Get the Perfect Shot with Smartphone Apps

Don’t let the sun go down on you.  At least not without knowing exactly where and when it’s going down.  If you can integrate naturally occurring events, such as the rising and setting of the sun and moon, storms, fog, and the tides into your photography, you’re going to get shots that will make you proud.

If you’re going to get up before sunrise to get a shot, you sure don’t want to waste the effort by being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.  So, take a little time beforehand and invest in a couple of Smartphone apps.SONY DSC

Our favorite app is called the Photographer’s Ephemeris.  You can use it to find out exactly where you should be to capture a beautiful sunset or maybe a rising moon over your favorite landmark.  You can project out to future dates and to anyplace on a map.  It will take a bit of effort to master, (Rochelle is much better at it than I am) but it will pay off quickly.  You can buy a version for your Apple or Android device, or try it out for free on your desktop computer. Continue reading

Travels with Charley – The Eastern Sierras and Fall Color

This past weekend, Rochelle and I travelled over the Tioga Pass in Yosemite to visit the Eastern Sierras. SONY DSC We try to do this at least once a year, as the Eastern side of the Sierras offers much more in the way of Fall Colors than over here in the Western Foothills.  This time, we explored the June Lake Loop, just south of Lee Vining off of highway 395.

The June Lake Loop is 16 miles of the most beautiful Aspen Groves I’ve ever seen.  The groves are on the hillsides, along streams in the canyons and they surround the various little lakes along the road.  There are numerous places to pull over (our RT Agile had no problems with the turnouts) and enjoy the view.  Continue reading