Challenge #26 - May 2009 - "The Blue Hour" is now open!
The Theme for this challenge is images taken during "the blue hour".
According to Wikepedia "the blue hour" comes from a French expression (l'heure bleue), which refers to twilight
, the period each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness
. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light at this time of day.
Soo...I would say - as a rule of thumb: this time is usually shortly after
sunset or shortly before
sunrise. This is not to be mixed up with "The Golden Hour" which is shortly before
sunset (typically that would mean sunsets) or shortly after sunrise. In other words: as long as you can see a sun in your image it is NOT the blue hour! Usually images shot during the blue hour have an intense dark blue sky.So no sunsets or night photography (where the sky is black) please!
Here are some perhaps useful links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_hour
look at the right hand side for examples (!)
And some images for inspiration:http://images.google.ca/images?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&hl=en&q=the+blue+hour&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=http://www.flickr.com/groups/horaazul/http://www.imagekind.com/community/groups/grouphome.aspx?gid=389
A maximum of 4 entries per forum member are allowed and should be posted in this thread.
Maximum image size is 800 pixels on the longer side, and 200 KB in size - entries larger than this will not be considered for shortlisting (contributors will be asked to repost).
Entries close at 10.00 pm on May 31st PDT (= UTC/GMT -8)
Including EXIF info (shutter speed, aperture, focal length, camera model, lens, etc) is not mandatory but is encouraged and welcomed.
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Here is an example one of my "blue hour shots":