“The blue hour” refers to the time of twilight each morning and evening when there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. This time is a fantastic choice for the nature photographers as the sky at this time looks perfectly beautiful. Besides this time also has some other special connotations. For example according to an Islamic legend the twilight time of the morning is one of the times of heaven and this is the reason, they say, that he who is unable to sleep throughout the night is able to sleep at this part of the morning.

It is an established fact that nature has always inspired art. And this small piece of nature, namely the blue hour, has inspired many artistic features. For example in 2007, a movie starring Alyssa Milano was released which had the title The Blue Hour.

If you are a photographer and are looking for a decent time to snap photos then the blue hour should be at least one of your choices. The image of the same thing when taken at noon, say, would be far much behind in beauty than when taken at the blue hour. Don’t believe me? Think again after watching the photography collection below.

Below I present you with 35 stunning blue hour photography examples.

1. Ramazan month at Charminar

One of the shot which i was really waiting to take for long time “Charminar at night”. and what could be better then taking in the holy month of Ramazan_Swarat Ghosh.

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2. Korean Bell of Friendship at Sunrise

This photo was taken on March 27, 2010 in Fort Macarthur, San Pedro, CA, US, using a DSLR-A900.

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3. The Beating Hearts of the Buddha’s

The morning fog coming off the top of the jungle trees was not like anything I had seen before. There was just enough morning light to give everything a twilight blue and paint the mountains in the distance a deeper color.

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4. Ponte Sant-Rome, Italy

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5. Serenity – (Levanto, Italy)

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6. Spring Mist

A dawn mist fills the valley near the village of Godolphin Cross in West Cornwall.

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7. Bonsai twilight

This photo was taken on October 6, 2010 using a Nikon D700.

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8. Clouds and Rocks

Photo by: Abdulhameed Shamandour, Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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9. Ocean Road

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10. Blue

Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II, With Focal Length 19mm and Shutter Speed 20 sec.

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11. Baltic Blue

Dawn over the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki harbor.

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12. Blue and Gold

Resting on a small island in Loch Duich on Scotland’s west cost, a floodlit Eilean Donan Castle literally glows during the blue hour of twilight.

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13. Twilight at the Pier

Exploring blue hour Endless boundaries of photography, Learning to see light. As photographers, we are always translating the way we sees light into the way a camera sees it. Cameras sees color and contrast in a tighter range then we see it. During Blue hour (Twilight) Amping color and contrast is exactly what we want our camera to do.

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14. St Paul’s Sunset

Shot with Canon EOS 500D, with Focal Length 18mm and Shutter Speed 100/599 sec.

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15. Jordan Pond Profile

Taken at dusk at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. I lit the rock in the foreground with an incandescent flashlight as a counterpoint to this blue-hour image.

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16. Pirgo by Night

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17. The Queenstown Lookout – (New Zealand)

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18. Mist over Deadvlei

This morning was like no other I had experienced in Sossusvlei. Heavy clouds of fog blanketed themselves over the usually illuminated dunes and the ground was as wet as if a storm had just past. I made my way as quickly as possible, trudging through wet sand and fog. After the sharp short climb over the last dune I was amazed to find Deadvlei completely covered in fog_Ben.

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19. Autumn Forest

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20. Ebb Tide

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21. Eternity

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22. Joy Land

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23. Fisherman on the Li River

A cormorant fisherman sets off up the Lijiang River, Yangzhou, Guilin, China.

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24. Blue Hour Mont St Michel

Le Mont St Michel, Normandie.

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25. Bridges and blue hour

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26. Moon Light

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27. Awakening

Early morning fog and moon at Lilienstein and Königstein mesa, National Park Saxony Switzerland, Saxony, Germany.

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28. Vikingsholm dock

Paul Simon may have sung proudly about his Nikon camera and his Kodachrome, but those greens he mentioned, well they were really and truly the domain of Velvia. For me, Velvia 50 was the end-all-be-all of film for landscape photography.

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29. The Golden Temple At Blue Hour

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30. Portland

Aalborg Portland cement factory, is truly one of my favorite night motifs. This is shot on a bright summer night.

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31. Reflections Of The Past – (Beijing, China)

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32. Sunset Bay at Blue Hour

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33. Blue hour

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34. Blue Hour in Kuala Lumpur

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35. Dancing Fairies

The strong wind was blowing when I took the photo. The wind brought the Elowah Falls to drop on different areas of rocks at the bottom of the falls, making different patterns and images. I used a slow shutter speed to capture the silky falls. I took a lot of photos here with the falls hitting on different rocks at the bottom.

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I hope these images would have both fascinated and entertained you. Let me know in the comments below what do you think about the above collection.