On February 26, Saturday last, when in the field, I applied the iPhone to take photographs and upload for a field test: short bursts of field notes and photographs as I surveyed 53 acres of Cross Timbers prairie, creek and woodland. I attempted to snap a photograph and upload it with commentary as I went about my survey. While in the field, miles from cell towers, I was unable to coordinate photos and commentary. In addition, the “thumbing” of data on the iPhone was too slow. I was absorbing data much, much faster than I could thumb the phone. I did send a few in-the-field updates onto my blog, but later trashed them. I composed a long post with photographs taken with the Nikon when I got back to the ranch office. In the field I did not think the photographs had been uploaded.
Today, however, as I was going through the media library on Sage to Meadow blog, I discovered that the photographs with the iPhone had been uploaded! I uploaded one photograph twice, thinking it had not been uploaded the first time. And, here it is, Little bluestem grass that is coming back on the prairie.
I think the utility of the iPhone in field work is evolving. It is portable and lighter than a camera. Composing commentary can exceed 140 characters. It’s not going to replace the steno pad and camera, but it may have some further use. I like the idea of field work live, or with a minimum of time lapse, as a light and useful activity.
- High grass in the pasture 1:46 pm (swamericana.wordpress.com)