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2010-03-21 21:15:54
"The GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr." from csd Contract pics
Picture: The GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr. (Contract pics)

Geotagging for fun and profit
If you've ever found yourself going back through old photos asking "where the devil did I take that picture??", then help is possible. As well as image data, many of you will be aware that JPEG files also contain an EXIF section for storing what's known as metadata. Typically this has been used to record information like the date and time the picture was taken, the focal length & exposure settings, and the make and model of the camera. Someone then came up with the bright idea of using it to store the geographic co-ordinates the camera was at when the photo was taken, and so geotagging was born.
The problem is that most cameras don't have a built-in GPS, and while some software does let you click on a map and assign a location, that's no good if you've forgotten where the shot was taken in the first place! Into this void steps a host of GPS logging dongles, such as the GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr I got for Christmas. The idea is you turn on this little device (just a bit bigger than a USB memory stick), throw it into your rucksack, and head off to the hills snapping as you go. Once you make sure your camera's date and time are set properly, you can use the supplied software to geotag your photos as you import them. It works on the basis of the USB dongle knowing where you were at any given time, and since the date and time the photo was taken will be included in the JPEG file created by your camera, the software can then work out your exact location and write this information into the EXIF info in your JPEG.
Photo album software such as Picasa (Mac and PC) and iPhoto (on the Mac) can then draw maps of where you've taken your photos. The GiSTEQ software also lets you generate custom web pages (using Google's maps), so you can show off the results of your hikes. It all seems to work quite well, though you do have to go through a bit of extra effort to geotag the photos on import using the supplied software. More info at http://www.gisteq.com/PhotoTrackr/PhotoTrackrDPL900.php
Who knows, maybe one day Simon could include geotag support in MountainViews!


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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 20 hours ago.
It is this Saturday 28th April! Visiting some of the lesser know summits in the Galtees, including Temple Hill and Lyracappal. If you would like to join us please contact Liz at elizabethashton201...

  
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Galtybeg: One of those rare perfect days
jackill a day ago.
Every once in a while comes a rare day when everything just works, even though it shouldn't.Dodgy back, banjaxed knees, starting time silly o'clock, have to be home by noon to evict the crows from...

  
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derkelly274
derkelly274 a day ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

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Nephin from the North....stunning views.
derkelly274 a day ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more walk, Len: 5.3km, Climb: 644m, Area: Nephin, North Mayo (Ireland) Nephin

  
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Lugduff: A high point on long ridge separating Glendalough from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 a day ago.
This picture is taken pretty much directly to the west of Lugduff across Glenmalure on an approach to Camenabologue SE Top.Most people will probably take in Lugduff as part of a circuit of Glendal...

  
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy 5 days ago.
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can...

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Camenabologue SE Top: Direct Route from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Followed directions posted on MV to find the forest ride up from Glenmalure. See track 3766.The first section of forestry SW of the forest track has been felled, making the forest ride more obviou...

  
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Camenabologue SE
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
This shortish alternative track makes use of a forest ride (as heralded by Simon3) from Glenmalure to reach Camenabol... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 664m, Area: Camenabologue SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ir

  
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Bealick: Between two counties
Wilderness a day ago.
I approached this mountain from the North East ,coming from the Coomataggart mountains. When I got to the top I had to walk around for a few minutes to pinpoint the true summit; which I'm sure is...

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Mullaghcleevaun circuit
osullivanm 3 days ago.
A very pleasant circuit although some difficult ground between Duff Hill and the return to start of hike. walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 792m, Area: Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Blac...

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 6 days ago.
Not long now until the first Mountainviews members meet of 2018. We will be walking in the Galtee mountains on Saturday 28th April. If you are thinking of joining us and would like more details pl...

  
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Nephin: A looped climb from the North. Stunning views all around!
derkelly274 a day ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more interesting prospect. There was access to the woods on the northern slope o...


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