Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Solstice Sunset

I've just found the perfect spot for taking a photo of the sunset on the Winter Solstice. Using Stonehenge in Your City I've found a path in the Olympic Park in London which is directly aligned with the Olympic Stadium. At 3.53 p.m. this Sunday, weather permitting, I should be able to take the perfect photograph of the sun setting behind the Olympic Stadium.

If you want to take your own perfect sunset or sunrise photo this Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice if you live in the southern hemisphere) then have a look at Stonehenge in Your City. The site has maps of hundreds of cities around the world showing streets which are aligned with the sunset or sunrise on the Winter and Summer Solstices.

If you want to find out the perfect time to take a photo on this solstice then have a look at the Golden Hour Calculator. The Golden Hour Calculator is a Google Map that displays sunrise and sunset times, the elevation and azimuth of the sun and shows users when the golden hour occurs for any location.

The Golden Hour Calculator defines the 'golden hour' as "the first and last hour of sunlight in the day when the special quality of light yields particularly beautiful photographs". Using the calculator photographers can enter the location where they are planning to take photos and the calculator will display a graph beneath the map showing when the golden hour occurs.

Users can change the date of their shoot to ensure that the calculator displays the correct times for the golden hour on a given date.

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