What is Blue Hour Photography
Definition of Blue Hour
Why Is the Light Blue?
Does the Blue Hour Last for 60 Minutes?
At higher latitudes, the same process takes longer. At around 40 degrees north and south, for example in New York, it takes around 20 minutes in March.
Generally, the best blue hour photographs I have created are in a 6 to 12 minute window. However, I must be set up and waiting for the actual moment well in advance.
How is a Location Selected for Blue Hour Photography
To capture the magic of the blue hour I have to plan ahead. Blue hour is short—too short to start when the light is just right. I do preplanning long before arriving on site. I use a blue hour calculator. The exact time changes each day depending on time of year. I also must calculate when the sun will be at just the right angle. Then the final determination of whether I arrive onsite at 5 AM or 6 PM. This depends solely on location in relation to the sun. I will never recommend blue hour photography for locations not suitable for it.
The end results of blue hour photography is well worth the effort. Blue hour photographs are commonly used in marketing commercial and industrial locations because it makes an otherwise plain or drab photograph have the finished commercial advertising look.
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