Windshield Camera

I mounted my old Canon S30 camera on the windshield to automatically take photographs of anything interesting that might happen on the road. The camera is USB-controlled by my notebook computer, and set up to take a photo once every 10 seconds.

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The software I use to control the camera is G2Remote, an older program that still works pretty well. You plug in a USB cable, and the software takes photos every few seconds. They can be downloaded to your computer rather than stored on your camera memory card.

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It's fun to get photos of places where I would normally feel awkward pulling out a camera, like military inspection stops and border crossings. Someday I'd love to have 4 cameras, pointing in all directions!

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I can later put all these photographs together into a time-lapse movie using Apple's QuickTime Pro.

Windshield Camera Movie - Sunset (1½ hours compressed into an 18-second time-lapse video) Bahía Santa Rosalillita, Baja California, MexicoDriving From Seattle to the Black Rock Desert at 10,000 MPH