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bio website sherwoods-forests.com
location Genesee, Alberta
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Compared to most of the people on this site, I'm woefully ignorant. But at least I try to be polite.


May
3
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
1. The casio watch does not measure angle of elevation. 2. You have taken a fractional second process and turned it into a procedure. I'm looking at doing several thousand shots a day.
Apr
19
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
No. I've got an iphone. While it has the equipment to do this, it would mean pointing the phone with the camera and pushing a button, This is right up there with having to hit the 'mark' button for every pic on the GPS
Apr
12
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
There is a company that makes a GPS with 3 axis orientation, and while it is not as expensive as a surveyors instrument, it's on the order of the price a high end personal GPS. Every phone, every iPad has the one chip electronic compass/orientation sensor. My claim was that the chip cost 10 bucks. I didn't expect the gadget to cost 10 bucks.
Mar
19
comment Best camera case/backpack for caving?
Another trick: Make up a bean bag (with a zipper) and fill with rice. Rice is a fair desicant, and cheaper than the conventional ones. A rice bag also doubles nicely as a support for time exposures.
Jan
1
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
Most high end DLSRs are good for a hundred thousand shutter cycles. My experience with my old Nikon D70 is that it would do a thousand shots on a single battery charge. I had 3 batteries for it. And if I can do this project with older cameras, I can pick them up for a few hundred -- cheap enough that I can carry a spare body in my pack. This is a proof of principle: To get sufficiently detailed pix in enough places that vegetative surveys can be automated with 'face recognition' software. My initial run will be about 40,000 pix. A hand held GPS can do a day on rechargable NiMH batteries.
Dec
31
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
In addition it has a cable and requires an open port cover. The Pro version has a 3 axis compass, but it is not clear from the website if it just uses this to get an accurate bearing when the camera is not horizontal, or whether it records the vertical angle as well. It still has the issues with cables and ports. There are various cameras that have at least the bearing built in. Unclear about elevation/depression. I am looking at taking 4000 pix/day. Smartphone won't hack it.
Dec
31
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
The actual components for a 3 axis compass are about $10. It's a 1" square board with a single IC and a pinout for a cable connector. It seems like such an obvious gadget. And anyone who has ever tried to figure out after the fact, which way a photo was taken would appreciate this sort of gadget.
Dec
31
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
The Solmeta has only a 2 axis compass and does not record angle of elevation/depression.
Dec
31
comment How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?
There are various products that attach to the camera that include a GPS in addition to an electonic compass. I don't want the extra battery drain of running two GPS's. (I need a hand held one to get to to grid point to take the pictures.) I also don't want cables, open port covers, as these catch on bushes and low hanging trees.
Nov
17
comment What's a good strategy for choosing which photos to keep?
I reverse some of the steps. My first pass eliminates the losers.