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

Blue Hour (i)Yanghwa BridgePiercing Dublin's skyline is this unmissable silver shard of stainless steel standing proudly on a bronze base symbolising Ireland's past. Rising 120m, the hollow structure is almost twice as high as Liberty Hall, Dublin’s original seventeen (thanks Alan!) storey 'skyscraper'. Its 3m-wide base tapers to a 15cm point, the last 12m of which provide an illuminated beacon for the city's night sky. Completed on 21 Jan 2003, the construction is designed to safely sway up to 1.5m in high winds, and 12000 tiny holes allow light to pass through, enhancing its daylight impact. Officially called the Monument of Light, early name suggestions included The Sword of Light, Dublin Gleams and Brian Boru (after the famous High King of Ireland). However, as befits an enduring trend to rechristen local landmarks, Dubliners have dubbed it the Stiletto in the Ghetto, the Nail in the Pale and several other 'interesting' names. Situated outside the GPO, the Spire replaces Nelson's Pillar which was destroyed by an IRA explosion in 1966.Straße zu Blauen StundeThe blue hour... great light, at 1/30 it was the last hand-held shot for the day.

Not a special shot.  Maybe, just a bit on the documentary side but the 'retro' feel hooks me every time.Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

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On a footbridge in the middle of an roundabout. Hoping to get two layers of traffic, but was a bit too low and I didn't have my tripod with me. Thankfully a bus provided some interesting lines.London Eye

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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.