One day the afternoon light was just too harsh for landscape, so we pulled into the little town of Allihies and just wandered around. This is my kind of shooting!
There was a graveyard, as you can see. This one grabbed me more than any other I saw on the trip. It was quiet and peaceful. Every name was so... Irish. O'Sullivan, and all that kind of thing. I had a feeling of "reverence" taking my time and just trying to soak up the moment. Thinking about these people, that had lived in this small town hundreds of years before. I hope this shot represents that.
Now onto this Lightroom 4 announcement. There is a new "Map" module, that is just amazing. Basically, your images can be encoded with their GPS information. Lightroom will then access Google maps, and integrate them. In other words, you can point at a picture or pictures, and go to the map to see where they were taken, OR, you can go to anywhere in the world, and LR will show you the pics you took there.
(You can click it for a larger version). When I was on the picture above, I clicked the Map module, and this is what is displayed. This is the small town, and you can see how many shots I took from each location! You can zoom in and out, and you can even preview your images right on the map.
As good as LR is with keeping photos by date, using keywords and so on, there are times where I say "I want to see all the images I took at XXXX place..." Now we can do that.
Some cameras have GPS built in and record this. None of mine do, so I bought a nifty little device called a GPS recorder. (Link to it on Amazon.) This device continually records my whereabouts whenever I'm moving. At the end of the day, or trip (whatever), you plug it into the computer, and export the data. Now you import this "track log" into the LR map module. LR compares the GPS time stamps with the time stamps on your images and automatically applies the GPS to the images' EXIF.
Totally magic! Life is good for photographers right now!