Craig's Digital Picture Collections
I bought my first digital camera in 1999. I have had quite a few since then, between cell phone cameras and ones that look and act like traditional cameras. I prefer small and light to large and bulky. I like being able to always pull one out of my pocket and take a picture quickly and conveniently.
A summary of my digital cameras is the following:
Model Year Megapixels Standard Resolution Comments Apple iPhone (June, 2007 version) 2007 2 1600x1200 There is nothing I can add about the iPhone. It suffers from having no anti-shake. It is simply too light for old folks like me. I shake, the pictures stink. No video, either. Come on, Steve Jobs, give us a Smart Phone. Not an inadequate approximation to one. Casio EXLIM 600 2006 6 1600x1200 The Casio is about the size of half a deck of cards. It produces decent pictures and QickTime movies. The battery life is incredible. I am not sure what the upper limit on its SD flash memory card is since I have not taken enough pictures on a given trip to fill 1 GB yet. Movies are another story, however. David took a 500 MB movie in Rio. HP 812 2002 4 2272x1712 HP gave me a HP 812 four megapixel camera (thank you very much). It has up to 21X zoom (3X analog, 7X digital) and can produce up to 60 second MPEG movies. The battery life is great, it is small, and it works flawlessly. Kodak DX3600 2000 3 1800x1200 The Kodak is 35mm quality, can take QuickTime videos with audio, has 2/3/6-X zoom, wide angle, and can record sound. Most pictures are 1800x1200 or 900x600 pixels. The camera has been a real headache from early on. I have learned to bring a HP Jornado (a PocketPC) along so that I can pull out the camera's compact flash card, put it in the Jornado, delete zero length pictures, and put the card back in the camera. Otherwise the camera eventually gets so corrupted that it has to have its e-eprom reflashed. The drawbacks of this camera are a real shame since it has so many features that I really like (assuming that the camera is actually operating correctly). Toshiba PDR-M1 1999 1.3 1280x1024 It is compact. I can take up to 60 pictures before having to upload the JPEG images or change the memory card. All of the pictures are near 35mm quality according to Toshiba. It has a 2X zoom.
I can even write out a lecture on a pad of paper on an airplane and include them right away into PowerPoint presentations just by taking pictures of the pages and uploading them to a laptop. Be warned that if you do this trick that you may well have quite an audience almost immediately asking all sorts of questions.
I have traveled extensively. I put pictures here for viewing. I sort these pictures by country, then location. Countries that I have posted pictures include Austria (Graz and Strobl), Germany (Dagstuhl and Heidelberg), Ireland, P.R. China (Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and Xi'an), Sweden (Stockholm), Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Tibet.
I have traveled around the world twice. First in 1999 and then again in 2005. Both times I went east, so my winding number now stands at two.
The trip was from July 24 to August 6, 1999. The trip was 22,052 flight miles according to United Airlines and involved three overnight segments. Luckily, no two of the red eyes were on consecutive nights.
First I flew from Newark to Stockholm. I spent a day there changing time zones and seeing the central part of Stockholm, which is mostly the old, elegant part.
Then it was on to Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland for the ENUMATH 99 conference. This conference is what led to the whole trip since I had to give a lecture in Finland one week followed by a lecture in Beijing the next. While I could have gone home between the two conferences, it seemed like the wrong way (19 time zones versus only 5) to go.
Then it was back to Helsinki and on to Frankfurt and Hong Kong. The route from Frankfurt to Hong Kong took me over Erlangen and Minsk, south of Moscow (its lights were clearly visible), north of Almarta, across the southern part of the Gobi Desert and along the northern and eastern edges of the Himalayan mountains and Tibet, over Changdu, Guangzhou, Macao, and finally into the new Hong Kong airport.
After a day in Hong Kong, it was time to go to Narita airport in Japan. The route took me over Taiwan (right over Taichung, Hsinchu, and Taipei) to Japan and over South Korea (right over Seoul) to Beijing. Mt. Fuji was clearly visible, but was missing its ring of snow on its summit.
The visit to Beijing for the International Workshop on Computational Physics: Fluid Flow and Transport in Porous Media. This workshop was held at the Institute for Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, which is the equivalent of Los Alamos Laboratory in the United States. For entertainment, we went to the Peking Opera one night and to the Great Wall and one of the Ming Tombs on another day.
After a final visit to Narita, I flew nonstop home to JFK airport. The trip from Beijing to Narita took us near North Korea. In fact, close enough that its capital, Pyongyang, was just visible by the horizon. In contrast, there was too much pollution over Seoul to see it. There was a stark difference in the two Koreas that was quite visible from 41000 feet: one was rural and the other was developed.
This time I went to Frankfurt, Vienna, Hong Kong, Narita, Honolulu, and back home.