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.


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


Then the blue hour!


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.


This one? Getting closer to stunning.


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


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