The Photographer's Ephemeris

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Does anyone use this? If so what for? I know that June in the UK is not such a great time to start as sunrise is so early, but I want to use it this summer when I go on holiday.
 
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This is a brilliant piece of software - very accurate (well at all the locations I've tried in and around London) means you can plan ahead for a particular shot rather than just turning up and hoping- doesn't guarantee the weather unfortunately
 
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This is a brilliant piece of software - very accurate (well at all the locations I've tried in and around London) means you can plan ahead for a particular shot rather than just turning up and hoping- doesn't guarantee the weather unfortunately
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Great planning tool, always remember the 6P's:D

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So this image was taken on 5th Nov last year, this was the Ephemeris prediction, the fat yellow line is the sunrise position and the thinner yellow line a bit later on, just as in my picture.

As I said the software is incredibly accurate moving up onto London Bridge would have given a very different view

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This was another shot (sunrise from Primrose Hill) that the Ephemeris predicted
 
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Its a great tool. I just don't have the time for landscape photography, but have used it several times during wedding to plan where I may go for a sunset shot in the evening and at what time to prepare for.

Also recently used it for a non-photography related issue to determine the cause of failure of a piece of glass and is in the process of (hopefully) settling quite a pricey claim.
 
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So if it was a toss of a coin between TPE and photopills, which would you recommend?

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I usually use photopills as I find it a bit more intuitive. They also have some very good videos that explain how to use the app.

I will use TPE if I want to send the data to their 3D app so that I can see how the light will fall on a landscape.
 
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http://suncalc.net is great when you're on a desktop; it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of TPE or some of the equivalent apps but it's great for a quick check.
This, certainly the Android app is free as well but you don't get stuff like 3D view etc. For planning that "2 day per year" shot above though it would be useful. I've used it a lot for that sort of thing.

Equally useful is mooncalc.org - in fact possibly even more so, as the moon isn't in the same place in the sky at the same time on any two given days.
 
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I wish I knew of this app ages ago - I spent a year monitoring the moon rises and planning for the blood moon to be next to the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Photo turned out as I planned but this would have made it very very easy to plan in advance! lol
 
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It's no where near as good as it used to be they sold out to the mobile phone brigade and altered the interface. As a result it is a lot more difficult to use on a computer.
 
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PLanit for photographers is another useful app. TPE is an essential on my devices.
 
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Very useful app.
I'm off to Ireland tonight to photograph the Skerries 100 road racing this weekend. Skerries is one of the few road circuits I have not been to. As part of my planning I've used TPE to work out where the sun will be, and when , to help decide where to photograph the bikes. Particularly useful, bearing in mind the forecast is predicting bright sunny days (again)
 
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Another vote for TPE. A very useful bit of software. It was good years back when it showed only the direction and time of the rising and setting sun(and moon) but even better now with the indication of the direction and height of the sun at any time of the day.

While it is probably most used for sunrise and sunset it can be used for whatever you want when you want/need to know how the sunlight will illuminate your shot.


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I must admit, although I have it on my phone, I've not taken advantage of it's full potential. I must start planning ahead!
 
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Following with interest. Looked at it yesterday (for the iPad) an wondered if it was worth the £8.99 which seems a bit steep for an app. Might invest now ..... :)
 

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Seems to be most aimed at Apple products with Android a reasonably close second. Windows platforms are only catered for as a web based platform so only really of use when you're in range of WiFi, although it can be used for planning shots then.
 
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Seems to be most aimed at Apple products with Android a reasonably close second. Windows platforms are only catered for as a web based platform so only really of use when you're in range of WiFi, although it can be used for planning shots then.
Are any apps still being written to work with Windows Phone these days?
 

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Don't seem to be but there are plenty of Windows tablets around.
 
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