Virtual WalkAbout
Fieldwork
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In the Field

Once you are 'on site' you will have to work quickly and professionally to maximize your time. The work can be divided into three stages: annotating your sketch plan; taking your photographs; and filling in the image logbook. This section will look at the first two of these tasks. Filling in the image logbook will be covered in the next section.

Annotating your sketch plan

If you haven't already prepared a sketch plan of the monument, make one now and mark on it the camera stations you intend to use in order to accurately record the monument. You will find it useful to denote a camera station on your plan by drawing a box. Mark each box with a letter, indicating the order in which the stations will be used in your walkabout (e.g. A, B, C, etc.). At this stage your plan should look something like that shown in Figure 1.

Figure one showing the location of stations round a monument

Taking your photographs

Next, go to each station in turn and take the pictures you have decided upon. After each photograph mark on your plan the number of the picture and its direction. Use open circles to indicate the direction or position of individual photographs and write the photo number within each circle.

By combining the station letters (written in the squares) and the photograph numbers (written in the circles), images taken from each station will have a unique identification code (e.g., 'A2' is the second photograph taken from station A.). At the end of this stage your plan should look something like Figure 2.

In our example the photographer starts out standing at Station A, facing Station B. He/she takes one photograph looking straight ahead, towards Station B (photo A1); another photograph turning slightly right, looking at the corner of Monument 1 (photo A2); and a third photograph by stepping to the right (to Station D) and taking another photograph straight forward, in the same direction as the first photograph (A1), but this time looking straight at Monument 1 (A3).

Another step to the right would take the photographer to Station E, or he/she could return to Station A and move forward to Station B.


Figure Two showing the location of images round a monument

Hint and Tips

You don't have to move from station to station in strict order; you can jump around, so long as you keep a good record of where you have been.

Some images will have different identification codes depending on which moves were made in order to take them. Thus in Figure 2, photo A3 could have been labelled D1 if, instead of stepping right from Station A, the photographer moved to Station D and took a photo facing forwards towards Monument 1.

Images are best taken as "landscape" - ie with the camera horizontal. There's no reason why you can't take them in 'portrait' style - ie with the camera vertical. But whatever style you chose, stick to only one. This will make image processing easier and your walkabout more easliy viewed on different computers.