There’s something magical about the hour between sunset and last light – the “Blue Hour.” It’s just so calming and peaceful – and can be tricky to photograph. But so worth it to see the house in another light.

Week 12 : Twilight & The Blue Hour

Show Us Your House as the Day Retires

Here’s a great article about taking photographs in the different phases of the sunset and sunrise. I actually always thought that the blue hour was only at night – but it’s actually in the morning, too! From the article :

During the blue hour the sky has a deep blue hue with a cold color temperature and saturated colors. At the beginning (evening) and at the end (morning), a gradient of colors, from blue to orange, can be seen right in the place of sunset and sunrise.

In the cities, buildings are still lit and streetlights on, making it an ideal time for urban and city photography. It’s also ideal for landscape photography because of the different shades of the sky and color saturation.

In the evening, the blue hour coincides with the end of the civil twilight, just after the golden hour. In the morning, it coincides with the initial part of the civil twilight, occurring just before the golden hour.

I ended up taking pictures at a few different times.

The first was right when the sun went down. And it was an overcast day, so I was pretty confident I’d have to redo the shots, anyway. If you have a weather app (I use weather underground) it should tell you when the exact sunset is for each day, to use as a guideline.

About 10 minutes later….

And another 10. Zero editing to this shot!

After about another 5 minutes, it was really perfect. And BLUE. I want to do this again on a really clear day, as well. It’s also snowing AS WE SPEAK, so I may try to add a few more pictures when the sun goes down tonight.

I love the tree branches.


I love the strong roofline against the sky.


I’m hoping to add a few more pictures in tonight if the weather and sky color cooperate!


Photo Challenge Info: 

If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag  #52weeksofhome 

You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek12 (etc.)

Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week : 

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