The Photographers Ephemeris
This is the ultimate tool for sunrise & sunset and moonrise & moonset information for photographers.
There are plenty of places on the web you can find information about what time the sun rises and sets. A lot of them will also tell you the sun or moon's position in the sky when they rise and set.
This application goes one step furthers and plots that information on a Google topographic map!
It's incredible! You simply click the location you want to shoot, and the day you'll be shooting on. It then draws a line to where the sun will be rising and setting and where the moon will rise and set.
Landscape photographers typically wish to plan their shoots around the times of sunrise/sunset or twilight, or alternatively when the moon is in a particular place in a particular phase.
While times of sunrise etc. are readily available on various sites on the internet (direction of sunrise etc. less so, but still readily found), there are fewer programs available which combine such information with a topographical map allowing the photographer to match the astronomical to the location.
A typical use might be to determine when the sun will set along the axis of a mountain valley, or when a full moon rise will rise across a lake.
The application uses Google Maps providing users the ability to select a location and determine the time and azimuth of sunrise or sunset for a given date or dates.
This program is very useful for working with moon photography. The sun's location and time only varies slightly from day to day, but the time that the moon rises and the angle it will be located varies a lot from day to day. As an example, on the 5th it was about 20 minutes later than the night before, and about 8 degrees further north.
The program runs on Adobe AIR, and so it can be used on either a Windows or Mac machine.
Here's a screen shot, notice how nice the program looks.
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