While working through the material for today and next week, a friend called up and asked if I’d be interested in joining him for a stroll through downtown during sunset. Being one to never turn down a sunset, or a photo walk, or city architecture, I readily agreed. So, we met near downtown Denver. Gregg and I had been talking about setting up a sunset shot of the city skyline for some time now and we’d had some ideas for a good place to scout it out. But, tonight his motive was different.
You see, he had been plotting not only sunsets but moon rises ever since the Scott Kelby Walk back in July, and knew that tonight would be a particularly good night to catch the moon rising over the skyline of the city both because of its position, and because it was a clear night with very few (if any) clouds in the sky. Apparently Gregg had been using the Photographers Ephemeris application for a while now (available in desktop versions and iPhone versions as well), and his research was spot on.
A few other decent apps are available for the iPhone/iPad/iTouch crowd (both free and paid), including the popular Sunrise Sunset Lite application which works nicely except for azimuth and elevation. Still, for free, what can you expect? Get TPS – it’s worth its weight in gold!
For those that use the Android operating system for their smart phones, try the Sundroid application from the AppBrain marketplace: Sundroid Free Sunrise/Sunset for Android on AppBrain
We walked away from the short outing (only an hour or so) with several good compositions to add to our respective portfolios…only now I owe him a beer. Well worth it for the following:
Happy shooting and have a great weekend!