Magic of Blue Hours

posted on 31st of may, 2013

I always get fascinated by Blue Hours photos. but did not realize the magic until I came to Singapore. In one of my previous blogs, I mentioned that Singapore looks fab in Blue hours! Oh, then I was new to the city. As the days passed, I found each different parts of the city creates different magic in Blue hours.

Unlike the early morning photos no need to wake-up early. Just an evening walk is enough buddy! :) Here are few points from my personal experience.

For blue hours you need to wait till the sun sets and the red hues are gone from the sky. Cloudy days help a lot. Look at this. My 1st blue hours shot at Singapore. Aren't the clouds adding an extra zing to the scene?

Choosing a location:
If you are in a city where you see dazzling lights then you are lucky enough! Spot some tall building or tower which is high enough than the buildings/trees in the surroundings. You must have a wide view of the city with the sky in b/g. Trust me! Those tiny colorful city-lights in blue b/g will amaze you!

If city lights are not enough then choose a place like some gardens or local fair where decorative lights are there. If you do not have a tall building around it then hey! not a problem. Get some shots from ground level by looking up. Still the sky will be in b/g. Take a look at this.

Even some bridges on water will be good spot to take blue hours shot!

I am yet to take some car light trails :) which is another interesting subject in blue hours.

Now comes the Technical things:
1st and foremost thing that you must carry is tripod! It will help you capture the true magic in such low light. Also as I say water body would be a good spot tripod will help u here for long exposure shots.

2ndly, a higher f stop is required if you are focusing on those glittering lights. It gives you the starry effect with light rays around the stronger bright spots. f11-f13 is ok. Don't go too high as it might ruin sharpness. I loved those colorful starry lights here in this shot.

Slow shutter with low ISO. Since blue hours already have less ambiance light you got to choose a slow shutter. May be 2-10 seconds. You can take few test shots to meter. ISO should not be more than 200. 100 is best. Else noise will ruin the beauty.

Post processing:
Blue hours shot will surely have some noise in full zoom. You need to selectively remove them without touching the main subjects. Otherwise the photo might lose sharpness.

Eventually if the sky is not that blue but you wish some more tint might add beauty. Give some cyan in darker areas by choosing 'color balance' in photo-shop. Increase cyan in shadow parts.

That's all for today :) I am sure some of you might know some other points. Please feel free to share :)

Comments (29)

Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 24, 2013
Thanks :)
where do u want me to add? any of my collection?
U got some real good bird shots :)
Posted by Suebmtl on June 24, 2013
Great collection. I have some recent photos of Peru, if there are any you wish to add.
Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 13, 2013
Thanku :)
Posted by Jazzycam2 on June 07, 2013
nices pic :)
Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 06, 2013
Thanks everyone! :) u r really inspiring me to take more blue shots ;)
Posted by Treb999 on June 05, 2013
Very nice pictures!
Posted by Perstock on June 05, 2013
So nice images! :-)
Posted by Egomezta on June 04, 2013
Yoour iimages are amazing. Congratulations.
Posted by Laurasinelle on June 04, 2013
Thanks for sharing, Great pics!
Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 04, 2013
Thanks again! :)
Harshvardhan, well, the hour really has some magic in it
Posted by Harshvardhan on June 04, 2013
Thanks very useful! Since i love to take shots at that hour of day the information provided by you is very handy!
Posted by Suebmtl on June 03, 2013
Wonderful photographs and great advise.
Posted by Suyerry on June 03, 2013
Beautiful, thanks for sharing!
Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 03, 2013
Hey! Thanks everyone :) glad u found them useful :)
Posted by Rosariomanzo on June 03, 2013
Awesome images and valuable infos, thanks for sharing
Posted by Infokus408 on June 02, 2013
great photos! and info. thanks for sharing.
Posted by Famed01 on June 02, 2013
Lovely pics!!!
Posted by Kezza53 on June 02, 2013
Beautiful images Mangalika....and thanks for sharing the info as well :)
Posted by Freedomsfolio on June 01, 2013
Glad you all liked them :)
If u have anything to share related to this topic u r most welcome to share them friends! :)
Posted by Jdanne on June 01, 2013
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! Nice photos!
Posted by Miraclemoments on June 01, 2013
Lovely blue hour shots...well done.
Posted by Jackbluee on June 01, 2013
Very beautiful images. Thank you for your ideas.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on June 01, 2013
Very nice images with great advice! Thank you:)
Posted by FabioConcetta on June 01, 2013
Amazing series of pictures, well done Mangalika!
Posted by Lenutaidi on June 01, 2013
Beautiful images!Thank you for sharing!
Posted by Freedomsfolio on May 31, 2013
Thanks all my friends :)
BTW why am I not able to see my own blog in the list of blogs :( It is totally disappeared !
Posted by Mike2focus on May 31, 2013
Thanks for writing. Pretty photos!
Posted by Amdizdarevic on May 31, 2013
These are really beautiful images. Usually when I edit, I tend to go toward blue a lot more than the other colors.
Posted by Alerizzo78 on May 31, 2013
Very beautiful pics!
And thanks for all the precious info! :)

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