The Photographer's Ephemeris

  • I am a TE newby. I have searched the TE Forums and am surprised that I have been unable to find anything on one of my favorite photographic planning tools: The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). From Wikipedia: An ephemeris is a table of values that gives the positions of astronomical objects in the sky at a given time or times.
    Developed by fellow photographer, Stephen Trainor, The Photographer’s Ephemeris will graphically show you the position of the sun and moon at any chosen date and time on an overlay of your subject matter on Google Maps. Use it to see how light will fall on the intended subject. I am now incorporating TPE into the planning of each of my important photography excursions.
    To wet your appetite, the following are highlights taken from http://photoephemeris.com
    “TPE's map-based approach means you are not limited to a predefined list of locations, which often don't include the places many photographers go. Instead, search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it.”
    “Advanced features including automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon, ensuring that you have the best possible information for planning your shoot.”
    “You can even determine when the sun or moon will be visible behind nearby hills and mountains.”
    The software is a free download for your computer. Apps are available for the i-Phone and Android phones for a small fee.

    Are any of you TE photographers using TPE, and do you have any comments or tips?
    If not, I urge you to take a look.