The Photographer's Ephemeris

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  1. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
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    If you're only looking for the time of the sun or moon rise then the local paper is the easiest source.

    But if you want to know on what day the sunrise can be seen straight down a particular street, when the sun will set between two hills from a particular vantage point, or whether the sun will come around far enough to shine in the windows on a particular side of a house before sunset, then you need to know about the The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE).

    TPE is free on your computer. They call it an app, but it works just like many other interactive pages on your browser.

    Much of the relevant ephemeris information in TPE is overlaid on Google Maps. This means that it works for everywhere, except at the poles (yeah, I had to try). And that means you can use either the map or satellite views for working things out. And, of course, you can search for places in the usual Google Maps way.

    If you want The Photographer's Ephemeris on your iPhone or Android phone, however, it will cost you a few bucks. For those you can go to either the App Store or Google Play.

    The home page for The Photographer's Ephemeris is HERE.

    The 0nline Photographer's Ephemeris (browser based) app is HERE

    Their free, quick-start, 2-page guide is HERE.

    And finally, the latest, 80-page, PDF version of Understanding Light with the Photographer's Ephemeris, by Bruce Perry, is available for purchase (£9.99) HERE. Understanding Light talks about more than just the use of the ephemeris. I found it very useful.

    (I have no association with TPE and the links above are just their links. I get no benefit.)
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Thanks...I saved the links and will read up on this
  3. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 9, 2013
    Bellingham, WA (displaced Canadian)
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    I use Google Earth to do this. It works pretty well for the same purpose. However, obviously, it's a little more cumbersome since it is designed for other things and this use is merely coincidental.
  4. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 10, 2013
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    Yannis Marigo
    Use this for one year now. Very useful I mus admit.
  5. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
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    I used this the other day hoping the sun would rise near some train tacks but alas it wasn't meant to be haha
  6. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Wow...I was planning on going out to shoot October's Full Moon tonight and based on the moon location & moonrise direction this month, TPE let me decide while sitting here in the house, which of 3 lake-view locations will give me the best more rolling-the-dice...this is great...thanks again !
  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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