Exploring The Blue Hour

So, I did it – again!

Night shots, no, wrong – make that “Blue Hour Shots” are my current fad. For some time now I wanted to capture the hot spots of architecture around Munich’s Olympic Stadium. Yesterday evening I went for two of them: the global headquarter of BMW, and the German headquarter of O2.

 

BMW Global Headquarter at Night
BMW Global Headquarter at Night
Copyright © 2007 by Mark Zanzig/zettpress 

And so I drove to the location (a bridge close to the Olympic Park) and arrived shortly before sunset. But there were already two young photographers, maybe about 16 or 17 years old, completely equipped with tripod and camera. Oh no! Fortunately, they photographed into the other direction and were about 30 meters away, so at least we did not share the same location and view. (I was puzzled as to what they actually saw in their photo, but heck, who am I to judge that?)

Now, the funny thing is – we were shooting away happily. But then, about 15 minutes after sunset, they suddenly started to pack their stuff, apparently under the impression that the light had gone and that’s that. You see, the “Blue Hour” still had not even begun, and you still could take just 2 second exposures, even at ISO 100 and f 22. I asked them why they were leaving – “the best is yet to come, you know?”. They shrugged. Apparently they did not know, and they walked away, mumbling something along the lines of “need to get the other camera”. :-)

I just hope that they take their time next time, because the good shots were all coming when they were long gone. Also, the location is very convenient, because you can capture both the BMW headquarters and the O2 building on one evening.

 

O2 Germany Headquarters at Night
O2 Germany Headquarter at Night
Copyright © 2007 by Mark Zanzig/zettpress 

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