Last winter, I took this photo.

And this one (my favorite!!)

Since then I’ve tried to recreate the look and have failed miserably. I could see that the combination of whitish-yellow of light with a blue-looking background was something I must need to achieve the desired dramatic effect, but I didn’t know how to replicate the process.

Until now!!!

Thanks to winning some Kent Weakly eClasses on Night Photography my girl Brooke McGlothlin gave away during her Journals of a Photography Newbie series!

NOW I get it!! Β And I learned I don’t need the whitish-yellow light. It helps create a gorgeous effect. But I can also create the blue color without it!

I learned about the Blue Hour during the blizzard of 2011, but I was a dedicated little student. Β I dressed up for the occasion.

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and got this first. Not so blue, but very blizzardy.

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Then the blue hour!

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So Kent was absolutely right. The weather doesn’t matter. I was surprised. However, I wouldn’t suggest stomping around in weather that will give you frostbite. I know I won’t do it again. Ok. So maybe I will.

I went out again last night, the weather was much nicer, a heat wave, really. I shot these. The first one, meh. It’s ok. But not stunning.

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This one? Getting closer to stunning.

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And finally…my favorite from last night (and it does kind of take my breath away just a little bit)

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My Newbie tip this week? Learn from a professional. You won’t be sorry!