The Silent Observer's Digital Photography Page


In late April, 2001, I got a new web camera that can be unplugged and used as a Digital Still Camera, or DSC.  This new camera, a Creative WebCam Go, lets me experiment with photography without spending money on film and processing; I can shoot lots of snaps, delete the really bad ones, and examine the rest or process them in software like GIMP or the included Polaroid PhotoMax to correct exposure and color balance problems.

This camera isn't the most sophisticated around, and I might have overpaid for it (I spent $120 at a local computer store); it has an uncalibrated scale focus, no display, and an optical viewfinder akin to the ones found on Brownie cameras fifty years ago, lacking even parallax correction frames in the viewfinder.  There's no flash, no memory card slot, and no tripod mount.  On the other hand, it has a self timer, a built in sequence mode, and the settings for resolution and image quality can be changed when the camera is plugged into my computer, giving me a bit more flexibility that I'd have gotten for $50 to $70 with a JamCam or similar bottom end DSC -- plus, it's a much  better web camera than the Alaris WeeCam I had previously.  With 4 MB of internal Flash memory (non-volatile, it will store images even with dead or no batteries), I can take up to 77 shots at the highest resolution and quality; when docked I can also record AVI movies, including sound if the computer has a microphone.  And, like all web cameras, I can use it for video conferencing, motion detection, etc.

I haven't made any conversions for use with my telescope; that will probably remain the exclusive domain of the WeeCam, since its lens easily unscrews completely off the D mount to allow me to use prime focus or eyepiece projection to place the image on the chip, while the WebCam Go has the lens locked in place with only 270 degrees of focus travel.

This page is for posting the images I've taken with this camera that I consider worthy of public view; these will be thumbnailed to speed loading, and will also include information about the image and the setting that led to it.


Mystery Image
Mystery Image
Intimate View
Intimate View
Highway Blur
Highway Blur
Plastic Easter
Plastic Easter
Ground Cover
Ground Cover
The Germinator
The Germinator
Veatch
Veatch
Lake Washington Sunrise
Lake Washington Sunrise
Rhodies
Rhodies

Sand Glyphs

Drift Pool



All images on this page except Mystery Image are Copyright © 2001 by Donald Qualls.
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