Illumination – the Blue Hour

Tampa at NightThe so called “Blue Hour” is probably the best time of day to photograph cityscapes.

The blue hour is that short period of time after the sun has set but the western sky is still slightly illuminated. Combine the soft glow of the night sky with city lights and reflect it all on water makes for an interesting city skyline photo.

Here are two images of downtown Tampa, Florida along the Hillsborough River.

Tampa at NightFor more Illuminating photos click here.




Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Gorgeous! I must remember this if I am EVER near a city skyline. Thank you.

  2. Wow, Ron! Beautiful illumination!

    1. Thanks for you comment and thanks for visiting.

  3. Super!

    Great captures of the city.

    Love the lights under the bridge and the color of the sky? Beautiful 😉

  4. I agree, it is a lovely time of the day to take photos!!

    1. Indeed, but I am seldom around city lights.

  5. Love all of your photos. And I completely agree about the blue hour, the last pic is spectacular.

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