The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.
– Haruki Murakami, Dance, Dance, Dance
The first time I ever heard of the blue hour was through my friend Randall. In photography there are two blue hours in the day: approximately one hour before dawn and one hour before sunset. I’m not sure if it literally means that the sky will turn an amazing shade of blue in the photos during these moments. I think it is so, and that you can also play with the light to create stunning effects in the colours.
I had been wanting to go out to try and see if I could capture this blue hour. This evening I had a bit of time to spare so I went out to do the experiment. I think I possibly found some positive results. They are nowhere near as dramatic as his photos, so for truly bewitching blue hour photos please visit his post about the blue hour.
When I went out the sun was setting or had just set at that moment. The shots with the sky turned out a haunted grey, like so…
A few minutes later, as if by magic, the photos appeared with a royal blue sky.
Nearly one hour later – I think it was less – the blue turned into deeper shades of night.
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