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#16553 - 07/19/11 09:46 AM Whitney webcam
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June 25, 2011? What be wrong with "this picture" of our beloved mountain?

Computer glitch?

"Mouse" problem?

Webcamera "heat stroke?"
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#16555 - 07/19/11 10:33 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: + @ti2d]
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The computer has lost its "umbilical cord" to the Internet. It is either a hardware communications problem, or the computer's clock battery may be dead.

I've been working with the museum manager, but progress has been slow. He is expecting someone will be in this afternoon to look at it.

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#16558 - 07/19/11 11:09 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Hmmm...

"mouse" problem...


D-Con up!
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#16590 - 07/19/11 09:34 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Looks like "this afternoon" has passed without any help.

...any "zoners" in, or heading to, Lone Pine with a little XP techie experience?

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#16593 - 07/20/11 05:35 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Doug,

Will you please help us out to get our camera up and running.
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#16595 - 07/20/11 07:22 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Looks like "this afternoon" has passed without any help.

...any "zoners" in, or heading to, Lone Pine with a little XP techie experience?


I might could take a little look at it this weekend Steve... if you want to send me the stats on the system I could do a little research before heading up so I can have some possible solutions on hand...

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#16598 - 07/20/11 09:12 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: SoCalGirl]
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Thanks, Chris. Wazzu has stepped up, and she'll be there Friday.

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#16602 - 07/20/11 10:04 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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I'm available for tech support, have similar equipment & manuals here. Steve, OK to give Wazzu my number.
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#16694 - 07/22/11 11:10 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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With wazzu and wagga's help, we were able to check the Whitney webcam computer at the museum in Lone Pine. It turns out the power supply has died. Wazzu is taking the computer home, and we'll get it repaired and back running.

There might be an opportunity for someone heading up from So. Cal to Lone Pine, to deliver and reconnect the computer.

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#17004 - 08/02/11 06:59 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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The computer has been repaired and is ready to hook up. Is anyone on this forum heading up in the next week or two, and willing to take it to the museum?

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#17008 - 08/02/11 07:48 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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I'll be there in late Sept or early October, doing a few runs around the west and east side before hitting the trail. If you can't find anyone by then, I'll do it whistle
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#17009 - 08/02/11 07:52 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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Thanks Fishman. But I should be getting over there by then myself. If nothing else, wazzu might UPS it back to the museum in the next week or two.

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#17012 - 08/02/11 08:05 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Anybody in the So Cal area going up before Aug 28th?

I already have a trip schedule to be in Lone Pine on the 28th.

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#17014 - 08/02/11 08:25 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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there's a chance that I am going to head up for a day hike and some fishing at LPL this saturday. I'll let you know when I nail it down.

of course, then I need to get from the valley to OC to get the puter......

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#17026 - 08/02/11 12:42 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
The computer has been repaired and is ready to hook up. Is anyone on this forum heading up in the next week or two, and willing to take it to the museum?
I was in Lone Pine most of last week. I could have taken it there, but I'm guessing it was still in the shop at that point. Bad timing, oh, well....
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#17132 - 08/03/11 03:37 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: tdtz]
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Originally Posted By: tdtz
of course, then I need to get from the valley to OC to get the puter......

You could meet Wazzu halfway - that is if you both are willing to risk the "psychopath I met on the Internet syndrome".

It's a good guess that each of you own an ice axe, anyway...
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#17138 - 08/03/11 05:01 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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wagga - You crack me up!!! LMHO!
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#17868 - 08/28/11 12:23 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: CaT]
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Picture is back! Clicking on the thumbnail brings up the old pic, just hit refresh on the browser & it should be good.

Wazzu: Many many tanked ewes!
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#17869 - 08/28/11 12:40 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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Thank you thank you, Wazzu! It is so nice to have it back running.

And good luck on your Whitney adventure.

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#18037 - 09/04/11 05:53 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga

Wazzu: Many many tanked ewes!
wink

You're welcome.

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#18220 - 09/11/11 05:42 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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I do believe, when the clouds move, I see a dusting of new snow up there. Brrrrrrrrrr.

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#18222 - 09/11/11 06:08 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Certainly on Williamson.
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#18256 - 09/11/11 07:34 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Originally Posted By: wazzu
I do believe, when the clouds move, I see a dusting of new snow up there. Brrrrrrrrrr.


