is jamming onto the same-sized image sensor. That's not a good thing, in general, and leaves you with a whole lot of really crappy pixels and images that are big, but noisy. That's why I usually recommend staying away from gimmicky, high-resolution cameras in favor of smaller megapixel counts on higher quality sensors. The flagship Nikon I shot for years was a 12.1 megapixel camera in an era of point-and-shoots climbing the 16 and 18 megapixel tree, and of course, I wouldn't have traded at all. 

That said, this image showcases one key benefit of high-MP cameras: fake panoramas. This image is cropped at 7.5" x 22.5", a solid panorama orientation, usually left for landscapes. To do landscapes right takes a wide-angle lens to capture more image data. On the camera I'm using right now, I'm faking it, shooting with a 50mm lens and cropping, but thanks to the high-MP count on this camera, I'm able to retain detail while printing at larger, landscape sizes.