Potomac Twilight on a Spectacular August Evening
When I'm in the mood to cart around a tripod, dusk is my favorite time for photographing D.C. I've shot the "blue hour" at the Capitol, the Georgetown Waterfront, the WWII memorial, the White House and elsewhere. This time I turned my attention back to the Potomac River. This was a trip I planned to do a few weeks ago, but storms got in the way, so last Friday (Aug. 7) -- in the below-average and humidity-free calm before the heat wave -- I found time to get out and take a few photos.
What is the blue hour? Keep reading for that answer, and photographs in chronological order as the blue hour progressed last Friday...
The "blue hour" is a period right around sundown (mainly the minutes after) when the sky's natural tones and manmade lighting briefly intersect at a pleasing and fairly low-contrast place. Once the sky is fully black, it is harder to maintain a clean shot without noise and/or blown-out highlights or dark lowlights. The blue shades are quite nice.
For reference: Sunset on Friday Aug. 7 was at 8:12 p.m. Also, see a Google Earth map of where I started (first photo below) and finished (first photo in post, before the jump).
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