White Sands National Monument – Planned to coincide with the full moon.
I just read a post by Jay Patel, entitled: Am I an Effective Landscape Photographer?
Effective: Successful in producing a desired or intended result.
In his article, he talks about his preparation before going to a new place, such as getting information on sunrise, sunset, weather, moon phase, tide, seasonal colors, etc, in order to maximize his picture taking effectiveness. At first, when I read this, I thought: Well, that kind of takes the fun out of discovery; however, all I needed to do was look at my iPhone to see what little “helper” applications I have:
Sunrise/Sunset – Lets me know, by my current location, when will be sunrise/sunset.
Moon – Lets me know moonrise, moonset, phase, location, date of full moon, etc.
Tide Table – For those coastal areas, it’s nice to know when the tides are a comin’ and a goin’.
Also, I will admit that I like to arrive about a day, or at least 1/2 day early to have a look-see of the area, take out my compass, see where the sun will rise. As a matter of fact, Monte and I are in the midsts of planning for a trip to Arches National Park. We are planning it around the full moon.
It would seem that about the only thing that I don’t do that Jay mentions, is contact other photographers in the area to pick their brains about good locations to shoot. For that, I think that I like to meander about, choose my own view of the place, and get some amount of discovery. My last trip that I planned to coincide with the full moon was in February, 2008. Kate an I planned for the full moon and paid extra money to be allowed into White Sands National Monument, 2 hours early. It was well worth the extra effort.
How do you prepare for a trip to place that you’ve never been? Do you have any applications that you recommend that you’ve found especially useful?