Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 23 July 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Many photographers don't realize it, but there are actually two "blue hours" each day, with the first one occurring before the sun rises. In my opinion, the first one is slightly trickier to work with than the second, because one has to setup their camera (i.e., compose the scene and focus) in the dark instead of the light. With the sun on the opposite side of the sky, though, this also creates a range of photographic opportunities that differ from those associated with the nighttime version, so there is a compensating benefit.

Surprisingly, despite my clear preference for nighttime photography, I prefer the morning version, because most people are still asleep then and it allows me to photograph scenes in a more tranquil state. As was the case with this photo, which I took at 5:01 am this past Monday morning, more than 20 minutes before the official sunrise occurred. Despite the glowing sky, I still consider this to be a photograph taken at night, but I accept that others may conclude otherwise...