Here are some facts about this Blue Hour phenomenon:
- It is not an hour long but more like 15 to 25 minutes.
- Happens twice a day. Once before sunrise and after sunset.
- Best seen 90 degrees from the Sun’s location.
- Occurs no matter the weather.
The last one is something I had to prove to myself. The night after I read that it was cloudy. I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed out to a nearby pond. There, as I listened to the Spring peepers, ducks and geese who live there, I started taking photos every few minutes. For the first few photos, I got the dirty gray sky I could see. The later it got the more I wondered if the blue would come. Forty-seven minutes after sunset, I took this photo clearly showing what I had read was true. Clouds, fog, rain or snow does not stop Blue Hour.
Because of the trees, I was not shooting at a 90 degree angle from the Sun’s location which you can see on the far right side of the frame. This photo does show you the blue graduation from the Sun in the west torwards the east.
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