Old 09-29-2005, 08:07 PM   #1
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I have found that one of the most important things to do before chasing a train on ANY line is to plan out which shots will be in good sun. For many months I have been looking forward to websites that give exact sun paths and angles to help with this planning but I have come up with nothing. Does anyone know of a site that will provide either paths of the sun? Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I'm following what you're asking. Sun angles obviously depend on time of day, season, and topography. I've never heard of any resource (outside of remote sensing, and that's with certain things set at a constant) that can tell you where shadows will fall at a certain point. It would take a tremendous database and processor to calcualte sun angles for every hour, every day for an entire year. Not to mention the fact that you have to take hills, trees, and other topography into account.

Maybe I'm missing the boat on this and have no idea what you're asking, but I think what you're looking for doesn't exist.

The best way I use to figure out sun angles using Mapquest. I can see where the tracks are oriented and based on time of day, I can venture a guess as to where I would have a good shot, but other than flat out experience (i.e. having seen it before), that might be the best you can hope for...
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:32 PM   #3
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Or you could search the forums and see if this is what you're looking for:

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Old 09-30-2005, 04:10 AM   #4
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What I do is visit the locations I'd like to shoot at and find out for myself when the sun is good in the locations I want to shoot at. Then a few days later I'll go back and know where to shoot at what times.
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I googled the term "sun angle" and found this. Hope this helps.

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