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

Krakow, PolandHallstatt, AustriaEvery time I leave a concert at the Imperial Theatre, the beauty of Trinity Church blows me away.

I want to go back and try some experimentation with various settings. But with a little photoshop elements editing to remove unwanted wires and to adjust the lighting, I was fairly pleased with this first effort. Weer een avond naar Kinderdijk geweest. Vanavond gekozen voor een draaiende molen. Straatverlichting op de dijk in de achtergrond (digitaal) uitgezet voor deze foto.

Ik woon op fiets afstand van Kinderdijk voor de geïnteresseerde zie ook mijn (zeer uitgebreide) Kinderdijk set: KINDERDIJK

© 2014 Wimzilver
Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my permission.

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Île de la Cité, La Seine, PARIS, FRANCE, Europe2 Exposures | Digital Blending (re-edited)© All rights reserved.
A low-res, flatbed scan of a 6x7 (2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch) transparency.

I just have one thing to say: Don't trust that guard rail! 
Well, I guess I have a little more to say. This image is from a recent shoot up on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. This is another composition that really improved with finally getting a true wide-angle lens. If you look in the distance toward downtown, you can see the city hall in Giants orange. It's fun places like this that make being a lightrailist (a what? haha) really rewarding.
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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.