Well I must admit I am a reference material junkie! I have shelves and shelves of books – guide books to National Parks, birds and animals, plants and wildflowers, animal tracks, geology… The list goes on and on. Not only do I have a bunch of book here, but I also keep many more in our trailer, and we usually send a box back and forth depending where we are traveling. Unfortunately, they take up a ton of space and weight.
I also have to admit that I’m hooked on apps for my iTouch / iPhone – I have an iTouch. Maps, weather, depth of field calculators, even Northern Light predictions all on this tiny device, it is amazing!
So, when I heard that a couple of friends, Dan Baumbach and Bret Edge had created an Arches National Park Photography Guide iPhone application, well I thought that was ingenious! What a great idea – I could easily travel with all this information right in my shirt pocket! A perfect marriage of information and technology.
Dan recently provided me a copy to review, and I gotta admit I love the product! This application actually has a lot of advantages over a hard copy book because it is able to link to current information in real time such as weather forecasts, along with providing links to websites for local restaurants, hotels and campground – what a great resource!
The app is also packed with all kinds of useful information on Arches National Park, information useful to photographers such sunrise and sunset times along with an interactive map and information on backpacking, wildlife and wildflowers. But the real meat to the application is the information on the different photo locations within Arches. This information includes photos, maps, descriptions on how to get to the location, even the GPS coordinates.
It just so happens that I have spent a fair amount of time in Arches over the last two years, and have been to all the locations described in the app, and found the information accurate and concise.
The application cost $4.95 – much cheaper then most printed guides, and more valuable. They have many more iFotoGuides planned for the future.