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.

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I know my stream has loads of shots from Liverpool's waterfront and I need to get out and try a new subject but needed to grab this as my first shot for my jaunt out and I have not got a blue hour of the Three Graces, so I'll probably go back and get some more.Eye of SauronSumida Tokyo
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TumblrI love the seattle monorail and I like rock and roll.... and physics aint bad either, put them all together and let time do it's thing and wham.  BTW sorry for the ugly electrical box in the foreground... it couldn't be avoided unfortunately.

Have a great weekend friends2013-04-27-3770_tonemappedBurj Khalifa & The Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai just after sunset.  




Dubai has been experiencing unseasonal cloudy/rainy weather conditions, truly 'out of the blue' ! Last Saturday, the sky was awesome during cloudy sunset and so thought of capturing the cloud 'burst'. Drove for sometime around Downtown area in the rainy traffic to get a better angle with the Burj Khalifa & clouds in the backdrop. Finally, not wanting to lose the blue hour/cloud movement, just parked the car in the side of a slushy road by a construction site, and took this shot.




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Join me in Facebook | 500px | Google+ | Twitter`chîLakview blvd.... This spot is one of the most photographed as well as photogenic in Seattle.  It is one of those places that the camera just loves, but for me personally, I have never been to a place so many times and got so little I liked from it.  You could say Lakeview blvd is my nemesis, or perhaps I hold it to a higher standard than a lot of other spots.  I have played with many different angles and views, times of day, lengths of exposure, and I always get good images. but..... they never seem to make it.  

So that brings me to this image, it is classic Lakeview, but  while playing with the croping I decided to take a 2:1 aspect ratio and suddenly the typical became more interesting.  This panoramic style view helps solve the age old dilemma one is inevitably faced with when on the overpass: A) shoot wide angle and get those sweeping sexy curves of the freeway and loose the city skyline or B) shoot a longer focal length and get the skyline and loose the drama and depth provided by the interstate.  I feel like the triumph of this shot is purely in the crop and the balance it brings to this classic conundrum that is lakeview blvd.

As always I appreciate the visits and the continued support my friends.  Have a great remainder of the week

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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.