I saved one from this afternoon. Check out the cloud, too.

Click on the image for the full-size picture.

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#18278 - 09/12/11 07:15 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Moon set this morning

Click on the image for the full-size picture.

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#18283 - 09/12/11 09:59 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Great moon shot!

What's going on with the focus of the camera?

Or do I need to set up an appt to get my eyes checked?


Edited by wazzu (09/12/11 09:59 AM)

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#18284 - 09/12/11 10:04 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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I'm going to have to switch it to "manual focus", which is not as crisp as automatic (when it works).

Apparently in certain light situations, such as when there are lots of clouds, the focusing mechanism can't figure it out. So we get blurry pictures.

I have just switched it to manual focus, so it will be better now.

I'm heading over this weekend to clean the window of the camera box, so I hope it will help.


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#18285 - 09/12/11 10:15 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
I'm going to have to switch it to "manual focus", which is not as crisp as automatic (when it works).


well, you'd think that once focused on the mountain, at that distance and then switched to manual, it should be perfect.
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#18286 - 09/12/11 11:20 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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> well, you'd think that once focused on the mountain, at that distance and then switched to manual, it should be perfect.

Yes, I thought that too. But the program driving the camera has a focus setting, and setting it to infinity does not achieve the best focus. Go figure.

I am guessing that is why Olympus stopped making the camera with computer-driven capabilities. There currently isn't a reasonably priced camera on the market that provides these features:

  - Zoom level appropriate for the Lone Pine to Whitney distance
  - Can be controlled by computer software.
  - Reasonably priced

Current reasonably priced point-and-shoot cameras will zoom and take better quality pictures. But none can be controlled by computer.

I fantasize about a computer-controlled robotic setup that could be built to run a camera. It would need to be able to mechanically operate the camera, PLUS connect and disconnect the camera-to-computer USB connection, since the current cameras (at least the Panasonic I have) won't take a picture when connected to the computer.

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#18287 - 09/12/11 11:40 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C


I fantasize about a computer-controlled robotic setup that could be built to run a camera. It would need to be able to mechanically operate the camera, PLUS connect and disconnect the camera-to-computer USB connection, since the current cameras (at least the Panasonic I have) won't take a picture when connected to the computer.


If I find some time I'll take a look at what camera may take images while connected to a computer. I always thought that you can do that with any decent DSLR, bypassing the internal storage while doing studio work. Gonna have to see what I can find out. Once you have a DSLR that can do it, manual focus glass is a dime a dozen and worlds better than anything you get these days on a point and shoot camera unless you go with something exotic like the Nex-5 or Leica.

Triggering the camera may require a little more, but I know I can run my cameras on the panorama bot fully unattended and that doesn't even take a computer, just a PDA. Just not sure if I can do that directly to computer drive. Never tried it.
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#18288 - 09/12/11 11:48 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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Fish, I really appreciate your looking into it. But beware of the price of the DSLR. Of course, we don't need new -- used cameras are ok.

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#18289 - 09/12/11 11:58 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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wel, that didn't take more htan one google serach - my old (and dirt cheap) Nikon D40 has this setup option:

Quote:


USB Menu

This selects how the camera behaves when plugged into a computer via USB.

I leave it at mass storage, which means my D40 appears as an external hard drive between which you can drag and drop images and folders in Mac OSX Finder or Windows Explorer.

PTP is used if you want to control the D40 as an external device, for instance, via Nikon Camera Control Pro for remote camera control. PTP makes the D40 look like a device instead of like a drive.

Use whichever works best with your computer and workflow.



Nikon and many others have created software for it. Have not really looked for the right solution but here's a youtube clip showing the basics:

'

From what I can gather, the software used in the video is free

http://www.gphoto.org/

hey - maybe your camera is listed as supported:

http://www.gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/support.php

even my old point and shoot Canon PowerShot A590 IS is listed as supported.

Obviously, this all requires that the rest of your setup can deal with an image input directory, rather than directly control the software.


more interesting reading: http://www.gphoto.org/doc/remote/ shows that you won't ever run out of memory card space

and lots of usefull info here http://www.moreno.marzolla.name/software/time_lapse_movies/

I'm sure if I had a real goal, I could probably build my own webcam app using these tools. In fact, I bet there's a lot of people out there reselling stuff based on these libraries.


