Blue Hour

The blue hour – the hour of the artists, romantics and the photographers. Too dramatic? The fact is that at this time of day and with the right photographic equipment, extremely interesting images are captured. In these images, the sky is a deep blue.

This lighting condition can be seen after sunset. However, it does not occur every evening; atmospheric conditions play an important role in this process. Because the sky’s residual light is not very bright, subjects that are illuminated by artificial light and some light from the sky are captured well on camera. Additionally, the sky’s intense blue is an interesting contrast to the artificial light source’s red, yellow or green. The use of a tripod is recommendable. Due to the negative impact on image quality (image noise), the ISO rate should not be increased. The Aperture Priority Auto Exposure (A, AV) mode is a good option to use. Here the depth of field can be monitored accordingly.

Further aspects that may be useful when capturing images

  • Remote shutter release / Self-timer release
  • Manual focus

In the following images, there are some examples of subjects that have been illuminated by artificial light sources and captured during the blue hour. The first two images were captured on a slide film; the other images were captured with a digital single-lens reflex camera.

Luxor Temple (Ipet-resit) – Egypt 1996

Luxor Temple (Ipet-resit) – Egypt 1996

Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland 1992

Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland 1992

Havana – Cuba 2008

Havana – Cuba 2008

Cuba

Cuba 2008

Fountain of Neptune – Florece – Italy - 2007

Fountain of Neptune – Florece – Italy - 2007