Geolocated photographs

Recording an image of a plant and the location of the plant has meant hauling around a camera and a GPS, and then later adding in the geolocation information to the photo. Until now.
No doubt about the location of an image when the extended image data includes the latitude and longitude.
The FujiFilm FinePix XP30 GPS, satellite enabled. The real fun is that the camera can "track back" to a stored photo location. I will be wrestling with image sizes, however. 640 x 480 is not directly available in shooting mode.

The smallest image is a 1920 x 1080 pixel 16:9 ratio image. I know the image appears smaller, but click on the image to see the original size. And to think I first utilized 200 x 150 pixel images from a one thousand dollar Sony DSC-F1 in 1998.
Pwisehn Malek after 1998 El NiƱo grass fire

Now for a quarter of that cost I can shoot 14 megapixel geotagged images. Change is the constant.

Post-script learnings: If uploaded from Panaramio into Panaramio, the geolocation information is retained and Panaramio places the image in Google Earth. If one uploads to Picasa from the Picasa web site, the geolocation information is NOT retained. However, if one uploads to Picasa from Picasa desktop, then the geolocation information is uploaded with the photograph. The later process also allows one to resize on upload.

Uploading from Picasa to Picasa resized the 1920 x 1080 to 912 x 513 in Picasa, thought the properties still show the original size. Uploading from Picasa desktop software to Picasa with the options set to 640 yields a 640 x 360 image in Picasa online. Picasa no longer counts images under 800 pixels against one's storage space, so there is an advantage in staying under 800 pixels. 

Note that the 912 x 513 can be seen at its original 1920 x 1080 by clicking on plus sign that opens the image using Flash player. Flash includes a zoom control so one can further zoom and scroll when the image exceeds your monitor size. The 640 wide image is shown at full size and cannot be enlarged further by Picasa.

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