Google Earth

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If you have not seen this then you might want to try it out - you can zoom in on anywhere on earth! For some area, mostly cities, the orthophotos appear to be about .25-.5 meter resolution, which allows you to see cars and people. Unfortunately Nanaimo is not one of those places (yet).

Highly recommended.

http://earth.google.com/
 
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Toronto Canada
Rory, I've lost countless hours due to this program - it's just terrific. Some GE gurus have actually made tours where you can fly along the inside of the Grand Canyon (because you can tilt the viewpoint!). This has really stunned me - I've visited all my old vacation spots, where friends around the world live, discovered so much about different places... it's an incredible program...
 
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Huntsville, AL
hillrg said:
If you have not seen this then you might want to try it out - you can zoom in on anywhere on earth! For some area, mostly cities, the orthophotos appear to be about .25-.5 meter resolution, which allows you to see cars and people. Unfortunately Nanaimo is not one of those places (yet).

Highly recommended.

http://earth.google.com/
I posted this before, but since it came up again and might get new viewers, both Flickr and Smugmug now support geocoding of your photos and viewing them using Google Maps and Google Earth. The Flickr version is a little harder to use (requiring you to either use a Greasemonkey script in Firefox or just find the coordinates and type them in yourself), but it has a great KML file for automatically finding the closest 100 Flickr photos on your Google Earth viewport. Smugmug just added geotagging and it has a great interface for locating and automatically tagging your photos and you can view any photo, gallery, or all of your galleries in Google Maps or Google Earth (you can visit my smugmug account in my sig to try it out).

A great resource for KML scripts and interesting places and things on GE is:

http://www.googleearthhacks.com/

You can get the Flickr KML there, or go to:

http://geobloggers.com/

You can find other good information at my del.icio.us site with the following tags:

http://del.icio.us/cmpalmer/googleearth
http://del.icio.us/cmpalmer/google
http://del.icio.us/cmpalmer/gis
 
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South SF Bay Area, CA.
Thanks Chris for this demonstration of smugmug's capabilities when tied to Google Earth: it's really amazing!

One can pinpoint precisely the street corner, or viewpoint in the park or spot on a beach where the photos were taken. It's not for all photos for sure (can we keep some privacy?)... but it sure can be entertaining and educational. :smile:

Now, to figure out to work this thing... and then, I'll need more time, yes, even more time... Grrr!
 
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