Sail Blogging Rehearsal #1: Queensday 2009

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April 30th was an excellent day for trying to improve my geotagging skills.

It is Queensday in the Netherlands on that day. Basically what it means is that all what you do is having some drinks with friends on the canals of Amsterdam and have a look at the others. Some boats have DJ’s while some have complete bands on the boat (it is just as in real life all about having the biggest).

So there I went with my camera and GPS in order to shoot some people and catch the mood of the day. Some people dancing, some people catching the light, some “have not’s” (i.e. the people watching the boats) and off course some honest police intimidation as it is only possible in the Netherlands.

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And then the homework: get your GPS data with GPSBabel+ (freeware), save it in the GPX format, and sync your pictures with the GPS data using GPSPhotolinker (freeware). It is all possible in less then 10 minutes once you have the process under control.

Some additional tools you might like is Textmate (about EUR 50,=) to edit the GPX data and the site of GPS Visualizer (for free) if you would like to convert the GPX data in a nice Google Earth KML data format. Just for the record, all software is for Mac (although for sure there are MS-Dos alternatives) and I have a Garmin GPS.

Modify it a little bit with your favourite photo-editing software and then I upload the pictures it to Picasaweb from Google. I prefer Picasaweb because it provides you with an online photoalbum wich is quite well integrated with Google Earth. Picasaweb presents you the KML-file to show the pictures in Google Earth automatically.

With the file generated by Picasaweb I am able to present the geotagged localised photos within the map:

[xmlgm {http://www.ancientcoasts.com/wp-content/KML/Queensday_2009.kmz} maptype=G_SATELLITE_MAP;width=500;height=500;zoom=14;maptypecontrol=hide;align=center;scrollwheelzoom=disabled;continouszoom=disabled;]


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