Our Friend the Sun (Part 3 of 3): Blue Hour

Like Golden Hour, Blue Hour is another fantastic time to shoot. The sky transitions between dark blue to light blue or vice versa depending on the time of day, and really gives off a rich blue hue in your photos.

When is it?

The timing of Blue Hour is basically the opposite of Golden Hour. While Golden Hour occurs during the hour after sunrise or before sunset, Blue Hour occurs during the hour before sunrise or after sunset. If you want to pinpoint it exactly, here’s an easy site to find Blue Hour: http://www.bluehoursite.com/


What to Shoot?

Blue Hour is awweeesome for landscapes, cityscapes, and if you want to capture light trails. See some of my examples below:

Flathead Lake, Montana

Flathead Lake, Montana

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado


Since there’s less light during Blue Hour you’ll have to have a camera where you can control the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (I’ll be getting into Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO in my later posts). You'll also need a tripod or something sturdy to rest your camera on. Anyways, these are usually my settings:

  1. Mode: Manual

  2. Shutter Speed: Varies

  3. Aperture: f/8 - f/22

  4. ISO: Not higher than 1,000, but the lower the better.

I’ll get into post processing in later photos as well, but capturing Blue Hour is fairly straight forward as you’re set up in a fixed position. Just make sure you get to your location early enough to set up and be ready to capture the quickly fleeting moment! 

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