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Old Jan 8, 2011, 8:55 AM   #11
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Just to give folks an idea of the difference between the golden hour and the blue. I think we all know the golden hour, but here is a shot I took a couple of years ago which is right out of the camera. All I did was crop it, so the blue is a "true blue" and gives an idea of what we can find in the blue hour. PS since this was taken a long time ago it is not an entry into the challenge.


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Old Jan 8, 2011, 10:36 AM   #12
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I hope I got something worthy of posting. I went out today - probably the only chance I'll get this month with both my ladies away on business (my wife and my daughter I hasten to add) and I froze my proverbials off !

Blue Hour here was 17.24 to 17.57 but I was enjoying myself so much I ended up driving all over Shanghai and staying out until 22.30 !

In the link Patty gave there is another link so everyone can check their Blue Hours (now I know why it's called the Blue Hour - and it's got nothing to do with the colour of the shots and everything to do with the colour of various parts of my anatomy after the shoot) !

http://www.bluehoursite.com/

You have a lot to answer for Patty !
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 7:36 PM   #13
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Patty, I think we will all turn blue up here in New England trying to participate in this challenge. Maybe I will take a picture of my blue lips at the "blue hour" if they're not shivering to badly.

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Old Jan 8, 2011, 9:10 PM   #14
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I had a great time taking pictures of the sunset tonight. I started well before the blue hour, but wanted to capture the differences in light. It wasn't much of a sunset, but I got some nice sky pictures (what I was aiming for) and it was great fun. Forgot how cool the sky can look. Only problem was that as soon as the sun went behind the mountain the temperature dropped like a lead weight and I so I quit a bit early - couldn't control the shaking of my hands (and didn't feel like getting the tripod stuff out).

I'm still hoping to spend some time walking around early in the morning at work, to see if I can't get something worthy of this very fun challenge.
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Old Jan 9, 2011, 12:26 PM   #15
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Well, sounds like we might have a lot of blue people around here. But, we should get some stunning images to choose from.

I need to start thinking about what I'm going to try. Hmmm, the beach sounds nice. Except the temp, of course.

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Old Jan 9, 2011, 12:59 PM   #16
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So here is the one I picked - in 30 mins I was running to the 3 places I had chosen to shoot (luckily just in three different directions within 200 yds of the same spot) ! This is one of my favourite views of Shanghai even if very generic / iconic, but anyway here it is :

Although later that evening I was shooting at 30 secs this one was : 3s, 100 ISO, F11 @ 12mm



Also here is the Aperture 3 screenshot to show I didn't manipulate the blues - just hit auto in Curves the once !
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Old Jan 9, 2011, 5:59 PM   #17
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That's quite a shot, ff! My evening shoot didn't turn out - I have hopes for redeeming myself this week with morning walks.
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Here is my first attempt, BUT IT IS NOT MY ENTRY, it is an HDR example based on 5 frames that did not match up exactly so there is some ghosting. At least it will hold my place, this is what midday looks like north of the Arctic circle. This is pretty much what Photomatix gave me.

My January entry will be posted later.
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Well, it certainly is an iteresting challenge... I will see what I can come up with here in Finland.
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Great idea for a challenge - and already some great photos!
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