Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Rush hour in Leeds at ‘Blue-Hour’ with everyone looking Forward to getting home.

The Photography term ‘blue hour’ came from the French expression l’heure bleue a period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness, this time is considered so special for us photographers because of the quality of the light.

The phrase is also used to refer to Paris immediately prior to World War I, which was considered to be a time of relative innocence and reflection for looking forward.

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48 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward”

    1. Fast Pam, try using a manual setting or “bulb” setting for yout camera without flash mounted on a tripod. To avoid camera shake, use a remote shutter release. This type of photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding.

    2. Hi Pam, just checked the camera, I’d set it to ISO100 at F8.0, the top one was a 4sec exposure and the bottom was 10secs. I didn’t have my cable release so I used the timer instead. Also I managed to use Auto exposure on the building in the distance when I set the camera up, I then switched it to manual for all the other shots.

  1. Interesting composition Karl, I have always enjoyed captures of moving light and everyday traffic is where you find it. Evening twilight always produces rich colorful images that stir the imagination and often inspire us to capture something from own domains. Very well done indeed.

    1. I looked a bit odd taking them on a island between 2 lots of traffic, but the result was worth it. I did a 69 shot star trail the other night which I stacked in Photoshop which I’m quite proud of as well.

      Thanks for the great comment BTW

    1. La barrière de la langue n’est pas un problème avec les merveilles de Google

      Merci pour le commentaire super, j’ai vraiment plaisir à prendre nuit tirs longue durée d’exposition, les sentiers de la lumière sont très gracieux dans leur mouvement, s’il est capturé droite.

      Carl 🙂

  2. Brilliant and clever … have always wanted to take photos of traffic – but I don’t have clue how to do it …. I think it needs slow shutter or maybe it’s fast … I never remember. Carl, brilliant job again.

    1. Thanks Viveka, a slow shutter and a very steady camera is the trick, also not been bothered looking a fool standing at the road side when all the people in the cars stop for the red lights and start looking at you…but I didn’t mind 🙂

  3. Lovely photos….very creative as usual 🙂 Blue hour is a lovely concept…..it’s name is new to me…..but I’ve always instinctively loved the twilight. We call it the gloaming, and in summer the nights never quite get properly dark….wonderful for photography if you have the right kit 🙂

    1. It was a name an American photographer introduced me to about 18months ago, but I’ve never really tried to capture anything at the time as you seem to only get really good results within a city

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