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The Blue Hour

Nicolas Alexander Otto encourages you to get up a little earlier, or stay a little later, in order to reap the many rewards of the magical blue hour

Over the years I have increasingly grown to prefer shooting the blue rather than the golden hour. It is the time after the sun has set and the sky is coloured in intensive blue light and often, depending on the cloud coverage, the landscape as well. Many photographers prefer the warm light of the golden hour just before the sun dips beneath the horizon, but here for your consideration I have gathered some reasons why you should also consider shooting during the blue hour instead of picking up your camera and leaving!

It is less busy
This is the first thing that comes to mind for many photographers, but I can’t stress it enough. I often find myself – especially in the evening – at a spot I have been aching to shoot during a sunset and there are still people around. They tend to walk by, distracting me from my composition, walking through my composition or, depending on the size of the spot I might be standing in, even bumping into me – this has indeed happened. Suddenly, after the sun has vanished, most people tend to…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 60 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Alex Otto

Nicolas Alexander Otto is a young landscape photographer based in Germany. Starting out back in 2008, what once was a sporadic past time has slowly become a semi-professional part time job.

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