Sunset and Blue Hour Photography - Technique and Choosing a Location
This is my dilemma with photographing sunsets and blue hour. I am completely addicted to it! I love watching the sun set, I love it when a beautiful 'after burn' turns clouds into orange/pink/red gorgeousness and I love the stillness that comes over the city as blue hour ( well maybe 'blue 10 minutes' here in SG ) arrives and the city lights are switched on.
When I am at home and see the beautiful golden light streaming into our lounge room, I feel quite sad and anxious that I am not out there shooting one of nature's most beautiful displays. Told you I was addicted.
Each one is different and it is difficult to predict which one will be amazing. So I try to head out as often as I can. If I am blessed with a breathtaking sunset while out and about with my camera, I truly feel grateful to be capturing such beauty. I don't think I will ever grow tired of shooting at this time of the day.
Luckily we are moving to a different house soon and the lounge room view will no longer feature an uninterrupted view of the setting sun. Even my boys have started saying - " Don't look Mama" and " Shall we close the curtains". Rest assured we are not moving for this reason, but I think the family will feel a sense of relief too :)
Here is one of those sunsets I watched from our lounge room window.......
This kind of photography is actually quite simple as long as you follow a few steps and turn you camera to M shooting mode.
Here is my 'recipe':
Here are my favourite locations in Singapore for sunset/blue hour shots
GARDENS BY THE BAY EAST
MARINA BAY - there are so many different perspectives all around the bay. You will need about 10 evenings to cover them all!
note the sun as a starburst ;) Sometimes you get very lucky too!!
GARDENS BY THE BAY - especially this spot at the Water Lily pond
SINGAPORE RIVER - so many locations up and down the river
Can you see the trail lights in this shot?
ANY ROOF TOP OR AWESOME BALCONY
ANY NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT IS DEAR TO YOU WILL LOOK MAGICAL DURING BLUE HOUR :)
AND DON'T FORGET NATURE! Reservoirs, lakes, fields and forests take on a new life during this wonderful time of the day
So are you feeling the urge to head out tonight?? It's Friday - why not plan an outing this weekend? Let me know how you got on.
Have a great weekend
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