Share your Golden Hour & Blue Hour Photos

Wasabi Bob

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I started wondering what qualities make a winning photo? After spending some time on National Geographic’s web site I realized that many of their photos were shot either during the photographers “golden hour” or “blue hour”. The golden hour occurs near sunrise and sunset, where the light is very close to the horizon. Typically, lighting is softer and warmer in hue and the shadows are longer. When the sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity. The sun's small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows.
b-roll.net | Golden Hour Calculator

Twilight Calculator - "Blue Hour / Golden Hour Table" | JeKoPhoto - Jens Kossmagk Photography | Event-, Natur- and Sport-Photos
The blue hour refers to the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. To photographers this time is considered special because of the quality of the light. To the eye the sky is a deep shade of blue, but to your camera the sensor usually picks up the sky in a special way. Bruce Dale, the well known National Geographic photographer once told me that it is during this time when he enjoys capturing some vintage neon sign photos.
http://www.bluehoursite.com/
I’ve included some links so you can easily determine your local golden and blue hours.
I thought it might be interesting to share some photo taken during these times.
I’ll begin by sharing two of my photos.

Tribute in Light 9/11 was taken on the evening of 9/11/2010 from Jersey City, NJ as the sun was setting. Golden Hour wasn’t even on my mind, but it later motivated me to try this again.

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One morning on the way into NYC I captured this morning’s Golden Hour

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Awesome shots, Bob! And thank you very much for the links.
The only shots I got are from my Canons: 300d and 40d, so as acknowledgement of my impertinence I'll post small images.

Blue

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Golden
These were actually shot by OM 200/5 on Canon 40d

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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasabi_bob/4988623936/" title="Tribute in Light 2010 - NYC by Wasabi Bob, on Flickr">
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That first one blows me away.
 

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HK has a short golden hour (probably 15 minutes) as the sun drops behind the cloud capping Lantau Island.

This shot is typical for an evening, tried the shadow white balance but cloud wb was closer to what my eye was seeing.

Virtually no PP.

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Coming home

Had the window seat on the red-eye flight back from Anchorage to Detroit...rare to have a window that was not all scratched-up....could just see the sliver of moon

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Golden Hour / GF1 / 20mm / Aperture 3

Surfside Beach South Carolina

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JudyM

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My favorite times of day. Thanks for starting this thread.

The first one was taken with an old point and shoot just after tropical storm Hannah blew through in 2008.

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This was from the Gf1, Topsail, NC.

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wildcat

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golden hour

Some stunning shots here so far. Nice HDR technique.

No HDR on this one, but it was specifically shot during the golden hour:

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BTW the bluehoursite seems right on, but the "Golden Hour Calculator" gives me some really strange results-- like sunrise a little before noon and sunset a little before 3 pm, which would be extreme for Rome even in late December
 

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Here are some blue hour photos plus one golden hour:


Parliament Hill, Ottawa

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City Hall, Thunder Bay

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Cityscape Moonscape

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Sunrise, Myrtle Beach, SC

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On the beach at 6:24 AM, just in time to catch three fishing boats in a kind of water ballet:

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