Edited by Fishmonger (09/12/11 12:23 PM)
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#18290 - 09/12/11 12:10 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Fish, I really appreciate your looking into it. But beware of the price of the DSLR. Of course, we don't need new -- used cameras are ok.


A used D40 like mine is worth about $120-150, and then add a 55-200mm lens (can turn AF off) and you're set. $120-150 max for the lens and it rocks for the money, giving you 300mm equivalent range)
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#18292 - 09/12/11 02:27 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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Interesting links, thanks. Looks like the gphoto site lists the Olympus SP500 among the many supported cameras. The drawback for gphoto is that it doesn't run on a Windows platform. We'd have to completely redo our host computers.

In the discussion, they lament that most cameras will no longer support remote control -- the ability to take a picture and upload it to a computer automatically.

That is why I was fantasizing about using robotics: Mechanical robotic controls, driven by the computer, to take the picture. Then a control to switch over to connect to the camera via USB, and transfer the picture off the camera's memory card into the computer, and erase the memory card file.


...I'll look at your links more.

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#18322 - 09/13/11 07:39 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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yeah, the unix platform is a bummer, but it's about the only way to control cameras that aren't high end. Seems like even expensive dedicated windows software like Nikon Camera Control Pro may be limited in the capabilities useful to set up a web cam.

They have a free trial - I'll grab it later this year when I get some time and play with it. Thing is - software, camera, lens, and you're suddenly spending $500 on stuff.
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#18548 - 09/20/11 10:40 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Whitney webcam working - check

Williamson webcam working - ?????

Steve, do you need to order another power supply for Williamson?

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#18552 - 09/20/11 12:17 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Well, someone is paying attention! cool

The Williamson webcam computer is on-line, but not the camera. That camera is an older camera model, Olympus C740. The Whitney cam is an Olympus SP500 UZ.

Unfortunately, there was a power outage yesterday. When that occurs, the C740 needs to be shut off, and back on again. Pulling the power and plugging back in doesn't work.

I have emailed Dmatt to ask him to do that. It is on the back porch of his office, so not a huge operation.

Here's the older C740


And the Olympus SP500






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#18573 - 09/21/11 05:01 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Monday evening's whitney webcam image at 6:56pm was pretty spectacular. Had to save that one to my desktop.

It almost looks like there was a light filter on the camera to get the burnt sienna tone.


Edited by tdtz (09/21/11 05:07 AM)

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#18580 - 09/21/11 09:22 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: tdtz]
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Spectacular indeed!

Here's the picture Tom saved:

      (click on it for full-size)


And another from last evening:


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#18584 - 09/21/11 09:58 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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over the last 2 years I saved about 30 shots I liked - they keep cycling randomly as backgrounds on my laptop. One day I'll get around to making a small gallery. Everything from sunsets to blowing snow.
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#18587 - 09/21/11 10:47 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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Hope the Twins are in at least one of the 30 or so shots

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#18619 - 09/22/11 07:28 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Fishmonger]
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Originally Posted By: Fishmonger
over the last 2 years I saved about 30 shots I liked - they keep cycling randomly as backgrounds on my laptop. One day I'll get around to making a small gallery. Everything from sunsets to blowing snow.

I have been saving both Whitney and Williamson webcam shots if they are very nice.
Within each webcam's separate folder on my hard drive, I simply name each successive pic 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg, etc.
After saving the two beautiful Whitney pics posted just above, I am now up to 102.jpg in my Whitney webcam folder (considerably less in the Williamson folder).

CaT
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#18645 - 09/22/11 08:10 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: CaT]
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I guess that my idea to save webcam shots was not so original...

Mine are listed by date, however, they are just sitting in a big mass of pictures from hikes that I don't bother to look at (all of my pictures just sit in one random collecton -- no grouping whatsoever....how unscientific of me!)

The Whitney pics are one of the few pictures that I have actually looked at several times; I like the idea of making a slide show screen saver with them.
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#18780 - 09/28/11 08:55 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Williamson webcam finally came back on-line today!



