Now Where Did I Photograph That Cactus Flower?; iPhoto ’09’s “Places” Gets You Maps And More Page 2

What happens if you do not have GPS gear on your camera, or the GPS data did not record because of an obstruction? You can actually add locations matched to photos manually, either individually or in groups, and add new locations on the supplied Google maps.

The iPhoto ’09 Places feature allows you to tag images shot without GPS devices and map them as well. In some cases you plant the “pin” yourself, but for more well-known places the program does a very good job of actually finding them for you. I chose this shot made last year of the London Eye (left) from an album in iPhoto and “flipped it”; I then typed “London Eye” in the Search field, and up came a street map of London showing the location of the famed site (above). While I might not have been standing in that exact spot it definitely put me in the right neighborhood.

Do I see myself always going for the GPS data option on every shot I make? In many cases it is not necessary, but considering all the data recorded with an image that I will never use, the GPS data capability is high in the rankings of what I might like to access from that lot later on. It surely saves time when trying to figure out in just what church that Mantegna altar painting hangs, or, for my project here, exactly where that cactus flower sat in bloom. In fact, when friends who record petroglyph locations for preservation heard I had the camera and software to test, they couldn’t wait to head out in the field to give it a try.

Where’s This Cactus Flower?

Having set up the GP-1 on the Nikon D300, all GPS data was recorded at time of exposure. I then downloaded the images to iPhoto ’09, where it became an “event.” Note the small “i” on the cactus flower shot on the index page (below)—this is where you click to “flip it” to show the image, the coordinates, and an option of visual guides to location. Here’s the topographic map, which also shows elevation—my favorite map view for this type of shot (below).

You also have a satellite view of the same locale (below), which shows that I photographed this flower on the banks of the Rio Grande in the Orilla Verde area south of Taos. Zooming back on the map would reveal the wider area, and using a hybrid view superimposes road and street names on the satellite view so you could follow the map and find the cactus yourself.

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