If you are anything like me then looking back at photographs from past adventures brings all of those feelings rushing back. Whether it was of that ludicrous ride where you bit off far more than you could chew (I blame Simon Warren for most of those) or that image of the fantastic cafe stop when chewing was the highlight. With the integration of your Strava photos into VeloViewer you can now browse through all of your exploits on the map or thumbnail view with the added benefit of VeloViewer’s activity filtering to quickly narrow down the photos you want to see.
New “Photos” column providing a count of the number of photos on each activity. This, along with any other column, can be filtered to only show the activities you are interested in. The photos in the map and thumbnail view will then be filtered and ordered to match the contents of the activities list.
Any photos for the current set of Strava activities that have geolocation embedded (i.e they appear on the Activity Details map in Strava) will be shown on the map with smart grouping allowing you to click groups of images to zoom in and see them in the locations they were taken.
Clicking on an individual photo will display a larger version of the photo along with links to the Strava and VeloViewer Activity Details page. Clicking the image in the popup will open a new browser tab with the full sized image (2048px is the largest size stored by Strava).
Toggling the camera button in the top right of the map will turn off/on the map’s photos.
Toggling on the “Photos” button in the top right of the page will display the Thumbnail view. The photos will be ordered to match the activity list. Clicking on a column header in the list will reorder the rows and the photos accordingly.
Clicking on the photo will show the popup and highlight the other photos belonging to the same activity as shown above.
Photos in thumbnail view but not map view
My own photos all appear nicely on the map and the thumbnail list (apart from the 3d profiles and virtual ride images) but when testing with my wife’s data, only 3 images (all taken by me) show on the map, but many more in the thumbnail view. The data coming from Strava for these photos doesn’t include a latitude/longitude apart from those 3. I’m presuming that I have location enabled on my phone’s camera app but my wife does not. Looking at her Strava Activity details confirms that the majority of her photos will show as attached to the activity but do not show on the map. This is not a bug (at least not at my end)!
Update: As Craig mentions in the comments, if you add photos via the Strava website (even if those photos have geo info embedded in them), these aren’t stored at Strava’s end. I’ve just tested this out and can confirm that this is the case.
Getting photos into VeloViewer
The photo information for each activity will need to be synced from Strava for you to be able to see it in VeloViewer as the code to begin fetching them was only released yesterday (17th Feb 2021), here’s how to do it:
- Head to your Update page.
- Press the “Check for new segments” button just the once and wait for it to work through updating all of your activities’ details.
- Head to your Update page.
- Use the “Check for new segments” button to work through updating all of your activities. It will only do a certain number at a time so you will need to refresh the page between goes. There is a limit to how often any individual activity can be rechecked (around 10 days) so it might be a couple of weeks before you can recheck all of them depending on when they were last checked/synced.
Note: Even if your data is marked as visible to others in VeloViewer, your photos will not be available to anyone but you to view.