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.
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:
Capture The Characteristic Of The Building:
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Try Wide Angle Shots:
Try Unique Perspectives:
Look For Visually Appealing Reflections:
Capture Interesting Silhouettes:
Use People To Tell A Story:
Include Light Trails:
Want to See How a Pro Gets Blue Hour Shots Like These?
Gorgeous blue hour photographs are within reach of almost any photographer who dedicates themselves to learning some basics that are fundamental to blue hour shooting.
If you would like to learn more about how to get shots like these, then we strongly recommend you take a look at our upcoming blue hour photography series (in video) that will be launched soon.