Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fireworks at the Blue Hour

According to widipedia, Blue Hour is "the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness." I've always wanted to try this on my own and I am always looking for a really good opportunity to do it. One opportunity came on July 1, when Princeton held its annual 4th-of-July-weekend fireworks. Since it's summer time, the night sky was not yet completely dark even after 8pm. I took that opportunity to make my own fireworks photos during the blue hour.

This is one of the shots I took during that event.

I would like to try some more blue hour photography in the future. I am hopeful that I get a chance to make some pictures of Princeton during the blue hour while the wife and I are still here.

[I am happy to say that one of the people who serves as inspiration is Yen Baet, a Filipino photographer who specializes in blue-hour photography. She won a National Geographic contest and she travels to different locations around the world to produce really beautiful photos, whether taken during the blue hour or at some other times.]

Photo made with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens. This was made at f/11, 8 seconds and ISO100. Want to know how to shoots fireworks? Check out my blog post here.


  1. Wow, I just checked Yen Baet's Flickr and they're all awesome shots. I'll follow her account :) Anyway, I should ask this on a different post about shooting fireworks but here goes, would you recommend shooting in burst mode in the absence of a remote control release?

  2. Hey Carl, use your camera's timer in lieu of a remote control so that you won't be holding the camera when the shot is taken. This will prevent camera shake. :)

  3. Great, thanks for the info! Planning to buy a tripod anytime soon. I'll experiment on the timer and the burst mode.



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