Blue hour is a brief period of time during what is more commonly known as The Golden Hour, or Magic Hour. Specifically, the time when the sun is between 10º and 14º above or below the horizon. When the sun is between these points, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light, thus reducing the lighting ratio. Tweaking of in camera settings and/or the use of filters can exacerbate or reduce this effect.

Sunset on The Potomac River from St. George Island in southern Md., USA.

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  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    Would love your work in our group Vavoom, come see

  • On my way, thanks.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 2 years ago

    WOW absolutely stunning!!! Well captured, I love it!! :)))))))))))))

  • Appreciate your support and kind words, Vicki. Cheers.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 2 years ago

    Fantastic shot, great golden hour sky.

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, Joe!

  • maggie44
    maggie44over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work with some interesting facts:)

  • michelle meenawong
    michelle meena...over 2 years ago

    brilliant one, congrats

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    July 8, 2012
    Please submit all six of the works that receive this banner on the same day to assure acceptance in the group as I do moderation in groups of six images by member!

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Featured 9-7-12 – Suzanne (Group Host)

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 2 years ago

    A great shot, Joe, and I really appreciate your informative description! ~ Pat

  • Redrose10
    Redrose10over 2 years ago

    Simply Fabulous, Joe !!! :))

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