The Blue Hour

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.

Photograph of the skyline of Panama City, Panama during a blue hour. Notice that everything looks blue before the early lights emerge at daybreak. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Good Day!


3 thoughts on “The Blue Hour”

    1. Hi Barbara,

      It’s so nice to take pictures early in the morning. Everything is so quiet and the blue tinted lights are just perfect. It was a memorable experience to be out there taking pictures of the metropolis fast asleep.



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