Oct 13th 2020 standing in one of these spots, the sun should appear directly behind Mt. P. and drift to the right coming up.
Standing on Mt. P. the area in the parking lot is where I will set up. I would like to set another on the race track so no runners, cars could get in the shots, but only me n someone might take the tripod n camera.
This is the sun setting from my photo on top of Mt. P. I used a telephoto to make it larger.
I was about a week early when taking this shot. You see the sun came up to the left instead of directly in the center.
1 how long is it from the top of the sun first appears above the horizon till the bottom of the sun appears
Just a ball park guess
1) The sun is approximately 0.5 degrees in diameter. Given that day is 24 hours for ~360 degrees of rotation (more or less), then the time would be approximately (24 * 60 * 60) * (0.5/360) seconds = 120s. Of course, that assumes the sun moves only upwards from the horizon and ignores the effect of refraction (which changes as the sun rises), but it's a close enough rough number.
2) That would all depend on what you were trying to accomplish. Are you looking to do a time-lapse series? Or just get one great shot? If a series, do you want to the sun to overlap? Or do you want a visible gap between each image of the sun?
Assuming a time lapse series, I'd say just shoot every 15 seconds and composite the results in post production as you want them. I should say I've never done that myself in any rigorous way, so others may have better advice.