Just a bit of blue

Here’s an example of a more subtle use of the blue hour.

On Saturday my family and I attended the Sacramento Buddhist Church’s annual food and cultural bazaar. It was evening, around 8:30 p.m., when we decided to leave after buying our fill of teriyaki chicken. A large tent covered the main eating area, as well as some of the booths and activities. With my iPhone I took a picture of Japanese lanterns glowing with the warm light of incandescent bulbs hanging in rows on the underside of the tent. Through the 6” to 8” gaps between the tent’s canvas panels the blue hour sky peeked through looking like azure ribbons running along side of the more warmly lit sections of the tent.

The light of the blue hour doesn’t necessarily have to be the main portion of the photo but it can also be used just as an accent.


This month’s challenge is the “blue hour.”

Here are the rules:

1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Blue hour” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between August 4 and August 17. The subject is up to you but they must be shot during the “blue hour.”

3. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (eg: “John Doe, Stockton. Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. Canon EOS Rebel Ti with 18-55mm lens”)

4. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown) and where they are and what they are doing. (eg: “Jane Smith, 25, Tracy watches the walks down Main Street and Hunter Street in Stockton”)

5. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

6. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 15. The top examples will be published on Thursday, August 21* with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day

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