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

Bluffton in the BluePhoto © Jérémie MontessuisNormally it would only take 8 seconds to shoot this.  I set up the tripod across the street to get a red streak in the foreground.  Then it took several minutes for the cars to arrive.  I realized that they were all held up by a lightrail train several blocks away.  Finally the cars arrived to give me a lightshow.Dawn at the Citadel II.  Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved


 London  | Architecture  | Night  Photography

Southwark Bridge is an arch bridge for traffic linking Southwark and the City across the River Thames, in London, England. It was designed by Ernest George and Basil Mott. It was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. and opened in 1921.[1] The bridge is owned and maintained by City Bridge Trust, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.

Halfway along the bridge on the Western side is a plaque which is inscribed:

    Re-built by the Bridge House Estates Committee
    of the Corporation of London
    Opened for traffic by their Majesties
    King George V and Queen Mary
    6th June 1921
    Sir Ernest Lamb CMG, JP Chairman
    Basil Mott, CB Engineer
    Sir Ernest George RA Architect

A previous bridge on the site, designed by John Rennie, opened in 1819, and was originally known as Queen Street Bridge, as shown on the 1818 John Snow Map of London. The bridge consisted of three large cast-iron spans supported by granite piers. It was known as the 'Iron Bridge'[citation needed]  in comparison to London Bridge, the 'Stone Bridge'. The bridge was notable for having the longest cast iron span, 240 feet (73 m), ever made.

The bridge provides access to Upper Thames Street on the north bank and, due to the Ring of steel, there is no further access to the City and the north. This has led to a reputation of it being the least used bridge in central London and it is sometimes known as the 'car park bridge' as coach drivers use it to park their vehicles.

The current bridge was given Grade II listed structure status in 1995


London - Night Colors of Southwark Bridge
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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.