Originally Posted By: Steve C
Well, someone is paying attention! cool

The Williamson webcam computer is on-line, but not the camera. That camera is an older camera model, Olympus C740. The Whitney cam is an Olympus SP500 UZ.

Unfortunately, there was a power outage yesterday. When that occurs, the C740 needs to be shut off, and back on again. Pulling the power and plugging back in doesn't work.

I have emailed Dmatt to ask him to do that. It is on the back porch of his office, so not a huge operation.

Here's the older C740


And the Olympus SP500






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#18957 - 10/05/11 03:30 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: + @ti2d]
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computer glitch i think confused

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#19081 - 10/10/11 07:20 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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What's up with the Whitney cam? Nice shot of 4 flying objects, but last update is 7:49am on 10-10-2011.

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#19090 - 10/10/11 11:26 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Thanks for the heads up, wazzu. It appears that the internet service at the Film History Museum has flaked out. I can connect to the webcam computer, but it cannot connect to any internet pages -- so it can't post the pictures it is taking.

I'm asking the museum staff look into that.

Edit: Called museum staff at 2 PM, found that they could not reach any Internet websites. Suggested they call their Internet service provider. Webcam came back online at 2:17! cool


Edited by Steve C (10/10/11 08:10 PM)

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#19557 - 11/04/11 08:57 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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This morning the webcam was aimed too high, with only the Whitney crest visible. Something has shifted the camera's aim -- a big bird or strong wind gust, or ???.

I zoomed it back out, so now we can see more of Mt Whitney ...and more of the Sierra crest, too.

We'll need to adjust it back down eventually.

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#19565 - 11/04/11 12:38 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Quote:
a big bird or strong wind gust, or ???.

There was a 4.1 quake down around Inyokern around 8:30 in the morning of November 1. How long has the webcame been out of alignment?

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#19566 - 11/04/11 12:42 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: CaT]
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It shifted last night or this morning -- yesterday's pictures are all ok, even to the last one at 6:30. Here's the 6:05 PM view:



Note... these pics will switch to new ones Saturday morning (they do every morning).
You can review the pictures on this page: Webcam picture sequence page

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#19579 - 11/04/11 03:29 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Who is on the roster for this month?
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#19597 - 11/04/11 06:33 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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#20484 - 01/02/12 05:03 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
This morning the webcam was aimed too high, with only the Whitney crest visible. Something has shifted the camera's aim -- a big bird or strong wind gust, or ???.

I zoomed it back out, so now we can see more of Mt Whitney ...and more of the Sierra crest, too.

We'll need to adjust it back down eventually.


SteveC will be out at Lone Pine today, so keep an eye out for a change in the picture.
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#20488 - 01/02/12 08:38 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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It's happening. 11:33, tilt is fixed, but it's out of focus.
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#20491 - 01/02/12 01:54 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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Focus fixed. That camera model's software has problems with manual focus when run from the computer software. Have to zoom out just a little and adjust the focus.

On auto-focus, it works well, even zoomed all the way to 10x, but then when it is cloudy, the focus completely fails, with terribly fuzzy pictures.

So what we have is a compromise: zoomed out a little, with manual focus.

Here's the current setup:

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#20500 - 01/03/12 04:22 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Thanks, Steve. 7:15 this morning is a keeper.
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#20508 - 01/03/12 10:16 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Nice job on the camera.

Did you need to rope up and use ice axe & crampons? smile

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#20509 - 01/03/12 10:30 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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No ice axe, but several specialized ascenders and descenders had to be positioned on the route. wink

Here's the crux move:

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#20510 - 01/03/12 10:57 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Just need a couple of forklifts...

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#20932 - 01/23/12 09:15 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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New camera angle today at 12:14pm?

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#20933 - 01/23/12 09:38 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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I zoomed out the Whitney webcam, since today's weather appears to be dumping on Mt. Whitney, and all we could see was a big gray cloud. I was hoping the Alabama Hills would have some snow, but no luck.

I see the clouds parting now, and lots of snow is appearing just beyond the Alabama Hills.

I'll zoom it back in once the storm clears.

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#21075 - 01/28/12 02:26 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Here is yesterday's webcam video. It shows smoke starting from the controlled burn.


