The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) is that one product for landscape photographers. Created by Stephen Trainor, a nature photographer himself, TPE was designed to help answer that age old question; What direction is the sun going to rise or set where I’ll be shooting today, tomorrow or anytime in the future?
The program is relatively simple to operate and uses Google Maps to pinpoint your desired location. It displays the direction of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset for any day of the year. In the screenshot below you can see how it helps me to know that the sunset later this month on August 28th will lineup almost perfectly with one of my favorite sunset locations in Buescher State Park near Smithville, Texas.
This one program has saved me countless hours of research, planning and missed opportunities since its release and I can’t imagine running my workshops and seminars without it. And now that Stephen has released a version for the iPhone, this essential tool can be used in the field as well as the office.
And every landscape photographer knows that being in the right place at the right time is half the battle.