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Family Day in the Rocky Mountains | Case #006

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Mike Wingham for indicating these shots were taken at The Banff Gate Mountain Resort at Dead Man’s Flats. Knowing this is a hotel of sorts tell us that these people were likely visiting from somewhere else, rather than residents of the area.

The Film

First time I have come across an abandoned digital camera with an SD card still in the slot. So in this case, the “film” is a Kodak 512MB SD Card with a Digital Assurance Promise logo in the bottom left corner. These are still in stock on amazon.com for $20 each.

I like that it’s Kodak 🙂

The Camera

Again, Kodak brand Polaroid PDC 2350 point & shoot camera with an earth shattering 2 mega pixel sensor 🙂 It was released in 2003 and has some features that I admired for a camera of the time, such as limited shutter control, iso (even if it only went to 400), and the ability to take video (no audio). When I discovered it had an internal memory, I found another two images. When I played around with it a bit, the low battery indicator started to flash when I used zoom.

The Images

It’s a family gathering. Three settings: In the home, at a park, and in a restaurant. 2MP doesn’t give you any zooming capability if I want to see more detail. All these images show at 100% on my monitor. The meta data looks like it reset for these images as well. They are labeled january 1st, 2003…the same date I was given to enter as default when first plugging it with batteries.

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Here’s what could be grandpa and granddaughter going over an old photo album. And no cell phone on the table 😉

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Costco brand products in the typical cardboard basket.

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You do get the impression of a visit. These two could be sisters. Their home and backyard looks very much like Canmore.

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Hugging it out on the court

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Another court shot, from the internal memory

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A kid I don’t see in any other photo.

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The last image. Battery could have died, seems to be the repeat story with many of these.

Even though we can’t figure the date, we can look at the time from the first to the last shot, in this case, three hours past. The camera was made in 2003 so it’s after that, but probably not very much, as we all know digital cameras are much more disposable than film ones ever were.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014
“The mountain in the background is The Windtower, which is on the west end of Mount Lougheed. The picture, then, was probably taken in the condos in Dead Man’s Flats.” Thanks to Rob for that great piece of information!

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