Have you ever wanted to create beautiful night photos but it was completely dark when you found the right spot and subject? Well the bluehoursite.com web site will help you by calculating the best time frame for taking stunning blue hour pictures. If you don't know what is "blue hour" then you're in the right place. It refers to the time after the sun goes below the horizon and the sky goes into deep blue for a while. This is the best timing to take photos. You can learn more about this in the articles section by reading the tutorials.

Random Flickr photos from the group Blue Hour Group

Louvres0213 (6)Eye & Overhoeks 29/04/2013 21h32
The most beautiful pre-last-Queen's Day sunset and blue hour you can only wish for. 
Amsterdam is coloring orange, red, white and blue for the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the inauguration of the new King Willem-Alexander. The biggest canvas with the logo of Willem-Alexander is located on this former Shell building (30 to 80 meters).  

Other view of Overhoeks and Eye here (March 2012). 
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viewat.org/?hd=1&i=en&id_aut=1654&id_pn=6472&...IMGP0237As I wrote in my previous post, I was out doing some long exposure shots during the blue hour last friday and here are one of the shots, depicting the Vattenfall Power Plant.

This shot is actually composed of three shots merged together in Photomatix, taken with the camera in aperture mode, aperture set to f/11, with the AEB set to -3, -1 and 1.

Noob as I am at long exposure shooting I did the shots with ISO400, making the sky very grainy, but I'm very pleased with the result of the smoke and lights of the plant. Next time I will use a lower ISO and hopefully have a better and more sturdy tripod.Scaffolding climbing into the evening sky evidences the commitment by the National Park Service to repair earthquake damage sustained by the Washington National Monument in 2011. The monument will be closed until 2014. Despite the artifacts of reconstruction, the Monument still presents an elegant, memorable landmark for the world to see.

This exposure was taken during my recent trip to Washington, D.C. and was captured from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.marina bay
singaporeVista noturna de Toledo, Espanha, com destaque para a Catedral de Santa Maria de Toledo.

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After I posted this solution to my blog I get several responses so this method works on Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EOS 500D, Canon EOS 50D and Canon EOS 5D Mark II too.

If we had enough luck and good weather conditions the photo already nice but I'm sure it is also contains a lot of possibilities.

Taking good blue hour or night photos is easier than you think. Read below if you want to find out the basics of this beautiful part of photography.