I was considering a few ideas for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Clock the Time before thinking about using a timer app on a tablet to time long exposures.
My plan was to set up the shot when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. I would set the tablet on top of the camera bag as I usually do and take the shot at dawn.
The plan didn’t work out. I took my lightweight kit of three manual focus primes in a small bag so no lid to set the tablet on. Not that the choice of camera bags really mattered as I forgot the tablet. So I set up the shot at home in the afternoon.
This small tablet has a timer app allowing me to time long exposures at dawn and dusk. There’s also an app that shows sun rise and set and moon rise and set direction for any locations I’m not familiar with and an app that alerts me to the chance of a display of the northern lights.
Edit: It occurred to me after posting this that I hadn’t explained the reason why I need a timer app. Sometimes I use strong neutral density filters to given long exposure times. This allows me to blur moving water or clouds moving across the sky.
In fact there are apps that will calculate the exposure and time it for you. I have been doing the exposure calculations in my head so just use a timer app. Maybe I should investigate the calculator apps.