Daily Archives: Monday, 14th May 2012

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 May 2012

Ho hum, up  a bit more today, mutter.

I had a short walk at lunchtime in which I tried something different. I installed a free iPhone app which records movements and saves them as a GPX file, which it can helpfully save to Dropbox. Now if this works well and reliably, it would be a lot easier than my current method of:

  1. Remembering to take the Garmin GPS unit with me
  2. Remembering to switch it on
  3. Finding a pocket or bag compartment to carry it in
  4. Downloading its data when I get home
  5. Fiddling in the Garmin software
  6. Exporting to a file Lightroom can use to geotag images

Instead, all I’d have to do is

  1. Start the app
  2. Tell it to start logging
  3. Put phone in the pocket to was going to be in anyway
  4. Tell it to sync with Dropbox
  5. Load the new file into Lightroom

Well, an initial test in central Newcastle (where GPS tends to be thrown off by the surrounding buildings) suggests it might just be good enough. I’ll do some more tests before reporting properly. The only downside is that using location services on the phone tends to kill the battery, so this won’t be an option for a full day out, but probably OK for shorter walks with the camera.

I had hoped that the GPX file would be compatible with Garmin Connect, but it looks like it’ll need some tweaking first. I’ll give that a try at some point…

Anyway, here’s a picture from lunchtime. This is the unlovely and abandoned Bank House, which is to be demolished along with its neighbour, the old Bank of England. It’s currently in disguise, or something. Click the coordinates in the strip below the image to see how accurate the GPS track was.[1]

Building in disguise

Building in disguise

Camera: PENTAX Q
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 8.5mm
ISO: 250
Location: 54° 58.32′ 0″ N 1° 36.629565′ 0″ W

[1] A quick look and guess on Google Maps suggests it’s about 60-70 metres off, which isn’t brilliant, but good enough for a general idea. It may do better in more open areas.