Quick Intro to the Photographer’s Ephemeris

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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 the Photographer’s Ephemeris. It is an app for iOS or Andoid as well as a web based app for the desktop which is useful to figure out where sunrise or sunet will occur. it is also helpful to knowing where the  moon rise and moon set will occur.

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. In comes the Photographer’s Ephemeris to the rescue.

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

Winter sunrise at Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Winter sunrise at Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

 

This print is available for purchase starting at only $18 dollars!

This print is available for purchase starting at only $18 dollars!

Photographer's Ephemeris Links

Useful Photographer's Ephemeris Links

Quick intro to the Photographer's Ephemeris
A quick video intro to the Photographer's Ephemeris.
The Photographer's Ephemeris
Link to The Photographer's Ephemeris, also known just as TPE.

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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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