The Art of the Sun/ El arte del Sol


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How to Make a Sunrise Calendar


Works beautifully with Sunsets as well

So how do you make one?


First, you need to be able to see the sun rise so you can take pictures. Not possible? then you can chose a sunrise from another place close by.
Chose a location so that you can see the sun rise all trough the year. If that's not possible, find a location near-by that you can and take a panoramic picture that can be used for the calendar. See panoremic
Keep a log of theday and time and the picture number. You may chose to set your camera to show the time and date on the photo for later galeria. Remember, the time of the photo shown on the log of the picture may refelect the time you transferred or edited the picture.
Take a picture of the horizon that includes at least the furtherest spot the sun wil travel to both the north and south. Notes 1,2,and 3

keep a reference point like the edge of a window

With a photo editor, edit or crop the photo so that it's what you want, then set the size to a standard you have chosen. Keep the origionals so you can go back and crop differently if you see you can best have a smaller or larger area.
Look at a site that has the information you need to set the main times and angles for your location The further you are away from the equator you are, the more the distortation from where the sun appears to rise. We'll show the way to deal with that later.
Take your panoramic photo, and put the time and dates for the following sun locations. Take a picture of the sunrise on that date or as close as possible.

Always take several pictures on each date. If they don't come out you'll have to wait for an other year.


Celestial Season Change Dates 2015      Málaga España

March Equinox

June Solstice

September Equinox

December Solstice

20 Mar 23:45 CET

21 Jun 18:38 CEST

23 Sep 10:20 CEST

22 Dec 05:48 CET

Why does it happen? Due to the tilt of the earths north-south axis in respect to the sun, the north pole is closer to the sun giving longer daylight hours. As the sun revolves around the sun, the axis becomes perpendicular to the sun and the the day becomes equal length to the night. As the continues the south pole becomes closer and has the longer daylight hours. The reverse hapens durring the second half of the year
Some links for further reference  
1. Take all your pictures from the same location. This will give you a better perspective of the suns movements. Try to include reference points so that you can line up future sunrise potos.
2. Use a tripod or stable surface so that you a clear picture. You can use self-timer or digital sabilization on your camera to help eliminate movement due to pressing the shudder button.
3. For you calander picture you may want to do a panoramic photo. Keep you camera level. If you camera doesn't have panoramic capability you can take a series of pictures you want and put them together in a photographic editing program. If your camera is not level you will get a distortion and the pictures will not line up at all levels and you will have to due some fancy editing.
4. You may want to create a panoramic view picture that includes everything you see to be used as a reference if you want clouds or events not in your usual sunrise view. A shot of making a panoramic view. Make sure you overlapthe pictures enough so you can blend them with an erases tool to get a smooth transition.
When I learned it was better to use a tripod to get clearer pictures and use the same level spot, I tried to figure out how to put the tripod just outside the window where I get a 200º view. Since I take all y pictures from my studio I'll have to figure a way with out worrying I'll drop my camera the 11 floors.
Some of my other places
My Glass work Sunrises
My Instraments Cómpeta wine competition and tasting
My Home Page Learning to cook
My Favorite Pictures Philosophy



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