Venice, Italy blue hour

The Venetian Blue Hour

Europe, Italy, Photography

Venice Church and GoldolasPhotographers call the time after sunset before it gets totally dark the “blue hour.” It is a great time to take photos, especially cityscapes, as the intermingling of natural and artificial light creates dramatic effects and the world is imbued with blue.

For non-photographers like my wife, it is also a “blue hour,” but for different reasons. She is usually bored and blue while waiting for me to take photos before we can move on to something more fun. Sometimes I pacify her with wine and that makes her happy.

Few places in this world are as photogenic as Venice; the blue hour is pure magic in the ancient city of canals and cathedrals. Each evening, I spent the blue hour photographing the magic while watching the world pass by. My wife brought along her wine and hung out with me. All was right in the world.

Venice Blue Hour Photo Gallery

Click on any picture to open a slideshow view.


What is your favorite time of day? 

Does your spouse drag you along to take photos? 

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28 thoughts on “The Venetian Blue Hour”

  1. These bring back wonderful memories of beautiful Venice. My husband and I seem to be fairly equal in pulling each other to spots in search of unique photos. Wine as needed sounds like a good plan.

    • I am glad I went to Venice because you can’t appreciate it through the movies or photos of it. It is good to know that you share in dragging each other to photogenic spots

  2. Jeff, These are truly beautiful. I particularly like the long exposures – they just seem to glide. I think the Venice Tourist Bureau needs to hire you to take all their photos. ~Terri

    • Thank you. The nice part about these long exposures is that I rested the camera on a bridge rail and didn’t need a tripod. Europe is good for that.

  3. My wish, someday I’ll be there…
    They’re sooo wonderful pics, I’m non-photographer, but those views can’t make me bored!!!

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