27 Inspiring Photos Of Architecture In The Blue Hour

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Most of the talk, when photographing outdoors in beautiful light, revolves around the golden hour, but the blue hour is a time when you can photograph cooler tones with contrasting warm tones if you are in the right location at the right time and get some of the most spectacular outdoor shots possible. The blue hour is a very short period of time, basically a few minutes each day and it varies with seasons, weather and atmospheric conditions.

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When you photograph during the blue hour, the elements in the scene are illuminated by a bluish purple hue and if there are artificial lights like city lights and lights from buildings, then this adds to the warm ambient light as well. The stark contrast in the warm and cool tones is what makes photographing architecture during the blue hour the most interesting, as the colours are complementary and create balance in the image.

Here are some architectural photos captured during the blue hour that can help inspire you to get out and shoot!

Shoot Closer And Explore The Details:

Shoot Minimal Frames:

Image by Patrick Humm

Capture The Characteristic Of The Building:

Image by Matt Nelson
Image by Julius Silver
Image by Florian Wehde

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Image by David Köhler

Try Wide Angle Shots:

Try Unique Perspectives:

Image by Simon Zhu
Image by Mark Dalton
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Image by Flo Dahm

Look For Visually Appealing Reflections:

Image by Filip Cop
Image by James Wheeler

Capture Interesting Silhouettes:

Image by Emre Kuzu

Use People To Tell A Story:

Image by Maxime Lebrun
Image by Aron Visuals

Include Light Trails:

Image by Skitterphoto
Image by zhang kaiyv

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Dahlia is a stock photographer and full time educator at Light Stalking. You can find her on Gurushots and see some of her more popular articles at The American Society of Media Photographers. Get to know her better here.

Absolutely amazing photography. Like no other. Unique and creative. It’s original, full of body, interest, captivating and comes alive with each blue shot telling it’s own mysteriously story. A pleasure to view. Thank you. XJanet.

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