Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: Cache Cameras
started by: Gimpy
Posted by Gimpy on July 20 2002,3:35 amLooking for some feedback. What are your feelings about disposable cameras in caches? I've put out 26 caches so far, & usually put a camera in each. I've developed & posted the pics from 5 cameras, have 4 more in my possesion to have developed, & through info from recent logs at some of my caches, have to go out & pick up 5 more full cameras & put in new ones. I'm not concerned about the financial end of it at all. But does anybody make any attempt to view pics from cameras at caches they've visited. I've got containers to place an additional 14 caches, & really not sure if including cameras in all of them is beneficial in any way. One of my caches is ready for it's 5th camera, & I'm really not sure if any folks have checked out the pics from the first 4. It's getting to the point where I'm spending more time on cache maintenance than I am caching. Not complaining, mind you. I really enjoy putting caches out for others to go after. But if cachers take a snapshot & forget it, is it worth the effort. Just curious.
Posted by Hinge Thunder on July 20 2002,5:48 am
I love looking at pics of cachers (especially if they are idenified). Yes, I check! Gimpy, I know I have pictures on a bunch of your cameras, but why are there no pics of me or Issaquah Puppy on on your page?
Posted by mikechim on July 20 2002,6:33 amWell to be truthful it depends. I've found too many caches to check on all of them and see if pictures have been posted. However 1 individual did email everyone who had visited his cache to notify them that pics were up. I visited the cache page again and liked the pic I took so I downloaded it, and that was a really nice touch.
And when I finally get out your way the cache cams would be nice.
So, from my point of view, if you take the time to email everyone (even more cache maintenance time) then I think it's worth it. If not then probably not except for your own interest. I'm hoping one of my cams will capture a picture of the elusive 19-24 year old, hot, single, would actually go hiking, female geocacher.
Posted by Rob on July 20 2002,8:04 amI still like the idea of cameras in caches. If anything it shows me that the cache placer is taking an extra effort to put out an interesting cache. It is quite a commitment though. You’ve got to keep track of the camera, have the film developed, scan the pictures and upload them. That’s a lot of work and I have no idea how much it costs to develop film these days.
I have two caches with cameras that are close to being full. I’m looking forward to getting them developed but I will probably only replace the camera in one of the caches.
I’ve been considering using a cheap digital camera. Actually I have an old one that I never use and it’s pretty simple to operate. Theft could be a problem but it might be worth the gamble. It’s so old that I’m not sure it would be worth stealing.
Posted by YardBoy on July 20 2002,9:23 amI take the time to look at the pix when posted, but I've stopped putting cams in my NaviCaches (serveral have disappeared, others are seldom visited...the price of toughies).
Posted by Alan2 on July 20 2002,8:01 pmIt's really nice of you to do this. But if it's becoming a drudgery, then stop. Geocaching is suppose to be fun. Also, if someone is really interested in seeing their picture at a cache they can take their own camera and take a snapshot. Why not invite them to do this and post their pciture on the cache page. Ask them to post "non spoiler" pictures of the "trek" and the pretty surrounding areas around the cache as well. This way the burden is off of you, the cache web page becomes richer and people have the opportunity to be even more involved in the cache process.
Just my thoughs.
Posted by Morseman on July 21 2002,10:49 amI've seen one set of pictures, for a cache called Mott The Hoople, but I've not heard of any others being completed or posted to the web yet.
One problem is condensation and/or rain water getting into the caches as this can play havoc with the one use cameras.
This year has been a rather wet summer, and I would guess that some cache cameras will suffer quite badly if left for any length of time. The activity level on some caches is still quite low over here.
Posted by Shilfiell on May 10 2003,1:36 pmI never thought of emailing everyone to announce that pictures were posted. I know that most caches I find and then don't check the listings again: if pictures are posted, I never know! Wouldn't it be nice to have a forum topic for Picture Announcements? If there was a listing with a cache name that I'd visited, I know I'd go to view the pics.
Speaking of which, I just posted all the pics from the first cache camera from Watership Down - you can check 'em out at
< http://homepage.mac.com/shilfiell/PhotoAlbum2.html >
Posted by PC Medic on May 10 2003,2:19 pm
A great idea!
So, a new forum has been created in the "Adventures in Geocaching" section for just this purpose!
Posted by PC Medic on May 10 2003,2:21 pm
It appears that something went horribly wrong with the camera when image "004_04.jpg " was taken.
Hopefully this will night frighten any of our visitors!
Posted by Shilfiell on May 10 2003,2:31 pm
LOL! That's a scary one, all right!
Posted by Quinn on May 10 2003,4:09 pmHey...who is that Brad pitt, Elvis Presley kinda looking dude on image 4 anyways?