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Old 12-28-2010, 01:04 AM
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Arrow "Map - View" on TrekEarth!

I have been adding lat / long coordinates to some of my photos posted on TrekEarth. In my opinion, it is an interesting addition to the enjoyment of viewing the photos. In looking through many photos from Arizona and Utah, I have found no participants adding this feature. Maybe I am just nosey, but I really like getting an idea of where the shot was taken and if I zoom out I can get a rough idea where in the world I am.

So to encourage us Trekers to add the map feature here are some really easy steps to add the coordinates:

To start I usually set up 2 windows or tabs in my browser one with the TrekEarth photo edit page and one with Google Maps.

1. Go to Google Maps and type in the nearest well known location (town, street, park, etc.)

2. Once you are near your location, zoom in and move around until you find the exact location of the photo. I usually start with the just the "Maps" tab selected then when I narrow it down click on the "Satellite" or "Terrian" tab.

3. Once you have found your exact location, set the cursor on the spot and [Ctrl-Click] or [Right-Click] - then select "what's here?" from the pull-down menu. It will mark your exact location and present the lat / long coordinates as the new location in the search field.

4. Mark off the Latitude value and copy it (Ctrl-C or Edit-Copy) then move to your TrekEarth photo edit page and paste this value into the "Latitude" field. So this is the number to the left of the comma on the Google Maps page.

5. Do the same as step 4 to fill out the "Longitude" field. This the number to the right of the comma on the Google Maps page. Be sure to include a minus value "-" if it is there otherwise you will be on the wrong side of the earth.

6. On your photo edit page hit "Update" and voila! .... you should see the "Map - View" option in the right sidebar.

Here is an example of what the Google Maps page looked like when I marked my "Mike's Mountain" photo (I have "Terrain" active to show topo information.) Note the lat / long values in the search field):
http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=28.9349...,0.093126&z=14

Here is the "Mikes Mountain" photo with the "Map - View" option active:
http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Mexico////photo1244050.htm

Here are a couple more photos with an interesting "Google Maps View":
http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Mexico////photo1265367.htm

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/United_States////photo1246792.htm

On the side - once you get this method of getting your coordinates its easy to upload to Google's "Panoramio" and your photos end up on Google Earth (and Google Maps, I think.) .... cool, eh? Here is my Panoramio photos page:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/4793775

It would be great to see some of your locations on Google Maps.
How about adding your links here?

Sorry to be so long-winded.

Best Regards for the holidays ....... Dave
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:46 AM
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Thank you for this post, Dave, you've the "right spirit" and I hope more people will follow your exemple!
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Thanks Dave,, I'll give it a go.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:17 PM
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More simple with Google Earth
Position of the cursor over the place you visit
You have just to copy the coordinates
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:06 AM
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I was therehttp://fr.trekearth.com/mapcity.php?...0&long=1407236
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:44 AM
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I agree with Dave and since I've found how to find exact GPS datas (I'd tried a long time ago with no success), I've added to all my TE photos.
Personnally, I post the GPS point from which the picture has been taken (whereas it's quite harder to find the GPS point on hiking trails !).
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:21 AM
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Nicely done, Delphine!
I think it really adds to your great photos. I want to go there.
For hiking trails, I make a guess using the "terrain" selection in Google maps. Also, here in North America there are some "Hiking" organizations that post google-maps of trails. Anyway, I think as long as you are pretty close it is still very interesting.
Thanks for the Google Earth tip, Didi ... I'll try that.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:57 PM
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if pictures are taken in areas with no obvious landmarks it may be useful also to include the direction of shooting, in fact this is probably not a bad idea in all cases. I use "findlatitudeandlongitude.com" to do this. It has the benefit of remebering your last visit so if you are shooting lots of stuff in the same area and then posting you are right back to where you were last time. It displays the lat long in lots of diffrent formats as well. I did this with all my pictures for a while, but then stopped as others didnt seem to be bothering, maybe we could request TE to put a little map in the info view to emphasise that the info is present?
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:34 AM
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Thanks Keith for the great link.
Did you figure a way of getting the azimuth (angle in degrees) of your shot once you have the coordinates? It would be neat if it gave you the azimuth to the mouse location as you circled around your selected point. Anyway it looks like a quick way to get those coordinates copied and pasted.
Your idea of providing more emphasis for the "Map:View" is great. I hope the TE Admin folks will respond. Here is what I did on my own website - an example is here:
http://dave.rd123.ca/main.php?g2_itemId=24094

I added this code to my Album description

Where are we?

Click here to see the photos on a map:
MAP THESE

I think this might work in your TE photo description field by just changing the URLs to the correct ones. I am going to try it.

(You can take this idea and the map image and go for it, if you wish, TE guys.)

Best Regards ........... Dave

PS I tried it here:
http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Nor...oto1295326.htm
I couldn't get the image in there and you need to use this code to get the link in there:

a href="http://www.trekearth.com/mapcity.php?mtype=e&lat=31827172&long=-80916329">MAP THIS!</a

(Add "<" at the beginning and ">" at the end.)

Maybe a coding expert can help us out here..... or maybe its not worth it.

Last edited by daveRen; 05-15-2011 at 04:36 PM. Reason: Added PS
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