We updated some maps features yesterday, and Google has added two more levels of zoom to a lot of their maps (in addition to lots of details in Europe that were missing before). One of the places that got a great level of detail is Las Vegas, which makes this gallery a lot of fun to browse on maps. The pictures were taken by Wally Argus
(My favorite is the satellite imagery of the Luxor, which is the second image in the gallery. Click the second photo on the right when you are on the map page to zoom right to it)
Today we have yet another awesome map. (I just can’t get enough of these travel maps… so awesome). This one is from smugmug user Sebastian Hosche as he travels from Leipzig to Bamberg.
And as usual, a sample!
The awesome part about this particular travelog is that he geotagged his images so that you can check them out with our fairly new Maps feature:
Click here for the map!
And of course, to whet your appetite:
First, the good news: the note attached to your photos called EXIF, which contains stuff like the time your photo was shot, can also contain location info. Cool.
The bad news: unless you have a high-end Nikon attached to a GPS, your camera is clueless about location.
You could buy a Ricoh with GPS card like I did, but it sucks. The GPS card goes where the memory card normally goes, so you’re left with 8 MB of built-in memory. Not many photos… And it isn’t a good camera but costs a lot.
However! You can buy Robogeo to sychronize the time stamps between your GPS log and photos. If the GPS says you were on the Golden Gate Bridge at 8:13 PM and you took a photo around that time….you get the idea.
Some camera phones have GPS and you can get a GPS card for a Treo 650, which has a decent camera. But I haven’t figured out whether they embed the location info into the EXIF. Anyone know?
Sometimes the location reported by your GPS is not what you want in your photo. If you stand on the Brooklyn Bridge and shoot the Empire State Building, you might prefer to have the location be the Empire State Building.
For those exceptions, you can look up latitude and longitude using Google Maps: find the spot on the map and double-click it. The map centers. Now click the Link to this page link. An URL will appear in your browser address bar. The first two numbers you see in it, reading from left to right, is the latitude and longitude. Copy and paste them to Robogeo and you’re set.
Easier by far is to use Smugmug’s Edit Geography tool. You find the location and it fills in latitude and longitude for you. But it does not yet burn it into the EXIF of your photo.
What’s your experience?