Ming Gullo, the photographer at A View with Ming, wrote an article on the fundamentals of color and photography, from temperature and white balance to hue, saturation, lightness, and contrast.

 
To practice color photography, she introduced the “Blue hour photography”, not to be confused by the Golden hour!

During the blue hour, the sun is slightly below the horizon, and the sky often gives off as a vibrant, creamy blue. Depending on where you are, various light sources are available: the last traces of warm light from the sunset, tungsten lights from street lamps, lights from cars or other objects, and more.

 
Here are some of my experiments from the
 

Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbour

Sunrise over Victoria Harbour at the blue hour

Sunrise over Victoria Harbour at the blue hour; this was the view from our room, when we woke up

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour- experiment 1

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour- experiment 1

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour- experiment 2- more blue hue

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour- experiment 2- more blue hue

Hong Kong Skyline at the blue hour

Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria harbour at the blue hour

 
 

For my understanding, I am taking the terms apart

SATURATION: Saturation refers to the intensity of a color (hue).

LIGHTNESS: Lightness — sometimes called brightness — refers to a color’s proximity to the white or black end of the tonal scale

CONTRAST: For black-and-white photos, contrast means the variations between different tones of black, grey, and white.  For color photographs, it is a bit more complicated, however very well explained.

 
 
And in closing, I am sharing her tip:

AN ASSIGNMENT FROM MING:
Get outside and try to capture the beautiful blue hour near you. Play with hue, saturation, and lightness during post-processing. If you shoot in RAW, you’ll also have the option to adjust the white balance.

Have fun!

 

Have you tried out your hands at blue hour photography? How did the pictures turn out?
 

Further reading

http://www.bluehoursite.com/
 
 

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