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It is indeed difficult, if not impossible, to tell at times. Here's a list a strategies I might use to tell the difference: Look for contextual clues. Even a tiny recognizable feature could reveal the cardinal direction. Atmospheric clarity. During a sunrise, the dust has had time to settle at night, making the sky clearer than at sunset, where there is a ...


Sunsets vary greatly as I'm sure you know! Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time can help but you help yourself here sometimes. Luckily we live in a time of digital and you can see what you took instantly so just tweak from there. Start with a base exposure then slowly underexpose or expose as bright as you can then develop the rest ...


AFAIK, if there is a body of water in the picture, it would be more still during sunrise than sunset because the cooler temperatures of the night results in less wind. From Scott Kelby's, The Digital Photography Book (the first) Another advantage of shooting at dawn (rather than at sunset) is that water (in ponds, lakes, bays, etc.) is more still at ...


You can also use a free tool that I've developed with a colleague. It computes the actual sunrise and sunset times for any location worldwide, accounting for terrain. The example in the image is for Chamonix in France. Go to to find your own location. Hope you like it! I'm using it for all my outdoor shoots.

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