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#23350 - 04/27/12 12:27 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Both webcams were down, so was the one at the hostel. I called the Film History museum, and they said there is power, but all cellular and internet connections are dead in the Owens Valley.

From the last time on the webcam pictures, it looks like things failed about 6:40 this morning. And now the first pictures are coming in at 12:25.

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#25409 - 06/26/12 08:50 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Power outage in Owens Valley last evening knocked both webcams down. Williamson cam always needs to be manually turned off and back on.

Not sure about Whitney cam. It usually comes back automatically. I'll see if I can get someone to turn its power off and on and see what happens.

Both computers restarted fine. But the computers cannot "see" the connected camera.

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#25447 - 06/27/12 10:28 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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AAAarrrg! Seems the camera won't come back online. I'm going to have to get some replacement equipment, and make a run to Lone Pine.

...bottom line, WhitneyZone Mt Whitney webcam is out of service for a few weeks. frown

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#25741 - 07/06/12 02:39 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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If anyone is in Lone Pine Sunday A.M., wagga and I plan to be at the Museum to work out whatever the problem is.

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#25751 - 07/06/12 11:20 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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I just got back LATE last night. Would have helped you if I'd known. Was around the area for a week.

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#25777 - 07/08/12 12:24 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Web Cam looks great! Thanks Steve C & Wagga

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#25787 - 07/08/12 06:00 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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We're back. You did a great job on the server, quite clean inside, no mice...
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#25793 - 07/08/12 11:13 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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Nice and clean. No mice, so nice. So we took a picture. Now THAT's a tower. smile




More pictures:

Installing a new USB-controlled power strip.


On the roof


Old camera and new.


Inside the museum:


The new "Halcyon" on display. Never heard a wagon called that, and can't find it on the Internet.


A view of Mt Whitney from the roof. Wagga noticed the moon setting over Mt Whitney just as we started to work on the roof.


As for the camera, the old one got a "Zoom Fault" on power-up. Once here at home, a few taps, and turning it on in a different mode, then back, and now it seems to work again. But it has taken some 50k pictures, so maybe it should be given a big rest.

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#25795 - 07/09/12 08:06 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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That picture is priceless!!! Thanks so much!! =)
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#25796 - 07/09/12 08:11 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: mrshherrera]
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Nice work, S&W.

Man, it sure looks dry up there
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#25896 - 07/12/12 05:01 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: saltydog]
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mrshherrera spotted this today and posted in the "Shout Box":

"there is a helicopter flying over Whitney right now, 1:58 PM PST"

So I hunted down the webcam picture:



Zooming in... I don't think it's a helicopter. It's Mother Mosquito bringing all her little monsters to the Main Mt Whitney Trail!   grin



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#27663 - 09/11/12 11:49 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Here's our latest Whitney Webcam Service Tech, keeping the picture bright:

Just for reference, from June, '10, helping build the webcam box:



These are from Sept, '12:


                       


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#27668 - 09/12/12 10:43 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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It's a dragonfly...
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#27698 - 09/12/12 09:06 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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She is growing up!! She looks two feet taller since I last saw her (2 yrs ago)Age? Grade?
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#27699 - 09/12/12 10:13 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Bee]
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She's a big third grader. Turns 8 next month.

She really liked this trip: She caught four trout at Whitney Portal, and got her very own steak at Seasons.


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#27776 - 09/15/12 06:19 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Is she hiking/backpacking with Dad yet? That's where the fun really begins!

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#29648 - 01/20/13 09:51 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Bulldog34]
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Thought I'd share some views from the webcams.

This on from Jan 13, 2013.


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#29649 - 01/20/13 10:02 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Sunset on Mt Whitney:


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#32023 - 06/28/13 01:13 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Webcam maintenance crew, John Sims:

Thanks so much, John!!!

           

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#32036 - 06/28/13 09:58 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Ditto, thanks John.

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#32047 - 06/29/13 03:35 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: 2600fromatari]
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You guys are most welcome. It was really no trouble, and took all of 15 minutes. The question is: Did it help?
John

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#32049 - 06/29/13 10:53 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: John Sims]
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You bet it helped. It is only a subtle difference, and it shows up mostly in the afternoon when the sunlight isn't the best on Whitney. But cleaning off the dirt improves all the pictures.

