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(Entries) DPC #301: "Blue hour" - Event Date: 13 May 2022 - 13 June 2022

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    Posted: 13 May 2022 at 13:37
Dear Dyxumers,

The blue hour is the period of twilight (in the morning or evening, around the nautical stage) when the Sun is at a significant depth below the horizon. During this time, the remaining sunlight takes on a mostly blue shade. This shade differs from the colour of the sky on a clear day, which is caused by Rayleigh scattering.

The blue hour occurs when the Sun is far enough below the horizon so that the sunlight's blue wavelengths dominate due to the Chappuis absorption caused by ozone. Since the term is colloquial, it lacks an official definition such as dawn, dusk, or the three stages of twilight. Rather, blue hour refers to the state of natural lighting that usually occurs around the nautical stage of the twilight period (at dawn or dusk).

Many artists value this period for the quality of the soft light. Although the blue hour does not have an official definition, the blue color spectrum is most prominent when the Sun is between 4 and 8 below the horizon. Photographers use blue hour for the tranquil mood it sets. When photographing during blue hour it can be favourable to capture subjects that have artificial light sources, such as buildings, monuments, cityscapes, or bridges.


@@ "Mesmerized"

A-580, DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM, f/22, 10, 16mm, ISO100.

Good light,


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This DPC will close on 13/6/2022 (earliest closing time) 21:00 Dyxum Time


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General rules and intent
The main purpose of the Dyxum Photo Contest is to share our images in an effort to present ourselves as photographers.

All registered users are invited to participate. Each DPC is opened for approximately one month. After that a new thread is opened presenting all entrants and asking Dyxmers to vote. This voting is also opened for one month, after which all votes are counted and a winner is announced (separate "DPC winner" thread is started).

Specific rules:
  • Only registered members of Dyxum.com can participate,
  • The pics must be taken with A-Mount or E-mount cameras (either film or digital),
  • Photos that have been winners in previous DPCs (or shots that are similar) are not eligible.
  • Only two entries per competition per member are accepted. Entries can be changed freely up to the closing time. If there will be more than two photos from a given Dyxumer the last two will be accepted as his/her entries
  • For each entry following information should be provided:
    • Title (which must be preceded by the "@@" marker),
    • Camera model,
    • lens brand/model,
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    • EXIF info (not mandatory in case of film cameras): ISO speed, shutter speed, aperture, EV compensation, focal length (for zooms),
    • info about any special filters/converters.
  • Photos should be in an easy viewable size - no more than 1024x900 pixels (if they are bigger they will be automatically downsized by the forum app),
  • No extra textures or objects that were not present during shooting should be added. Generally the stress is on photography not on post-processing, although we accept some slight modifications. If you have any doubts ask the organizer of the contest by PM.
  • Images containing nudity, violence or and any kind of provocative subjects are not allowed.
Photos which flagrantly break the above rules will not be considered when selecting finalists.

Posting images
Unfortunately Dyxum doesn't have sufficient web space to host images for the contest. Because of this each participant needs another hosting site for his/her images and to post them by entering the image URL in the post (surrounded by the appropriate tags). Please note that images bigger than 800 pixels (the longer side) will be resized without any further post-processing.

The photos entered remain copyrighted by the original photographer, and by entering you are giving permission for the pic/s to be used on this site only. You will be contacted about any proposed subsequent promotional use on this site of your pic/s.

Should you have any doubts or questions regarding the contest please do not hesitate to contact a member of the admin or moderator groups

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2022 at 01:45
@@Blue hour approaches, Bordeaux
Blue hour approaches, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr
Camera: a99ii
Lens: Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar
ISO: 5000
Shutter: 1/60
Aperture: f6.3
EV: -
Focal length: 24mm
Filter: UV
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2022 at 12:11
@@ Golden fountain at the blue hour

A700 + Minolta 24-105D, 55 mm, 1/10 sec, f4.5, iso 800

B.t.w., this fountain can also be seen in Jozioau's submission above, on the left side in front of the smaller building

@@ Blue hour at the Wijnegem locks in the King Albert canal

NEX6 + Sony E10-18/4, 10 mm, 1/60 sec, f4.0, iso 500
You can see the April Foolishness 2021 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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