Quick Intro to Google Earth

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Have you ever been a location where you were excited to shot, only to discover after you are all setup that you are not in the right place to catch the sunrise.  or in the wrong place to catch the sunrise where you envisioned it rising in the scene?

Welcome to Google Earth. It is an app for Windows or any device via the web browser that is useful to figure out locations to shoot photographs.  This app will allow you to visual where you can set up to get those photographs you envision.  With the ability to get down to street level in many cases you can see what obstacles you will need to avoid to ensure that you are able to get that photograph you are looking to capture.  You can even view other’s photographs to see if this location will work for what you have in mind.

I was heading to Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth Maine in December a few years ago and wanted to know where to setup to catch the sun rising between the keepers house and the light tower. I was able to use Google Earth to help me figure out where I could set myself up for the shot I got below. I didn’t necessarily catch the sunrise, but I did catch a blizzard, which was beautiful and was begging to be a black and white photograph!

Below is a short video I did to show how to use Google Earth as well as the photograph I took using the app to figure out where to position myself for the shot. Enjoy!

Snowfall at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Snowfall at Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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Useful Links for Google Earth

Links to help you learn and use Google Earth in planning your photography shoots.

Google Earth
Link for Google Earth. Here you can either download the app to your desktop, or run the app via a webpage.
Youtube link to the video above
Youtube link to the video featured in this blog article.

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David Cote

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens. Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but waiting to see if Sony comes out with a 'A9' before I upgrade) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times! Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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