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Planning A Photography Trip - The Elements

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Planning A Photography Trip – Researching the Elements
[b][/b]There are several different aspects of the elements to be researched for your photography trip;
Weather
Tide times
Sun times and positions
For the weather I will have a final check the day before I leave on the following web sites (all of which will probably disagree to some extent);
www.bbc.co.uk/weather
www.weather.com
www.metoffice.gov.uk
All three will allow you to enter a location to view the forecast over the coming 5, 7 or 10 days. They all use graphics to indicate the forecast as well as provide detailed information regarding wind strength, temperature and likelihood of rain. Whilst on location I use the weather app on my iPhone and generally find it is reasonably accurate – it always makes me laugh though when I am stood in pouring rain and my iPhone says it isn’t due to rain today!
For tide times and heights I use;
www.tidetimes.org.uk
You can enter a location name or search through their database of 690 locations in the UK for a detailed listing covering the coming seven days.
For sun position and sunrise and sunset times I use the same as most photographers;
www.photoephemeris.com
Detailed pages with satellite overviews. This has now moved away from an app to online only, which can be a pain when out in the field with no signal for data usage, but it is still the best available. For quick reference I also visit;
www.suncalc.net
Which basically provides you with the same position and time information as The Photographer Ephemeris but without all of the extra functionality so a good alternative for a quick look.
Once I have all of this information I will visit Google Earth and Google Maps and check the topography of the areas I am visiting to check whether sunrises or sunsets will be blocked by the land and to what extent. A good example of the reason for doing this is that most of the South coast of England during the Summer has the sun setting over land and not out to sea.
My next post will provide a summary of all thing relating to planning your photography trip.

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