The blue hour is not as popular as the golden hour for seasoned photographers. I don’t know why. It could be that the color of the golden hours is more appealing to the human eye. Anyway, the blue hour is a photography option, and for those who prefer to wake up early in the morning and set up their camera to capture this magic moment let me explain what it is.
The Blue Hour can best be described as dawn or dusk. This is when the sun’s rays begin to be reflected by the Earth and only slowly starting to seep in.
During this time, the clouds and sky are typically extra blue. The light is softest during this time because of the fact that the only light available from the sun is completely indirect. For some professional photographers, this is the best timing to take pictures.
Below was the timing of the Blue Hour in Panama City, Panama on Monday, April 13, 2015 UTC-5.0
- Morning Blue Hour: 05:30 – 05:57 a.m./Sunrise 06:09 a.m.
- Night Blue Hour: 18:40 – 19:08 p.m./Sunset 18:28 p.m
Shortly after the Blue Hour, the sky loses its blue tint and you will be able to appreciate the first lights of the sun. It is the beginning of a new day. The view is magnificent at this time of day. It is the beginning of the Golden Hour. It is my favorite time of day to take pictures. But that is a story for another day. Meanwhile enjoy a Blue Hour in Panama.