Blue Hour Outing Date: November 30, 2019 (according to the Blue Hour Calculator Sunset 16:45, Blue hour from 17:04 – 17:45) Location: Sam Lawrence Park, Hamilton (very close the the intersection of Concession St. and Highcliffe Avenue) Time: Plan to arrive by 16:30 (4:30 pm) this will give you time to get setup before Blue Hour Technically Blue Hour lasts for 60 minutes and starts half hour before Sunset and ends 20 – 30 minutes after the sun drops below the horizon. The colour blue in the sky during the Blue Hour is quite intense. Below are some tips for shooting at Blue Hour o capture the magic of the blue hour in your photos, try following these guidelines:
- Plan ahead. The blue hour is short—too short to start fiddling with your equipment and settings when the light is just right. Make yourself familiar with the destination and turn up with some ideas of the subjects and angles you wish to capture.
- Adjust to light levels. Light levels are low, so, depending on your aperture, you may need a higher ISO setting than during normal daylight hours.
- Use a wide aperture. Using a wide aperture during the blue hour will make lights, such as street lamps or fairy lights, soft and magical.
- Or use a small aperture. A small aperture and a tripod will allow you to capture all the details in a landscape. Play around to find the best combination. High ISO settings can add grainy “noise” to the image.
- Use a tripod. A tripod and a slow shutter speed will help you to capture warm light from your surroundings against the contrast of the darkening blue sky.
- Try the flash. To highlight a subject in the image, you can use a flash. Expose for the skies behind and aim your flash at your subject.
- Shoot in raw. If you are using a DSLR or another type of advanced camera, shoot your images in RAW or TIFF format. Processing the image after will let you enhance the cold colors of the blue hour. The largest version of a JPEG also allows for some editing.
- Play around. Experiment with apertures, flash, and shutter speeds. Your memory card is the limit.