I was a bit startled this morning when I opened The Photographer’s Ephemeris on my computer to check on the time of sunrise. The Ephemeris is a cool app (free for the desktop, small charge for smartphones and tablets: www.photoephemeris.com) showing not only times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset, but the compass direction (azimuth) that each occur at, from any location. Thus the savvy landscape photographer plans his/her shoots.
It has yellow and orange lines for the direction of sunrise and sunset, respectively. Light blue for moonrise, dark blue for moonset. But this morning: no light blue. What? And no moonrise time on the chart to the right of the aerial photo/map.
Why? Because the moon had already risen, about a half hour before midnight. So technically it rose yesterday, very late yesterday.
I knew the waning moon would not be worth shooting as part of a landscape scene again for a couple weeks anyhow, since we are at Last Quarter, midway between Full Moon and New Moon. I just like checking out sunrise times, etc. in the meantime.
The good news: tomorrow we’re back to two-a-days again, both moonrise and moonset.
And the sunrise this morning over the Black Hills of Arizona’s Yavapai County north of Prescott wasn’t bad, either.