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.
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