Beautiful Blue Hour

As I mentioned last week, I am taking Kent Weakley‘s Night Photography classes. One of the focuses of the first class is shooting the moon; the other focus is capturing “blue hour”.

Blue hour is that magical time after sunset when the last bit of light dances over the earth before being chased away by the blackness of night. What I find so amazing about blue hour is not only the rich color, but also the intensity of it, which is captured better by a camera than the human eye.

Once again, I am seeing that good photos are not simply taken; they are made.

To best capture blue hour, you need a well-lit subject and perfect timing. The cool thing about the perfect timing part is there’s an app for that. Well, the app can’t make perfect timing; but it can tell you the perfect time to get blue hour photographs any given day, anywhere in the world. It is the coolest photography thing since the remote shutter release. Which is way better than sliced bread; I mean, what good would that do you when making pictures?

Anywho. Onward with the pics.

First, let me tell you what a difference a week makes. Last week, I was a frozen popsicle. This week I threw on a light spring jacket and my flip-flops. Can you feel how happy I was?!

I didn’t have time to travel very far. Fortunately, the best well-lit building in town happens to be my own church. Extra special indeed. The only drawback is that there are thick power lines right in front of it. So I had to get up nice and close and just shoot up.

I love the contrast of the orangey-brown brick against the deep blue sky, and the way the white trim pops.

Oh, how I love blue hour. I can’t wait to capture it again.

In hope,

Sweet Shot Day

Among a number of  ”wannabe” wishes, I would love to be a photographer. Not a pro. Just a decent amateur. This year
I’m am being more intentional about making that a reality. Linking up Darcy is one way to share my photomaking journey.



About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. Shelli – what a great job you did! How cool that the best light was at a place so near to your heart and your home!

  2. deb says

    Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for the information. I’ve never even heard of blue hour. I will be checking out that app.

  3. Melissa says

    I love that first one! Just beautiful.

  4. Susan says

    Oh how neat. Love the angle’s…

  5. Pamela says

    Your photos are stunning! Orange and blue are complementary colors on the color wheel. That’s why the orange-y brick looks so good next to the blue sky.