40 Inspiring Examples of Blue Hour Photography

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While many of you photographers have heard of the golden hours – that short time immediately after sunrise and before sunset where the light is incredible for photography – there is another time that creates a surreal environment with natural light.

Instead of giving you high-contrast scenes bathed in golden tones, the blue hours provide you with this fantastic overcast lighting across your scene – giving you deep saturation of colors and great detail. The time just before sunrise or after sunset – also known as twilight – gives off a blue/purple hue that is truly unique. Combine this with a strong composition, and you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful blue hour images.

Below is our collection of some of the best blue hour photos from around the world.

midlander1231
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Matthew Stewart
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Stefan Mendelsohn
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Trey Ratcliff
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PHOTOGRAPHER
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Jason Samfield
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Mike Behnken
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joiseyshowaa
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Ali Nishan
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Christopher Chan
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vonSchnauzer
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Will Montague
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Debasis ~~
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William Cho
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Syed Abulhasan Rizvi
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Garry
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Trey Ratcliff
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Today is a good day
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QQ Li
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PHOTOGRAPHER
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Garry
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Annadriel
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Justin Kern
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John Ryan
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Garry
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Matthew Kirkland
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Trey Ratcliff
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Martin Sojka
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Sergio Tudela Romero
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Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel
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Garry
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Garry
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Martyn Steiner
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Justin Kern
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Mr eNil
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Justin Kern
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TJ Jeffrey
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jaeming
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Jeffrey Pang
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Paul Hocksenar
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Trent Strohm
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13 Responses

  1. David says:

    Magnificent collection of photos! The color is most of these is amazing. Great post!

  2. bryan says:

    great shots i like treys the best

  3. Lara White says:

    wow, these images are just so inspiring. delicious!

    Lara White

  4. Ben says:

    Nice images but I was taught that the Golden Hour is an hour after sunset or before sunrise. Anybody else have thoughts on that? Thanks for putting these together.

  5. Pascal says:

    @ben golden hour is before sunset and after sunrise (when you see the golden color of the sun, hence the name gold hour), blue hour is after sunset and before sunrise when the sun is not visible but you can still see it’s glow given this dark blue colors.

  6. TJ Jeffrey says:

    Whoa, just discovered one of my photos is in this list with some absolutely amazing photos. What an honour, thanks dude!

  7. dahszil says:

    As a professional and an amateur I lived for that hour prior to sunup and after sunset. Fill in lighting for a subject in the foreground must be balanced with the background sky. There is that enchanting balance between artificial lighting and sky light. the magic hour(or as the french call it the blue hour)is a must for your portfolio and even more so for your own mind, body and soul.

  8. This is just fascinating!!! So inspiring!!! The light is priceless here!! Lovely collection!

  9. Benjamin O. Vargas says:

    Your photos are so beautiful and inspiring!

  10. Alex says:

    Lovely set of images! Makes it worthwhile getting up early :)

  11. Paul Yahya says:

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!

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