It needs to be done about every 6 months.

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#32732 - 08/14/13 12:46 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Wazzu happened to see this on the webcam on Monday, 8/12/2013 at 12:45:



(click for slightly larger image)

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#35146 - 02/17/14 10:57 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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The webcam picked up some nice moon-set pictures today.

The sequence:
                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

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#35147 - 02/18/14 12:12 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Hey Steve, can you post the address as to where the full size collection of these pix are? I want to grab some of them for my collection (I have been collecting web pix since 2009)
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#35149 - 02/18/14 08:41 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Bee]
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They're here: http://stevec.smugmug.com/Other/Whitney-Webcam-pictures

With smugmug pictures, if you take the main part of the URL of any image, drop off the ending stuff with the big numbers, it takes you to the album where the pictures are located.

Here's one from Sunday morning -- first one taken for the day, showing the moon slipping behind clouds over Whitney. (It's in the same album.)


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#36619 - 05/20/14 12:06 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Here's 63chevyII and friends. They serviced the dirty window on the webcam box.





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#36884 - 05/29/14 03:34 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Steve - looks like the Mt Williamson camera needs to be rebooted.

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#36896 - 05/30/14 12:08 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Yes, that Prius has been stuck there for several days. wink

I'll see what I can do.

...Ha! It will start in the morning. Thanks for the heads up.

Unfortunately, the Whitney cam is off line currently.


Edited by Steve C (05/30/14 12:18 AM)

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#37741 - 06/21/14 04:34 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Originally Posted By: wazzu
Steve - looks like the Mt Williamson camera needs to be rebooted.


It has been stuck since 6/19.

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#40163 - 09/09/14 10:56 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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Looks like our Whitney webcam computer died last night.

The Lone Pine Film History Museum has Internet service, but I can't connect to the computer running the webcam. Looks like it's going to take at least one trip over to figure this one out.
frown

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#40169 - 09/09/14 12:51 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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#40170 - 09/09/14 01:44 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Looks like our Whitney webcam computer died last night.

The Lone Pine Film History Museum has Internet service, but I can't connect to the computer running the webcam. Looks like it's going to take at least one trip over to figure this one out.
frown


Have you had the staff reboot the computer? Running Windows for more than 2 years is amazing (and foolhardy!).
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#40172 - 09/09/14 02:13 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wagga]
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Remember, the computer is inside/behind a little door inside the tower. smirk
And now there is an office cabinet in front of that door!

But the system has reliably rebooted after every power failure, which is every few months.

There was no power outage last evening, so I am puzzled.

....I'll see if they can cut the power and restore it via the electrical panel, maybe at closing time.

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#40219 - 09/11/14 04:43 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Ha! I called about cutting the power, and they remembered that workers were messing around with wiring related to hooking up security cameras. Wires were unplugged, etc. etc.

So while I was on the phone they tried plugging one of the wires back into the router. Turns out THAT was the problem.

Back on line! cool cool "Two" cool.

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#41198 - 12/17/14 09:10 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: wazzu]
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From 09/20/11:
Originally Posted By: wazzu
Whitney webcam working - check

Williamson webcam working - ?????

Steve, do you need to order another power supply for Williamson?

The Williamson computer is down, now. I suspect it is the power supply. Dennis is checking it out.

Edit: Well, at 12:20 PM today, the webcam magically came back online. Ok, not so magically. Dennis has an ace hardware person, who just happened to have a power supply on hand. That was it!


Edited by Steve C (12/17/14 03:32 PM)

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#41201 - 12/17/14 05:10 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Damn, I was hoping it would go down just bad enough to need to be moved somewhere that damn billboard is not in the shot.
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#41205 - 12/17/14 10:56 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: saltydog]
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Yeah, maybe we could move it to the top of the billboard. :-/

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#52078 - 09/06/17 09:59 PM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Nice mosquito!



Album is here.

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#52081 - 09/07/17 12:33 AM Re: Whitney webcam [Re: Steve C]
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Nice mosquito!

   

Album is here.


Similar, other than size, to the B25 strain we have in Darwin and the Arnhem land. Legend has it that during World War 2 a lineman refueled one without noticing that it wasn't a B25 Mitchell bomber.
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