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[*] posted on 2-10-2019 at 01:30 PM
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Here's an interesting video showing how we unwittingly give away secret locations -- think Baja locations, eg Seven Sisters, etc.

If you were not aware, contemporary phones and cameras record lots of other data (Exif) in addition to the actual photo. Here's an example of some of the data embedded in one of my photos -- you can see the exact location where the photo was taken; which direction I was facing when I took the photo, and the time the photo was taken, down to the second.

Make: Apple
Camera Model Name: iPhone 7 Plus
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X Resolution: 72
Y Resolution: 72
Resolution Unit: inches
Software: Photos 4.0
Modify Date: 2018:08:05 11:11:29
Exposure Time: 1/3831
F Number: 1.8
Exposure Program: Program AE
ISO: 20
ECreate Date: 2018:08:05 11:11:29
Shutter Speed Value: 1/3831
Aperture Value: 1.8
Brightness Value: 11.38684885
Exposure Compensation: 0
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Flash: Auto, Did not fire
Focal Length: 4.0 mm
Exif Image Width: 4032
Exif Image Height: 3024
Sensing Method: One-chip color area
Scene Type: Directly photographed
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Auto
Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.772567409
Focal Length In 35mm Format: 56 mmScene Capture Type: Standard
Lens Info: 3.99000001-6.6mm f/1.8-2.8
Lens Make: Apple
Lens Model: iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8GPS Latitude Ref: North
GPS Latitude: 37 deg 39' 18.24"
GPS Longitude: 111 deg 25' 11.11"
GPS Altitude Ref: Above Sea Level
GPS Altitude: 1571 m
GPS Time Stamp: 17:11:28
GPS Speed Ref: km/h
GPS Speed: 0
GPS Img Direction Ref: True North
GPS Img Direction: 263.1163366
GPS Dest Bearing Ref: True North
GPS Dest Bearing: 263.1163366
GPS Date Stamp: 2018:08:05
GPS Horizontal Positioning Error: 5 m

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[*] posted on 2-10-2019 at 04:59 PM

Thanks, I have long said posting the turns and the GPS points isn't a good idea. It was pointless to argue with some here and I gave-up trying. I just roll my eyes and and sigh. I am sure people will call this false but here is proof to the otherwise. I don't mind telling somebody about a spot over a campfire or not. Posting images or video just inspires more people to go. There are no secrets in Baja, some are just less well known.
The other thing is, many go ill prepared and I give up my time and resources to help them out.
I don't report my trips because what I do is important to me and not very interesting. I don't need to grandize myself to anybody here.

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[*] posted on 2-11-2019 at 12:18 PM

Of course you can turn off geolocation service with keeps your secret spot secret.

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[*] posted on 2-11-2019 at 01:22 PM

Wow, I had NO idea so much info was out there!

What an eye opener. Thanks and also good to know that one can turn it off.

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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 04:48 PM

It's called meta data. Don't take a pic of yourself and put it up on the internet w/o stripping it out.

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[*] posted on 2-13-2019 at 07:10 PM

Quote: Originally posted by BajaBlanca  
Wow, I had NO idea so much info was out there!

What an eye opener. Thanks and also good to know that one can turn it off.
Bring up a picture you have taken with your cell phone and click on "Details". Heck my Samsung even provides a map showing where the pic was taken even my fish pics out at the Bajo :lol:

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[*] posted on 3-29-2019 at 09:37 AM

Awesome vid! Thanks for sharing! :)
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[*] posted on 3-29-2019 at 09:41 AM

Its real easy to leave the gps off. I always leave it off to extend battery life
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[*] posted on 3-29-2019 at 11:48 AM

If anyone doesn't want to know where a place is, they can just not look at the Internet, can't they? I fail to understand people who come to a forum that is for providing travel information to Baja and complain when they see travel information for Baja! :lol:

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[*] posted on 3-29-2019 at 11:57 AM

Makes it hard to play "Where is it?" when cheaters can just decode the photo.

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