OT: Question re GPS and geotagging

Alastair Robertson kiwibiologist at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 21:23:28 EDT 2009

I like my Garmin handheld - there's a variety of models - I would get
one of the mapping units https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145.
The GPSMap 60 claims 28 hours of battery life

the units do come with a simple basemap and getting detailed maps for
some regions of the world is tricky - though you can sometimes get
free maps from here - http://mapcenter2.cgpsmapper.com/ though not it
seems for Costa Rica

Even if you have nothing other than the basemap you will still be able
to log your tracks for later geoencoding

export log files should be easy with the mac version software
http://www8.garmin.com/macosx/ - RoadTrip seems to be the utility for

Once you have the log on your computer you can geoencode with
lightroom using Jeffrey Friedl's plugin -

The only trick is to make sure the clocks are in sync


On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Stan Halpin
<stan at stans-photography.info> wrote:
> 18-24 months ago I started thinking about an planned trip to Costa Rica
> which would happen in June 2008. I thought it would be nice to be able to
> capture coordinates and roll them into the exif files so that I could look
> at an image in LR and see where it was shot. [This notion is based on my
> frustration in sorting through images I had taken in Northern Italy: now in
> which small fishing village was this harbor shot taken?]
> After some search I found various geo-tagging software and some instruction
> on how to do all of this. I bought a small Garmin handheld on eBay and tried
> playing with that. And came to a grinding halt. The Garmin interface totally
> baffled me, I could find no way on my Mac or a borrowed PC to change the
> basemap, I found no resources for a base map of Costa Rica. I generated some
> log files but had no way to export them to my Mac. I sold the Garmin on eBay
> at a small loss, bought a notebook and pen. In a recent search I still found
> no Garmin source of more relevant basemaps, but if I bought a Garmin unit in
> Costa Rica, it would come with a CR basemap. So why can't I buy that map
> here and load it in? Do Magellan, TomTom or others do a better job on this
> sort of support?
> In June 2010 I will go back  to Costa Rica. I still think it would be nice
> to be able to capture coordinates and roll them into the exif files so that
> I could look at an image in LR and see where it was shot. John W's post on
> the Jobo shoe-mounted logger has re-started my quest. I don't think the Jobo
> is necessarily the answer. My iPhone does a decent approximation of location
> in the U.S. and I know how to use roadmaps and topo maps so I don't really
> need a GPS except when traveling out of the country, and then more for this
> sort of record keeping than for route finding. But as Doug noted, if one
> needs to have yet another battery enabled device, it might as well serve
> multiple purposes.
> Can any of you tell me if there is a unit/system that meets the following
> critera?
> a. Mac compatible software for the GPS management
> b. Handheld unit
> c. Simple changeout of the relevant basemap for a region
> d. Availability of reasonably detailed basemaps for most/all regions of the
> world.
> e. Simple export of log files.
> f. Reasonable accuracy, quick startup and signal acquisition
> g. At least 16-hour battery life or easily interchangeable batteries
> h. Simple (Mac compatible) software to synch log files with exif data.
> Oh, and of course low cost.
> stan
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