Thursday, 21 August 2008

the phototrackr

This morning I followed the Tugelaweg to Muiderpoort Station. I walked on the path next to the railway instead of the pavements along the houses. You're not allowed to walk your dog here (there's another path provided for that excercise) so I didn't have to pay too much attention to where I walked.


When I came out of the tunnel at Muiderpoort Station I saw a learner's tram parked at the tram stop. When I stood there taking this photo the learner driver began to slowly drive my way. I found that a bit intimidating, so I flagged him down. He stopped. I took the photo and walked to my bus.

learner's tram

Walking past the LHC-tunnel photo at work I took a photo of the finished product. It looks nice, but the photo wasn't done the way I wanted it: the woman in the photo should be 'life' sized; she's now too big. Still, better than nothing.

LHC tunnel finished

Nothing is what we might get on the mesh cloth we want to stick on the outside wall of the workshop. A 10x15 meter mesh cloth. You need a BIG photo for such an area. The one we wanted was taken a few years ago with what was then a top of the line professional camera. A Nikon D1X with 5.3 million pixels. Your webcam today might be better…

The people in the printshop had done one small part of the 150 m2 and decided to stop right there and send it to us for evaluation. They thought it would be theft in broad daylight to continue and sell it to us.

They were right; the resolution was too low. We'd get only about 5 dpi out of that photo. I found a programme on the net that could upscale photos with s-splines and gave it a try. The result didn't look too bad. We'll have to do more testing and talking tomorrow. Maybe we have to go for another, higher resolution, photo.

I always geotag my photos so you can find them on the Flickr map. This takes about an hour every day doing it by hand. Yesterday I bought a little GPS data logger called PhotoTrackr. It was delivered today at work and all photo below are tagged with this machine.

When I left the sky was full of those typical Dutch fluffy clouds.

fluffy clouds over anna's hoeve

I walked to Frankendael and saw that all the builder's cars and trucks had left the grounds. The gate was open so I walked in for a look.


At the back of the house is a formal garden. It was very quiet since nobody knows yet that the gardens were open to the public.

frankendael's formal garden

I walked out the back gate and found myself in the 'wild' garden where they have samples of all the sorts of biotope in the Netherlands. This was even more quiet than the formal garden; little pathways between tiny creeks.

wild garden

I walked out of the park via the school allotments where the sunflowers were blooming.

sunflowers in the school allotments

I didn't go to the gym today; yesterday and today I didn't take my ibuprofen to see what exactly would hurt in my body. Now I know: my feet, my hips and my shoulder joints. Feet and hips are known, but the shoulder joints worry me. I've had a bursitis in both shoulders and I don't want that to come back through the use of resistance training in the gym. I'll go and talk to the trainer on Monday to see what we can do.

In the evening I worked on getting the software for the PhotoTrackr to work. They sold it as Macintosh compatible, but to do what I wanted to do (get the photos out of the camera and stick latitude and logitude in the EXIF part of the photo) I would have to buy the 'pro' version for $25. I found freeware that could do the trick. Much better user interace too. I later saw on the manufacturer's forum that all Mac users had complained about the software and basically only wanted the same thing as I did.

Instead of the bloated and unusable software that came with the data logger I now use two perl scripts, one to get the data from the logger and one to change the data into a GPX file. I then feed the GPX file into a freeware programme together with the photos and they're nicely tagged. Upload the lot to Flickr, which recognizes the geotag, and I don't have to go clickety-click on the Flickr map anymore. It took me all evening to get to this point but in the future it'll save me an hour every day.

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