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    Question weather buoy cam

    I was told there is a weather buoy in Prince Willam Sound that has a web cam mounted to it. Has anyone heard of this and if so, can you share the link? It is supposed to be somewhere in the NOAA website, but I haven't been able to find it.
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    I know there's one in Valdez and one in Juneau, don't know anything about PWS though.

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    Default Valdez

    Do you happen to have the link to the valdez cam? I have found the web cams for these areas but I haven't found any on a buoy.

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    Default PWS Web cam

    I think this is what you're looking for: http://ak.aoos.org/pws/ Half way down the page is the web cam link.
    Hope this helps.

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    Thumbs up Thats a nice site!

    It's not exactly what I was thinking but it is a great collaboration of web cams! What this person described was like a web cam attached to an actual weather buoy out in Port Wells somewhere. I haven't been able to find it so I may have to go back and look this guy up to get a better description.

    Thanks for the link tho.
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    Default buoy

    Click on buoy 46081. It does not have a camera. If this site shows all of the buoys, then I don't believe there is a buoy in the area you're interested in that has a web camera on it. If you do find one (or any for that fact), please post here.

    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/Maps/Alaska_inset.shtml

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    http://akweathercams.faa.gov/

    Potato Point Cam in the Valdez Arm



    http://www.micro-specialties.com/pwscameras.asp

    Tatitlek Cam & 2 others

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    Default no Bouy cams

    having one on a buoy would be impossible to focus unless the water quit moving completely.

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    Just my opinion, but I don't think that's correct. It wouldn't have an automatic focus like a handheld camcorder has.

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    Default stable platform for cam

    my thought was that all still cams anywhere anytime have to have a stable platform to get a shot and a buoy is not at all stable. you'd have a blurred shot of water, then sky, then water, etc. thats why all the webcams are land based.

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    I was thinking of how land-based web cams have everything in focus, from near to far. Kind of like a point-and-shoot camera. Also, when I do freefall video (videoing other skydivers while in freefall with them), I set my camcorder focus manually at infinity and everything (ground, clouds, skydivers, etc.) always is in focus.

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    Default video vs still

    you are right about video, it is easy to stay in focus while moving (steady shot feature helps). try this though. take your regular SLR camera and focus it on an object, then rock back and forth and take several pictures. most, if not all, will be blurred out.

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    Default SLR focus

    If you have a wide angle lens on a SLR camera and have it focused at infinity, everything will remain in focus regardless of whether the camera is still or moving back and forth. The key thing to keep in mind is that auto focus is not being used. The focus is set manually.

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    Default cameras on bouys

    I don't think not putting a camera on a bouy has much to do with the thing bouncing around. I think it mainly has to do with the survivability of the camera in the winter up here. Combine high winds with subfreezing temps and you have a bouy coated in ice. Every now and then, all the instruments on a bouy get cleaned off by a winter storm and it cost money to replace it all. I suspect NOAA just doesn't have the money install and maintain cameras that may not last all that long.

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    I think Rick has it. A difference between whether or not you can put a camera or webcam on a buoy vs. whether or not you should do it.

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    Default I will agree to disagree with you skydiver

    any still camera needs to be exactly that...still. if it moves, or the subject moves, the exposure blurs. infinity focus or not.

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    A still camera does not necessarily have to be still when taking a photo. There are different film speeds, apertures, and shutter speeds that can be used to lessen or prevent blurry photos from moving cameras/subjects. I don't know if it would work on a camera mounted on a buoy (dim light, etc.), but that's how it works in the real world.

    As far as the subject staying in focus as the camera moves, the best example I can provide is the cheapo disposable cameras. Unless the subject is very close to the lens, everything is in focus regardless of whether or not you rock back an forth while taking the picture. Yes, the picture could be blurry if you rock back and forth too fast, but it's a cheap camera and about the only thing you can vary on it is the film speed.

    Maybe we're talking about different scenarios or something. If you can (or want to) explain why the camera has to be still other than simply saying that it must be, then I would be open to your reasoning.

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