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Old 05-19-2014, 04:35 PM   #21
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Let me put another question: How much would it cost to replace the camera, you say its a point and shoot type, are we talking under $200. Then the question becomes if you had lost the camera how much effort would you put in finding it?
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A poster on City-Data's Oregon forum thinks the scene is from 'downtown' Yachats, Oregon. You could send that photo to their Chamber of Commerce info@yachats.org to see if they can give you the name of the resort.

Now that I pop through some of the local pics it looks like Cape Perpetua.
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It might be worth noting that you can take a photo of your address / contact info and lock that photo on the SD card, so it is never over written. Then Al can chase you down easier in the future.
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What about listing the found camera on some of the Craig's Lists in the area?

(Any potential claimant would need to describe some of the pix taken.)


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Today I took the camera on a hike, and really enjoyed using it. The screen is significantly brighter than my other Nikon, and it has more zoom. I was thinking: I sure hope I don't find the owner now.

However, when I got home, I wasn't that impressed with the sharpness of the photos. I may not have used the focusing quite right, but it should have done better. Here it is at it's worst -- maximum resolution:

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Here are some other shots from the hike, after sharpening and other fixups. The one of Lena and the seagulls is particularly nice if you view it full screen:
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The camera being dropped very likely has gotten its optics knocked out of kilter, hence the fuzzy picture when zoomed to the max.
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The camera being dropped very likely has gotten its optics knocked out of kilter, hence the fuzzy picture when zoomed to the max.
It might need some percussive maintenance.

I don't think Yachats is it, since for all the hotels in the area, there's a beach between the bluff and the ocean.

Here's video from the camera.

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The beach video could be at another location. There is a stream that looks similar at Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek.
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However, when I got home, I wasn't that impressed with the sharpness of the photos. I may not have used the focusing quite right, but it should have done better. Here it is at it's worst -- maximum resolution:
A possible explanation for the poor focus may lie in where it was focusing. If the camera is set to focus to a specific point or very small area, and that area was to the right, there isn't much to focus on and a lot of cameras can't do it.

This occurs to me because the other photos are in focus. However, if the camera is set to select focus over the entire scene it should have picked up on the contrast between the land and water.

Even with an expensive DLSR, if you point it at a blank smooth wall it won't focus because it can't find any contrasting lines to focus on.
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Here is a comment from the City-Data Oregon forum:

I was also thinking it looks like the central coast, especially the resorts and motels north of downtown Yachats. The walkway reminds me of the Historic 804 Trail that is between the buildings and the coast.

Here are a couple of pictures I took from the porch of the Fireside Motel in Yachats:



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Tried that, but it involved long wait times on hold--gave up.
If it was a Canon it would be worth a bit more effort
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Note that I took the beach video during a hike yesterday. That was a comment on focus rather than finding the location of the shots.

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A possible explanation for the poor focus may lie in where it was focusing. If the camera is set to focus to a specific point or very small area, and that area was to the right, there isn't much to focus on and a lot of cameras can't do it.
Yes, that's what I think is going on. In the manual it says this of the mode it was in:
The camera has nine focus areas, and automatically
selects the focus areas containing the subject closest
to the camera. Press the shutter-release button
halfway to activate the focus area.

In this example, it probably focused on that blade of grass:


So I've switched it to center focus area. I'll do some experimenting later comparing the different cameras.
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Set the focus mode to center, and the focus is now just as good as with the old free freeway camera:

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It might need some percussive maintenance...
It's good that the camera is working fine, and you do not need the maintenance action like this character employed in the movie Fargo.

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This article reminded me of your freeway camera finds:

Camera Lost in Shipwreck Found Nearly Two Years Later - With Photos Intact! | ABC News Blogs - Yahoo

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Great story.

A friend was fishing around here and he dropped his watch overboard. Two years later, the guy was fishing in the same lagoon, and caught a large bass.

When he was cleaning the fish, he noticed something hard in the it's stomach. He called me over, and we cut open the stomach, and out popped, and I'm not making this up, a bottle cap!
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