My Shirt Pocket
This is as close as this blog will come to a shot of me on a beach.
You all should be glad of this discretion.
My most recent field work involved walking on Haida Gwaii beaches all day long.
Searching for archaeological sites in the form of stone tools, rock walls and clearings in the beach, wooden fish traps, etc.
This was one of the easier beaches, not too slippery and no boulder veneer.
Low tide work usually means early starts and low raking light just after sunrise.
My shirt pocket usually holds a phone in a waterproof case.
The case makes it useless as a phone as it is too hard to make myself heard.
That is OK, because field work is usually off grid, and my phone is really a field computer.
I have designed electronic forms to use on it for data entry with GPS referencing and in-built photo acquisition.
The forms upload automatically to a spreadsheet when I am near a wi-fi connection.
The camera is also used apart from the forms for visual documentation,
(especially panoramas which it does better than my other cameras).
The GPS unit combined with GeoTIFF map files are useful for tracking my location, pinning places of interest,
and leading me to predetermined sampling targets.
The coastal navigation software with charts and tide and current tables can save propellers and lives.
Pretty damned good for one button-down shirt pocket.
I chose the phone because it reads GPS (American) and GLONASS (Russian) satellites for greater positional accuracy.
And because it has an extra micro-SD slot for memory expansion and you can change the batteries (I carry a spare).
It also includes a decent camera.
These are all excellent field features.
Sadly Samsung seems to think style trumps functionality and their newer models lack these extras.
Which means they are no longer substantially different from an iPhone.
Photo taken with Samsung S4