Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2015

Blue hour photography

Regiswindiskirche / Regiswindis church in the old town of Lauffen, December 2015

Wikipedia: "The blue hour is the period of twighlight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists."

Although the wikipedia article is talking about a 40 minutes period of the "blue hour", in my opinion it's just a 10 minutes "tunnel" to hit the best ratio of background and foreground contrast.

In my second photo of the Regiswindis church the light was still much too bright - therefore the contrasts are much to "hard".

So: when is the perfect moment for the best blue hour shot???

You have to try out! Start early enough with your first photo (of course you MUST use a tripod!), later you'll realize that it's already much to dark to continue.  

Somewhen in the intervening time is the perfect moment for the best shot(s).

Lauffen town hall - parts of it used to be an old castle out of the 11th century - with illuminated Christmas tree in the evening hours.


 The old historic fountain in front of the Lauffen town hall - and the reflections of Christmas lights in the water surface of the well.

That's not longer a blue hour photograph...
...the sky is much too dark already.

A pleasant and peaceful 2nd Advent to all of you!


  1. Wow! The first and second photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I enjoyed your Christmas photo collection very much. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonym7/12/15

    Wirklich sehr gelungen, es gefällt mir gut wie du die Spiegelungen mit eingebunden hast.
    Heute scheint hier endlich wieder einmal die Sonne :-)
    Ich wünsche dir noch eine lichtvolle Adventszeit,
    liebe Grüße von der Insel, Patricia

  3. Wenn der Tag zögernd zu Ende geht und Sterne herrlich schimmern (schüchternes himmeln), wird klar: herrlich währt leider nicht am längsten...

  4. So pretty! Very nice photography - you caught some great shots!
    Thanks for linking up at

  5. Beautiful lights and blue sky!!!

  6. really beautiful set of photos.

  7. Dear Uwe - How mysteriously blue, how magically beautiful! I haven’t known about “blue hour”.Your photo skills based on your experiences must have enabled these fantastic captures. As for myself, I guess blue hour would pass by relentlessly while I am struggling with the setting of the camera. Have a nice week.


  8. You have caught the essence of the blue hour. Beautiful!

  9. WAU! Great pictures, so beautiful!:)

  10. I like the first shot of the tree from the lower perspective, nice job.

  11. Hallo Uwe!! Wow. Was für ein schöner blauer Himmel!!!Schöne Fotos. Parabéns !!!
    Man muss sehr schnell sein zu dies 40 Minuten das blaue Licht zu nutzen. Wahnsinn !
    Danke für den Kommentar auf meinem Blog über den Weihnachtsmarkt. Er bezauberte mich. Die Deutsche Weihnachtsmärkte sind die besten! Gefällt mir sehr.
    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz e uma boa semana!!

  12. Wonderful blues in your photos! We've had wet and windy weather recently and I have taken almost no photos at all. So if I want to post something I really have to dig in my archives. :-)

  13. These are gorgeous! Love the colors!

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  15. So, beautiful pictures!

  16. I love your blue moments! Beautiful!

  17. Amazing photos, my friend!
    I will go after the treasure blue hour myself!
    Knowing I wont get 10% of what you showed, but its worth the try!

  18. These are fantastic photos! Love the blue blue sky!

  19. Such a pretty time of day. I love the Christmas tree, simple and sparkly.

  20. These are really cool images you have, that's very inspiring for me as an amateur photographer, seems like im gonna be learning a lot from you

  21. Great series .... love the deep blue sky and the lights. Such a gorgeous building, great for blue hour captures :)

  22. Anonym13/12/15

    Really nice shots. How beautiful with the lights and reflections in the water.

  23. Our blue hours are not nearly as pretty as Germanys. I think it is because you are higher up in the hemisphere. Your second shot is gorgeous. I am so happy to have you back at Life Thru the Lens Uwe. ~ Lisa at #LTTL