UPDATE: Check out ten reasons TopoFusion rocks.
My wife and I devote one day most weekends to a mountain bike ride and, while I was going to wait to do a post on this subject, a bear cub just gave me a great opportunity to showcase an easy method of geocoding photos. We had only gone a few miles today when my wife said, "bear cub!" Sure enough, a couple hundred feet away, a cub was ambling back and forth between the logging road we were on and the roadside vegetation. I quickly got out my camera and snapped a few shots, including the one at right below.
When we returned home, I immediately launched TopoFusion, and downloaded the track. This software has a feature called PhotoFusion , that automatically links digital photos to where they were shot. How? Your GPS records a timestamp for every track point, while your digital camera records a timestamp in the EXIF data. About all you have to do with TopoFusion is tell it what directory the photo is in. I have yet to see an easier and more elegant solution, especially in software that has such an extensive demo mode that you might not even pony up the $40 for the program.
Better yet, one click creates an HTML image map, allowing you to post a clickable map to your website, which my webmaster/wife did for today’s trip. Before clicking to see it, here are a few things to be aware of:
- Click in the upper-right corner to toggle between aerial photo and topo.
- Move the cursor over the camera icon near the center of the map to see a thumbnail in the upper-right corner.
- Click the camera icon to open the image.
- An elevation profile and metrics are at the bottom of the screen.
Okay, check it out! Pretty cool, huh? Note the crappy satellite coverage though. Granted, it was in a redwood canyon, but it was extraordinarily bad today. And Bear Haven, aptly, is the name of the creek we biked up!
Oh yeah, one last thing. There is a full chapter on TopoFusion in my book.