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I think an application called "The Photographer's Ephemeris" might be what you are looking for. It's available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X.


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Golden hour is when the sun is low in the horizon, giving light with a golden tint. Blue hour is when the sun is slightly below the horizon, leaving the sky deep blue. There is no set duration because it varies according to latitude and time of the year. Civil twilight is a good approximation with the sun being ±6° around the horizon. When the angle is ...


11

I use LightTrac for the iPad. Not only does it tell you when but also the angle from which the sun will be coming at sunrise, sunset and right now, as the sun position varys seasonally. Besides, it's cool to be able to drag the slider around and see how the direction of the sun rays will vary. So say I want to photograph the tower in the middle of the plaza ...


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You're right. The atmosphere has a prismatic effect, spreading white light out into its constituent colors. As the sun moves down to the horizon, you the viewer move into the orange-red band of light. The lower the sun can get, the more red the light will be. The atmosphere is also a diffuser. The more of it there is between you and the light source, the ...


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There are a number of techniques employed to get the look of the examples you posted. I think you're correct about the lighting, these pictures were taken with the optimal lighting for their location. The contrast was enhanced. This might be an automatic process as suggested by che, or it may be done by selecting areas of the image and enhancing the ...


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Yes, it's mostly post-processing. The images have very high contrast, which also makes the colors more vivid. You can also increase the saturation to get more vivid colors without getting too high contrast. Your reflection on the lighting is probably correct; the images should have reasonably high contrast and color to start with, or they will look too ...


6

You need to shoot at either sunrise or set (sunset is generally warmer in tone), when the sun is very low in the sky. Shoot with the sun behind the model (taking care not to look directly at it if possible). As you are shooting into the sun, you need some light source to light the front of your model: this could either be a diffused flash or a reflector. As ...


5

Iceland is so far north that depending where you are in the country, you get significantly different results. Compare the following chart from gaisma.com for Reykjavík, which is in the south: With this chart, for Ísafjörður in the north: As you can see, between mid June and the beginning of July, the sun never actually sets in the north of Iceland, ...


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I live in Colorado, and spend a lot of time around the Rockies. While the mountains do indeed have an effect on the time and length of sunrise and sunset, I wouldn't go so far as to say they eliminate Golden Hour. The old adage that states golden hour hits its peak a few minutes after sunset holds truest in the mountains, although it may be more like 15 ...


4

You can get close to this kind of look by enhancing local contrast. This works a bit similar to HDR tone mapping, and can be archieved by using unsharp mask filters with high blur radius. This example was a bit overdone so you can see how easily this can go wrong. Usually you'll get nicer looking results by using just a small amount of this, and perhaps ...


4

On Android there's a great app called Sun Surveyor. This will tell you sunrise/set/golden/blue times, as others do. But it's got the map view (as shown elsewhere), and another unique feature, which is an "augmented reality" view where you hold your phone up, and it uses the camera to overlay on the real scenery the path that the sun is going to take during ...


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Mountains definitely affect the timing of sunrise and sunset. As you mention the sun will drop below a mountain earlier (and rise a little later) than it would on a plain. Still the light can be very beautiful. I am not sure if the length of the good light is affected by mountains, but it is certainly worthwhile to arrive at your location about an hour ...


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If anyone is interested, my colleague and I have developed a free tool for computing the actual sunrise and sunset times for any location worldwide, accounting for terrain. The image in the example is for Chamonix in France. I'm a photographer myself, and that was one of the reasons why we made this. Very useful when going on a shoot. Just go to ...


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There's a bit of post production going on in that image that is probably clouding things somewhat. If you look at the area at the top of the image it's clearly been blown out (overexposed) and then brought back from pure white to a dirty grey pink colour. This says to me two things - the contrast of the image has been lowered so that the blacks and whites ...


3

I've found Sol to be not only an excellent sunset/sunrise app, but it looks great too and I like the visual representation of the length of the day. Sol also has relative alarms that will alert you X minutes prior to a sun event (sunset, Golden Hour, etc). It can also be set to adjust for your location if you travel. Also check out SunCalc - it's not ...


3

I use an app called 'PhotoCalc' - it does sunrise and sunset (though not currently moonrise and moonset) based on your position on GPS, and has a load of other useful features too, such as an equivalent exposure calculator, and a flash exposure calculator.


2

I use a nice tool on my iPhone called Darkness. It is a world clock with sunrise/sunset/moonphase, and supports grabbing your current location (in addition to configured locations.)


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Some of these effects can be achieved in camera using a polarizing filter. The images you indicate are likely popped in post processing, but if you haven't tried a polarizing filter out, you might be surprised at home much it affects color.


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I moved to Denver from Phoenix, and there is no doubt that the quality of light during the golden hour is greatly affected by the mountains. It varies depending on where in Denver you are and the time of year, but we lose much of the benefit of the setting sun's golden hour here. In the example above, there is a picture of nicely illuminated clouds, which ...


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You have two effects in mountains: When the sun is behind the mountain, your sceen is lit only by blue sky, and by reflection of sunlight from peaks. Late in the day there is very little light reflected from peaks, even though the sun may be 1-2 hours from sunset. Your lighting is bright blue sky. This light has less red in it than a similar period of ...


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Here is a screenshot from TPE. Normally this would show the following: Sunset - the time the sun sets Civil twilight - defined as when the sun is below the horizon, less than 6 degrees - brightest stars and planets visible Nautical twilight - defined as when the sun is between 6 and 12 degrees below the horizon - many more stars visible Astronomical ...


1

I've made an app for Windows Phone 7/8 called Sun Tracker, which would cover more recent Nokia handsets. It includes some of the requested features: Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight times Augmented Reality Sun Position Tracking using phones latitude and longitude


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As one of the developers, I feel compelled to tell you about our photography app, GoldenPic. GoldenPic doesn't just give you the sunrise and sunset, it also provides you the blue and golden hours, moon phase, moonrise and moonset times, weather, GPS coordinates, etc. It even lets you save your GPS coordinates to recall at a later day/time and integrates ...


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On the iPhone there is a great application called Star Walk that shows you elevation and sunrise/sunset times, either for your current location or a location you pick from the globe. It also shows you rise/set times of the visible planets and the moon. As a bonus in this case (and the main feature of the app in general) it gives you a great map of the night ...


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I've been using a tool called Compass myself on my Nokia. No GPS support though.


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From mobile I usually visit http://www.wolframalpha.com/ and enter "sundown " - works good enough for me.


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Check out Magic Hour, it's only on the iPhone I believe but does all you need. It's only a couple of quid too.



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