Dusk is one of my favorite working hours. The blues are powerful yet quiet. Other colors just seem to pop in the sky. Whatever light left in the sky glows.
It’s nature at her best. It’s a time in the day when the worries and stress of the daylight hours seem to melt away. In addition to being a time when I like to work, it is a favorite of many photographers.
Most of us start our end of the day work during early golden hour and continue on into the night, stopping when there is no reflective light in the sky. When the sky is black, unless you are in a pre-planned location with a tripod, the scene is usually too dark.
Working during the blue hour helps out in other ways. It adds mystery. It adds subtleness. It hides location problems that couldn’t be solved by moving to another shooting spot.
There was a time in my career that I made my living with blue hour pictures, with or without motion. Those days seem so long ago and far away that I wonder if I’ll ever get back to them.
In fact, I wonder if I’ll ever make much money from my photo career. The business isn’t on sound footing anymore. There are many reasons for this. Start with CoVid-19 and work back from there. Too many people are taking pictures for not enough money. I still have my corporate clients and once they are sure that advertising or marketing makes sense after this long layoff, I might find a little work. Who knows?
And, so it goes.
Orange and blue. Two very good contrasting colors that seem to always compliment each other. The colors of the New York Mets, which doesn’t matter to me because I follow the other New York baseball team.
Even though I was able to make this picture in the field, it needed some help in post production. Well, a lot of help. You can see that in he tree where the green bleeds into the blue of the sky.
Oh well. That’ll happen sometimes.
I mostly like the picture because it proves I can still see as the light gets lower and lower and…
You know what I wrote in the left hand column about low dusk light hiding imperfections? It also hides a lot of detail from me. Sometimes, I just make pictures because I think I know what’s there.
And, so that goes too.