Showing pictures using map tools

Usually, we present our pictures on the internet by means of a digital album. In a previous blog I mentioned jAlbum, a perfect software tool with many skins to  customize the album. For nature pictures that I take during a hike I was looking for something that would give a better impression of the surroundings.

During a short hike near Laguna Llanganuco (also discussed in this blog) I took my GPS to keep track of the trail. If the time in the camera is well-synchronized with the time given by the GPS it is quite easy to assign geo-coordinates to the individual pictures. I did so with Photo Mechanics.

The nice thing about Laguna Llanganuco is that it is in a rather small valley surrounded by mountains being part of the Cordillera Negra (no snow because of the influence of the ocean) and that during the hike I could see Huascarán, the highest mountain of Peru. It is part of the Cordillera Blanca (eternal snow). It would be nice to show the terrain combined with the picture to better enjoy the experience I had.

After looking around for some time I found this nice WordPress plugin called WP GPX Maps. The viewer can choose between different types of maps (top left icon): regular map, satelite, map with altitude lines (OCM) etc, in many different languages. To get a better view of the map click on the white icon (top right, left icon) to go to full screen mode. It is also possible to zoom in or out to see more detail or more of the surrounding area. Of course, it also shows the hike.

NextGen Galleries is another WordPress plugin that nicely integrates with WP GPX Maps. It allows for uploading the geotagged pictures in a gallery (which is not made visible). With a simple command this gallery is easily integrated into the map with the hike (as you can see at the top).

In full screen mode it is easy to see where the 17 pictures where taken (it only misses the direction in which they were taken). Combined with the satelite image it gives a much better impression of what I experienced during the hike than a traditional album. Enjoy.

Update: licenses of all three pictures of Laguna Llanganuco have been sold.

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