Sometimes as a photographer everything falls into place and you are able to capture a beautiful moment or gesture perfectly without any thought or planning. You have your camera with you, the camera is on, the proper lens is attached, the camera is on the ideal settings and all you do is press the shutter button. Snap... You have just made a beautiful photo. Sounds wonderful, however, unfortunately this scenario does play out very often. We are more likely to have to revisit the same site a number of times before we get the image we wanted.
When making a sunset or sunrise photo one of the biggest challenges is knowing exactly where the sun will be in my photo. Imagine that you have scouted a location and chose the elements you wanted in your foreground and background including the sun. To capture this moment you arrive on location an hour before sunset to get everything ready, The lighting fantastic, the colours are awesome everything is perfect and then doom strikes. The sun is eclipsed by the beautiful mountain in the background and you don't get the image you wanted or planned.
To minimize the chance of this happening I use an app on my iPhone called "The Photographer's Ephemeris" or TPE in short. It is available from both the Apple App store and Google Play store. I will include a link to their homepage at the bottom of the blog. This app is simply amazing as it shows the sun's trajectory through the sky helping me make better decisions when framing a sunset or sunrise photo.
At the very bottom the app it displays important information such as time of sunrise, moonrise and sunset. The yellow line shows the location of sunrise relative to natural landmarks and the dark orange line show where the sun will set in the evening. The blue line illustrates the moon rising. The app is very easy to use and allows you easy move the pin to new locations. Not going on location for three months and want to start scouting locations now... No problem the app allows you to change the date so you know exactly the trajectory of the sun beforehand. I would encourage anyone who is passionate about photography to buy and download this app is awesome!!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I love hearing your comments and suggestions!!
Garvin Hunter Photography
TPE Homepage - http://photoephemeris.com