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

Ponte 25 de Abril - LisbonChangi Boardwalk SingaporeUlm, Lindenhöhe bei SonnenuntergangFire Spinners Event at South Bank , London.Taken at a nice place in MannheimViews like this make it so clear to me why it is worth getting up at this hour of the day, especially when it was going to get very hot and windy later on (which is the case on this day). The blue and orange coloring of the sky was just divine.

I posted a similar photo taken 12 days earlier on Flickr. Since that time, the Moon had passed out of the scene, leaving Venus (the bright point near the right edge), Jupiter (the bright point slightly above the centre of the image), and Mars (between the two, but too faint to show in this image) to represent the planets and celestial objects of our Solar System.

The link to this other photograph is ... flic.kr/p/AgMrvz

In my opinion, the reflections of the lights from the lake surface are a highlight of this particular photograph. They were captured in this enhanced form by using the 'Light Trails' mode in the NightCap Pro iOS camera app on my an iPhone 6s Plus.

Barton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

iPhone 6s - Photograph taken with the back-facing camera on an iPhone 6s Plus.
NightCap Pro - This camera app was used to capture the image (4032 x 3024 pixels) using Light Trails mode, and an averaging time of around 20 seconds. The app stacks multiple images that were captured in this instance with ISO 200, an exposure time of 1/14 second, and a fixed aperture of f2.2.
FrontView - Applied a trapezoidal crop to alter the apparent perspective.
Snapseed - Applied Overall lighting adjustments and a trace of dark vignette to the corners.
Photoshop Express - Applied small amounts of the Sharpen and Denoise filters.
ExifEditor - Transferred the EXIF data from the original photograph to the final image.Peak in the cityI found this spot about a year ago near the Central train station of Rotterdam. I liked the view here with the tunnel on the foreground with the lighttrails, and the triangular building of the station. Of course all in the blue hour...

What do you think?

I wish you all a great weekend folks!

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Flickr-album: Rotterdam.

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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.