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

The Blue CapitalOld Capital HillFacebook /  Google+ /  500px /  WebSite /Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialMy walk home from work this evening, looking up the Royal mile - it slopes upward along the spine of the volcanic ridge the Old Town is built on, the Palace (and now Parliament) at the bottom, up this way towards the top you eventually come to the Castle gates. This was the 'blue hour' when the sun has set, the sky above and behind me dark, the westward sky ahead still with a very pale, final blue light silhouetting the buildings, one of my favourite times of day. 

I have taken versions of this shot many times now over the years, but on a beautiful evening like this, with this scene in front of my eyes, I can't resist taking another one. No tripod as I was coming from work, so used technique I've used before - there are collapsible traffic bollards in the middle of the road which retract into the cobbles when they need to get a vehicle along here (normally it is pedestrianised), and they have a nice, flat top on them, so set timer, open lens, sit camera on there et voila... And really, when you get to see this just on your walk home from work, can you blame me for taking this scene again and again across the years?SMC Takumar 135mm f3.5
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View of Split from a bar at Marjan hill (shot without tripod).

Blick auf das abendliche Split von einer Bar am Marjan-Hügel.Amazing Blue hour sky on 24.6 at the marina bay.  Wanted to do a panorama but unfortunately, there was a soccer event at THE FLOAT and thus the right side was overwhelmed by the spotlights.  However, this spotlight illuminated the reservoir into an  emerald green that contrast well with the blue sky...  So still a blessing in disguise.

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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.