Long Exposure Photography at Blue Hour, a.k.a. “Last Lights” of the Day, by Joey J šŸ“ø

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Making of a Photograph: Part 4 ā€“ Singapore Skyline from Esplanade

This is a signature view of Singapore photographed back in February 2019. I’ve shot this same view for uncountable times (probably between 50 and 100 times) so far, but this edition is my most favourite, although reflections of city lights are a bit weak. šŸ˜€

I have some other photos shot at the same spot with better reflections, but the blue hour hue in this photo is so special that no other photos can match.

As for the technical aspect, I started the exposure at 19:38 pm (4 minutes before the end of dusk), extending 2.5 seconds of base shutter speed into 162 seconds (at f/11) by using a 6 stop ND filter.

I’m not sure if all the photographers out there will agree, but to me, I believe there is only one timing under the fast-darkening blue hour sky that results in the best possible shot. That’s why I normally take only one shot at blue hour by judging when to start the exposure and for how long.

It’s already been 4 years since I took this photo, and I’ve probably retried shooting this same view for a few dozen more times, but I still like this photo the best. šŸ˜…

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About MeAbout the Author: LASTLIGHTS.NET is a passion project of Joey J, a Singapore-based Japanese photographer primarily shooting cityscape photography with long exposure at blue hour. Visit his Home Gallery (30 most favourite photos taken) or download his free eBook, Getting Started with Long Exposure Photography .

6 Comments

Daniel
February 18, 2023 | Permalink

Great shot Joey! This is probably at 17mm right?

    February 18, 2023 | Permalink

    Thanks! It’s at 18mm, actually. šŸ˜€ When moving further away from Jubilee Bridge (that leads to Merlion), the view goes a bit wider (as the distance to the CBD buildings will be more).

February 28, 2023 | Permalink

Great šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘

March 11, 2023 | Permalink

You’re right, it’s a wonderful time of the day (or hang on, the colours are also beautiful just before sunrise – especially over the sea). But this photo is truly stunning!

    March 11, 2023 | Permalink

    Thanks! Yes, dawn-to-sunrise is another blue hour. Since Iā€™m not an early riser, Iā€™m only shooting at evening blue hour (sunset-to-dusk). šŸ˜…

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