It’s been a while since I’ve been overseas in another time zone, and, in the meantime, iNat has changed the way it does things. I am using the web uploader to upload my trip photos. In the old days, I would change my iNat account time zone to the time zone where I’d been, then the web uploader would use the date and time in my photos and assign the correct time zone to them. (If I forgot and kept my iNat account time zone as my home, the dates and times would get interpreted and scrambled.)
Now the dates and times get scrambled by the web uploader regardless of what time zone I have set in my iNat account settings. I’m wondering what workflow others are using now.
To clarify in case I’m not clear, here’s what’s happening, by way of example of one photo (but I’ve got hundreds to upload).
The photo has its datetime observed as 17 Apr 2022 12:12:47 PM, and the time zone as -10:00
Out of habit, I changed my iNat account time zone to the time zone where I took the photos (Hawaii -10:00), but this didn’t end up changing what the web uploader did.
I drag the photo onto the web uploader but it shows the datetime as 2022/04/18 10:12 AM
I’m doing this from New Zealand (+12:00) and the web uploader must know that the photo was taken in a -10:00 time zone (from the EXIF) but is then deciding to add 22 hours to the date and time from the photo because I’m uploading from NZ. Confusingly, the uploaded photo then shows “Apr 18, 2022 1:12 AM -10:00” on it, so that’s the -10:00 time zone but with date and time adjusted to the New Zealand time zone.
I’m not sure if this is a new feature that I haven’t wrapped my head around, or a bug. I’m thinking it’s a bug.
There’s now an Offset Time option in the web uploader where, if I notice what’s happening, I can manually correct the dates and times on a batch of photos. That works, but I’d need to remember to do this for each batch I upload. I worry that I’d forget.
The iNat web uploader seems to be using my computer’s clock to know that I’m in New Zealand. When I change the time zone on my Mac to Hawaii time, and restart my web browser, the web uploader then shows the correct datetime for my uploaded photos. No offset required. And the uploaded photo then shows the correct datetime and time zone.
So, for now, I’m keeping my Mac’s clock set on Hawaii time until I’ve finished uploading my trip photos.
How is everyone else doing this when they upload lots of photos from an overseas trip?