UNDERSTANDING BLUE HOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Another important concept to understand when you embark upon the journey of a landscape photographer is the blue hour photography. Apart from daytime and golden hours, blue hour photography also plays an important role in making your landscape images magical. This section will discuss what the blue hour photography really is and why you should capture blue hour landscapes.
The sky has a deep blue color during the blue hour. The blue hour can be more clearly defined as the time period when the sky changes color from black, to dark blue, and then blue or the other way round. Therefore, the blue hour begins at the as soon as the evening begins, that is, as soon as the golden hour of the sunset ends. Conversely, in the morning, the blue hour begins during the first part of the civil twilight, i.e. just before the sunrise golden hour. The blue hour is an ideal time to capture the moon along with the landscapes. The season and the geographical location will help you determine the length of the blue hour. The time duration during which the sky retains a lustrous deep bluish hue ranges from forty minutes to an hour.
The best feature about blue hour photography is that the sky look enthralling and it the ideal time to capture the cloud movements. The blue hour landscapes are dynamic as the shutter speeds are slow and the exposures are longer, which has the tendency to capture the motion perfectly. Most prolific photographers believe that the camera settings are much easier to fix during the blue hour as opposed to the ones set for the daytime images.
Because of the fact that the exposure time is long for the blue hour photography, a tripod is a must tool for capturing the landscapes. Wide-angle lens would help in framing and composing the blue hour landscapes better. Since darkness will be spreading swiftly, you must carry a flashlight around so that you can scout the land properly. A remote shutter release will also prove to be a handy tool for blue hour landscapes, as it will help in the prevention of camera shaking.