Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twilight Sings the Blues

I just love the blue hour, its captivating rich colour and its ethereal glow. We are perhaps less familiar with its beauty because it is a fleeting light, never the same from one minute to the next. In eastern North America during the winter months it can last for just over one hour. As we near the poles it can last for weeks.
Twilight is the time between dawn and sunrise or between sunset and dusk. During twilight the sun is below the horizon and natural light is provided by the upper atmosphere, redirecting sunlight back towards the earth's surface.

The Battery Blues The Batttery Blues

I have been practicing night time photography for many years but it’s only in the last few that I’ve began to appreciate the twilight. One of the great things I’ve noticed is that there is a period of time where there is an equal balance of exposure between the natural light and "domestic lighting". What I mean by "domestic lighting" is the light emanating from households, buildings or street lighting. The period when the exposure is relatively equal is during the late morning or early evening twilight and will only last 10 minutes or so depending on the time of year.

Twilight Sings the Blues Twilight Sings the Blues

I had the idea for “Twilight Sings the Blues” while out on a photo hike, humming a blues tune and being captivated by the twilight. My model was unable to make it so it became a self-portrait.

And you don’t have to include the sky to appreciate those magnificent blue hues, during twilight they shine all around you as you can see here…………

Rhythm and Blues Rhythm and Blues
I should add I used a polarizer to deepen the blues in this image.

Yeah,  Twilight does indeed sing the Blues! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I've recently discovered and photographed twilights "blue hour" myself, and it can allow for some amazing colours along with deep rich blue hues. However, balancing the natural light with the urban glow still challenges me. Great blog and inspiration.

  2. Thanks Dion. Twilight photography is a very unique area to peruse. You don't see a lot of it around. Add to that the creative possibilities and the fun begins!

  3. Really nice as always. Great tip. I should get in more twilight shots myself.


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