Alaska Bound!

I can't hardly believe it, but I'm about a week away from my dream photography trip! One week in Alaska teaching Lightroom and photographing wildlife and amazing landscapes! We'll be based out of Anchorage, but will day trip to Redoubt Bay, Brooks Falls, and Whittier. I'll also have a day to myself where I hope to rent a car and drive down the Kenai. One of the great things about a trip is getting ready for that trip!This will be the furthest I've taken so much gear, and it's quite a challenge to pare down to just what I think I will need. One bit of gear I'm most excited to bring with me is my GPS. My plan is to embed the GPS coordinates from each day's shoot into my photos, import them into Lightroom, and then upload them in a Lightroom gallery I modified to turn the GPS data into links back to GoogleMaps.Here's what is required:

  1. GPS device that produces a tracklog. 
  2. Software to embed the GPS data into each photo's metadata (I'm using ImageIngester).
  3. Lightroom.

Here's a sample gallery.

5 Responses to “Alaska Bound!”

  1. Paul says:

    Hi Rob,

    I’m jealous of your upcoming trip! Some day…

    I was curious what used to add the “Map This” link to your gallery. I’ve been searching night and day for a good Lightroom web gallery with at least some GPS location support.

    Thanks a bunch and have fun in Alaska!


    · July 7, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

  2. admin says:

    Hi Paul,

    I downloaded the TTG HTML gallery:

    Then went under the hood and modified the code a little so that if a Text Template using GPS data was added to the Title label it would format correctly and then be used as a link to GoogleMaps. It was a bit of a workaround, but … it works. I’ve emailed all the code changes I made to Matthew Campagna (the guy behind the TTG HTML Gallery) since it was his code I tweaked. Hopefully he’ll integrate it into a future TTG release.

    I’m a bit short on time as I am preparing for this trip, but I’d be happy to go into more detail on what I did when I get back! :-)

    · July 7, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  3. Paul says:

    Thanks Rob!

    I figured that you would need to do a little code hacking. I like the TTG galleries as well, so I’m excited.

    For some reason I haven’t got your email yet. Just wondering if I typed it in wrong the first time.

    I’ve just got thousands of images that I’ve GPS tagged (thank you Nikon for building in GPS support on the D300!). I’ve found other galleries to make GPS galleries, but would much rather keep everything in Lightroom.

    Thanks again!


    · July 7, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  4. Paul says:

    Hey Rob. Sorry for bothering you again.

    I was hoping that you could shed a bit more light on this. I’ve been messing with it for about 8 hours now, with not much luck. Guess I need to take a programming class :)

    I can see that the problem is that the first ” (aka seconds) in the GPS coordinates is clipping my link short.

    Here is all I can do:
    View where this image was taken

    I was really hoping that you could fill me in on how you removed the ” marks in your GPS coordinates in the code?

    Thanks again!

    · July 8, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  5. Paul says:

    Hey Rob,

    Any luck playing with this any more?


    · November 6, 2008 @ 3:59 am

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