The Photographers Ephemeris is a great little app that is available for free download for PC, Mac and also Ipad and Iphone. The app allows gives you sunrise and sunset times throughout the year for any particular area and also shows you the direction of the sunrise and sunset. It also does the same for the moon. I’m finding this program invaluable for planning location shoots.
It’s quick to download and easy to use. It is as simple as typing in your location and searching. The program runs using Google Maps software and so gives you the ability to drill down to a specific address. Basically as long as the location is mapped in Google Maps, then you can find out the sunrise/sunset times at any given time over the year for any given location on the planet. Seriously cool.
As can be seen in the diagram above, the coloured lines on the map show the direction of the sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset, while the table on the right gives the times.
I think this could be an invaluable tool for a travelling photographer, especially the versions for mobile devices such as Ipads and Iphones. I hear there is also a version in the works for Android users.
The calender also gives you the ability to skip forward a few weeks or months to help in the planning of upcoming trips.