We photographers live for the golden hours. That is the time just before and after sunrise and sunset when the world is illuminated with beautiful gold, yellow and red hues. I am also becoming a big fan of another time that is called the blue hour. This is the twilight time between darkness and the golden hours where the light is a deep blue color. It is a very special time in the evening when day fades into night, and in the morning, when night begins to become the day. I find the Blue Hours to be a very quiet and peaceful time to be outside.
The Blue Hours are also a tough time to photograph. We photographers record light and there really isn’t a lot of it around at that time. Still, a willingness to explore these magical hours can yield some wonderful results.
How I did It – Listen to your inner photographer. Usually my photographs of a moon rise are the product of careful planning. Not this one. One Friday afternoon, my wife and I happened to run into some friends and we were having a great time catching up. All of a sudden a little voice in my head told me to leave, so I did. While I was driving home the full moon rose. I wasn’t even aware there was a full moon, let alone that it was rising at dusk which is such an ideal time. An image popped into my mind and I raced to that location just in time to capture it. We all have an inner voice, an inner photographer, that it pays to listen to it once in a while.