While my main passion is portraits, I’ve noticed myself being drawn to night time landscape photography lately. It is so incredibly rewarding. While on a family trip to Sligo last weekend (visiting kiddies’ Irish grandparents), I couldn’t resist the temptation to take a few ‘blue hour’ (i.e. twilight) shots at the beautiful Standhill beach. Below are a few images from that evening.
If you’d like to try your hand at ‘blue hour’ photography, please head over to my previous post for 10 tips on camera settings and equipment to use for best results. You can access it here.
There’re a few interesting things about night time photography I’ve learned in Sligo. First of all, ‘blue hour’ seems to start a good 20 minutes later up in the West of Ireland and lasts a bit longer too. Secondly, it was reconfirmed to me that ‘blue hour’ shots look particularly well when combined with artificial sources of light, such as street lamps, bridge lights, etc. Have a look at the very last shot which was taken at ‘blue hour’ at a very old graveyard in Sligo, with no source of light (and plenty of rain!). Now compare it to the preceding 9 images taken the following day at Strandhill – this time with plenty of light from street lamps (and no rain).
Now on the subject of rain, I mentioned earlier that your camera will capture ‘blue’ even if it’s raining. However, shooting in the rain is tricky (for obvious reasons!) and as you’ll be doing very long exposures (up to 30secs) – the raindrops will be sure to land on the glass of your lens (and in the shot) even with an umbrella over your camera. I had to learn this for myself (while trying to make the best use of my time in Sligo)!
If you like any of the images featured in this post or my earlier ‘blue hour’ photographs from Dun Laoghaire, you can order the images as prints (high resolution and framed). Please contact me for rates.