“The thing, whatever it was – and no one was ever sure afterwards whether it was a dream or a fit or what – happened at that peculiar hour before dawn when human vitality is at its lowest ebb. The Blue Hour they sometimes call it, l’heure bleue – the ribbon of darkness between the false dawn and the true, always blacker than all the rest of the night has been before it.”
What and when is the Blue Hour?
A bit of a misnomer, as it is actually not an hour long – it is the time before sunrise and after sunset, neither full day nor full night, where blue becomes the predominant color hue of the skies and the light that falls onto the earth. It is known for its quality of light, and has long been the object of color photographers who are looking to capture that atmospheric and magical moment. Martin Barnes, a curator of an exhibit in London in 2006 based on twilight
writes “The magic moment of twilight […] is an area of contemporary art where emotion and romanticism still have great currency.”
Dust off your tripods, bring out your cameras and enter the desert land and cityscapes ready to capture the Blue Hour. Just keep in mind, that, when it comes to photographing this particular subject matter, it is all about timing. There is no limit as to what you can photograph (portraits, landscapes, flora, cities, etc) with the exception of the time of day – in this case you have two options.
Here are some examples to whet your appetite by photographer Floris van Breugel who has photographed our nearby desert in the twilight hour extensively.
LIMIT THREE IMAGES PER ENTRANT.
All images must be in JPEG format, RGB or Grayscale mode, 72ppi. Images and captions may not include watermarks, text, logos, borders or other identifying marks. Color space should be sRGB.
The longer side of your image must be 1200 pixels. The shorter side may be any size up to and including 1200 pixels.
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