I have many times crawled out of bed early in the morning in an effort to be somewhere in time to take photos as the sun came up. This usually involved a certain amount of homework to establish exactly what time sunrise was going to be; leafing through newspapers, asking locals, occasionally even getting up early the day before!
That works fine when you are already in the place you are going to be taking the photos, but might not work not so well when you are preparing for a trip abroad or are planning a trip in the future.
Of course, now we have the Internet and there is not much going on in the world that I can’t find out from Mr Google, with a little bit of effort and judicious searching.
Now, for those of you lucky enough to have an iPhone in your pocket, there is an interesting app available which could really help. Called “Darkness”, essentially it tells you times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset for just about any city in the world and for any date.
I won’t pretend I’m going to rush out to get an iPhone just so I can use the app, but if I had one already I would definitely be investing $1.99 in “Darkness”. I believe they are preparing to release a major update, so it would be worth keeping an eye on their site. As soon as the new version is available I’m going to get a copy on a friend’s iPhone and then I can submit a review.
In the meantime, more information is available on the Bjango website.
10th April 2009 – Version 2.0 Released on Apple iTunes Store
I have just heard from Bjango that version 2.0 of Darkness is now available on the Apple iTunes Store. Some of the new features are listed below:
- Completely new user interface.
- Added 14000 new cities (over 22000 in total now).
- Date Switching, allowing viewing of any point in the future or past.
- Added more moon details, like moon azimuth, age and illumination.
- Now shows more moon phases (8 in total).
- Added city map.
- Azimuth and altitude details for various sun positions.
- Improved city searching.
- Fully localized for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
- Partially localized for Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese.
- Added sound effects.
I’m looking forward to trying it out (although finding a friend with an iPhone is proving harder than expected!).