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Monthly Archives: July 2010

I have previously enumerated the photography websites I frequent.  Earlier today I came across a free web-dependent application written by Stephen Trainor entitled The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE).  The visual interface allows for truly impressive depth when it comes to considering the solar and lunar ephemerides upon a topographical map.  I have wanted to make a sunset photograph from that point for several years, but have found the shooting of it (especially at night) to be more productive than shooting from it.

I plan to utilize TPE to help me previsualize a sunset shot for later this summer.  Here is a screenshot of that location for today’s date:

Notice the colored lines representing sunrise (yellow), sunset (orange), moonrise (light blue), and moonset (dark blue).  Clicking on the “Twilight” button will provide times for civil, nautical, and astronomical twilight.  I must admit that the amalgamation of nature photographer and amateur astronomer in me enjoys playing with these tools just to observe the potential changes on the landscape.

A recent evening reminded me of the importance of being able to adapt and apply a photographic vision beyond one’s regular subject matter.  A couple weeks ago, I had the good fortune to spend time on a farm with a lovely group of people.  I naturally brought my camera, but quickly discovered that the landscape before me did not readily mesh with my more typical previsualizations.  I was thus forced to think differently about what stood before me.  The resultant lesson I internalized that evening?  Light is light, no matter where is shines.

There is something visually pleasing about seeing the results of controlled pyrotechnics under a dark canopy of stars.