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Master the Golden Hour & the Blue Hour: A Barrell of Monkeys?


Hey photo fanatics, it is time to go bananas with photography magic! Prepare to be awestruck as we explore how you can master the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour. But you better set your alarm clock my little monkeys because you don't want to miss the Magic Hours!

Lighthouse - Sanibel Island, FL

Let There Be Light - and Laughter!

As photographers, there is one thing we strive to capture - it's our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it's the unicorn, alas, it's our barrel of monkeys - LIGHTING! Lighting is the name of the game in photography. But not all lighting is created equal, my friends. It's time to swing into action and talk about the secret sauce to photo perfection - the legendary Golden Hour and the enchanting Blue Hour.

Golden Hour - The Sun's Sweet Serenade!

Picture this - the sun's low, the world glows! The Golden Hour is like a warm hug from the sun; a sunlit symphony painting everything with that dreamy, golden glow. (Cue the applause soundtrack here) - the crowd goes wild!

Okay! Okay! I know. Simmer down. That was extremely cool info and stuff, but you are probably thinking, "Excuse me Mr. Sweet Monkey, but what time of day does this mysterious Golden Hour occur?" Great question, smarty pants! Answer: The Golden Hour is that dreamy period shortly after sunrise and just before sunset - when the sun sits just above the horizon.

During this time, the sun is low on the horizon, and its rays travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere. This unique angle and path of light create a warm, golden glow that bathes everything it touches in a magical radiance.

Blue Hour Bliss - When the Sky is in Love!

Once the sun hides, magic abounds! The Blue Hour paints the sky with a stunning blue hue, setting the stage for mysterious and captivating shots! The Blue Hour creates a canvass of deep blue hues, where dreams meet reality. Get ready for a night of enchantment!

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I know! I know! You have probably already figured it out, but in case you are asking , "Hey Mr. Sweet Monkey, exactly what time of day does this Blue Hour bliss occur?" I've got you covered. Answer: The blessed bliss of the Blue Hour is that magical time right before sunrise and shortly after sunset - when the sun sits just below the horizon.

During this enchanting hour, the sky takes on a deep, rich blue hue, creating a magical and serene atmosphere.

Why Should You Care?

Oh, you'll love this! Shooting during these hours is like tapping into a photo wonderland. Prepare to be amazed - the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour are a photographer's dream come true - it truly is the barrel of monkeys:

  1. Soft & Dreamy: Soft, diffused light casts away harsh shadows, giving your photos a balanced and natural vibe.

  2. Warm & Colorful Colors: Ah, the palette of paradise! The Golden Hour wraps you in warm hues, while cool shades in the Blue Hour add drama and emotion.

  3. Sky Drama: Look up, folks! Rapidly changing skies give you dynamic and breathtaking backdrops - clouds, stars, and silhouettes galore!

Pro-Tip: Calculating the Magic Hours!

One of the most popular websites for finding the exact times of the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour in specific locations is This website provides a comprehensive tool called the "Sun Calculator" that allows users to input their location and date to get precise information about sunrise, sunset, as well as the duration and timing of the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour. Ka-Ching! You are welcome!

Rock Your Photos - Monkey Style!

Trust us, it's a game-changer! Embrace the Golden and Blue Hours next time you're out for a photo adventure, and watch your images come alive! Don't forget your tripod though. Longer shutter speeds may be necessary to capture the perfect photo without camera wiggle.

Hire Us Today!

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So there you have it, photo rockstars! Unleash the Golden and Blue Hour magic, and let your images shine brighter than ever before! Set your clock and let your photos rock! Thank you for stopping by. We look forward to capturing your Southwest Florida adventures and transforming them into memories that will last a lifetime!




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