When I plan a landscape photography, I use tools like Google Earth so to get an idea of the place I want to shoot; TPE and PhotoPills in order to see the direction of the sun, looking for a frontal or side light and avoiding backlight.
What I still struggle is making decisions based on how the sun influences the scene in terms of lights and shadows, considering not only the direction of the sun, but also possible natural obstacles like a mountain.
I know that Google Earth for Desktop has a feature to simulate lights and shadows and PhotoPills can tell you if the sun will be visible from a certain point. But I can't still figure out how the scene will be.
Do you have any suggestion for me?