Six Days of Baja 2001
Days Eight through Ten
On the Pacific beach, day six #1
On the Pacific beach, day six #2
About this year's pages:
In the past four years I've evolved from hand building the web pages to using a tool for generating the thumbnail pages and manually annotating them. This year, I used a product that automatically generates the thumbnail pages, the HTLM pages, etc. called JASC Media Center Plus ( www.jasc.com ). Includes a nifty macro/compiler language command set. Highly recommended.
About this years photos:
All shots were taken on a Sony DSC-P1 digital camera ( www.sony.com ) .
This was my first year using a digital camera on the ride. My primary concerns were battery life, having enough storage to last the trip, and durability. By using the optical finder and limiting use of the LCD display, I had no problem with battery life, with a fully charged battery easily lasting a day. I took along five 64 megabyte (mb), two 32 mb and one 16 mb memory sticks, and used every last kilobyte. I crashed pretty hard on the camera once, exposed it to dust, salt, salt spray and completely inundated it on one water crossing and it held up fine.
In general I found the camera to be satisfactory in almost all respects. It fires up from a cold start much faster than the first generation Sony digital cameras, is very compact for its capabilities, has an optical zoom and an optical viewfinder and performed admirably under trying circumstances. The only significant drawback is that the flash is pretty anemic. I had it set to maximum output and I still had to manually lighten nearly every flash shot I took in Paint Shop Pro ( www.jasc.com ) before posting them.
I used 1600 x 1200 resolution for all shots. This used about 900k per image, yielding about 72 shots per 64 mb stick. There should be 128 mb and 256 mb sticks available next year. If so, I'll take some of them along and use a higher resolution setting. 1600 x 1200 is about as low as you can go and still get reasonable snapshot sized prints. If you are going to print these images, you may want to run them through an editor and tweak the gamma and sharpness.
If you would like a photo print copy of a photo:
Select the picture from the thumbnail view, then select it again
from the single picture view. Once the full frame picture is displayed, right
click on the picture and select "save as." Once you have saved the
file to your local system, email a copy of the file to an on-line photo service,
such as www.kodak.com, or take the file to a
local Kinkos ( www.kinkos.com ) and you can
get a hard copy print.