Blue Hour: Why I Keep Shooting Even After the Sun Goes Down

Blue Hour: Why I Keep Shooting Even After the Sun Goes Down

If you haven't noticed by all the photos, I only schedule my sessions at sunset. Well, or sunrise, but for some crazy reason I can't anyone to go for that one. ;-) I am OBSESSED with all that yummy golden goodness and the way it elevates a picture from good to pure magic--at least in my humble opinion. :-) BUT there is another reason I am so in love with sunset, and that is the point where the sun actually goes down. Yes, the very point where you would think should be time to put the camera away is the moment I start shooting like a crazy lady! It is known by photographers as "blue hour" and it is those minutes where the entire earth is washed in soft beauty. The amount of time it last depends on where you are shooting at. For example, when I shoot in the hills I may have a good 30 minutes of it, since although still out, the sun is fully blocked. At wide open beaches it only lasts about ten minutes. But oh it is my favorite ten minutes of the entire day, hence the crazy lady act--I have a very short time to get as much as I possibly can! What I would give to get an actual 'hour' out of this 'blue!'

And since a picture is worth a thousand words I will let them explain this much better than I can... 

These first few pics are still "golden hour," with the sun obviously still shining, although just about ready to dip below the horizon.  

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Sun is dippppppppiiiinng... 

Sun is dippppppppiiiinng... 

And now down. Welcome, blue hour goodness!! Notice there is still such a warm glow all around, but no harsh light to be seen. 

And now down. Welcome, blue hour goodness!! Notice there is still such a warm glow all around, but no harsh light to be seen. 

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Hello moon! 

Hello moon! 

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And THAT is a wrap. ;-) 

And THAT is a wrap. ;-) 

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