While loving night photography, one of my favorite moment to take photos is the blue hour.
The blue hour is a time period of about one hour, just after the sunset. During this time period, and depending of the sky, the light becomes blue-ish and the colors get warmer.
Taking pictures in the blue hour is particular. The light is very low, so it’s good to have a tripod or something to stand your DSLR (like a bean bag and a wall….). The goal is, when you can, to narrow the aperture (it means a higher f number), and then compensate with a longer shutter speed. I always take my blue hour’s pictures with a f number between 16 and 22 when possible, and a shutter speed between 15 and 90 secondes. If I can’t use my tripod, then I use more wide apperture (about f/4.5 or f/5.6) with a shutter speed under 1 seconde (but you must be very steady even for that).
You can see some exemples below (navigate by clicking on the arrows on each side) :
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