Photographer's Note

I have shared with you my secret on many occasions. If you want good light conditions for your blue hour photo, check the official sunset time and be there 30 minutes later. This is the moment in which, most of the time, the artificial light is in perfect balance with the lights of nature, which results in an extraordinary effect, which we call here the blue hour. There are many "buts" on top of that. If the weather is cloudy, the sky would be darker sooner and the blue hour will happen slightly earlier, and the sky may turn more purple than blue, which you can however adjust with the white balance setting. If the day is very bright with no clouds in the west at all, the blue hour may happen slightly later, and then also it will differ very much in which direction you shoot. Towards the sun the blue hour happens slightly later while in the east part of the sky the blue hour happens earlier. Also much depends on the intensity of the artificial light. If the illumination is very bright it is better to be there earlier, if there is low or no illumination the effect is better almost at the end of the blue hour time. The length of the blue hour time depends a lot on where you are. If you are south enough there is no blue hour, the higher north you get the longer it lasts but usually it lasts maximum about half an hour.
I discuss it on the occasion of this photo because unfortunately I was really late for this point of view here. Few moments before I took this photo from a slightly different POV:
but when I moved to this famous POV on the bridge (Lombardsbruecke) I realized that the lamppost is extremely bright and everything else was too dark in comparison with it already. If I could be just 10 minutes earlier the effect would be stunning and most likely I would not have the strange effects in the sky.

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