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While many photographers appreciate shooting during the golden hour, where the sun is low compared to the horizon, giving a golden tone to images, equally many photographers tend to overlook the blue hour that comes immediately after it. Although there are precise ways you can calculate the blue hour period, as a general rule of thumb, the blue hour is the hour immediately after the sun dissapears from the horizon, akin to how the golden hour is the hour immediately before the sun sets.
The blue hour is the ideal time for night photography in general. Whether it is for nighttime street photography, city skylines, or architecture photography, the deep blue tones of the sky during the blue hour is a nice match with the warm, golden urban lights at night. The blue hour is also a great match for landscapes, with its vivid sky colors combined with foggy waves of water during long exposures.
Don’t understimate the blue hour. If you do, you’ll miss many of your best photography opportunities presented to you.