“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
— Francis Bacon
Evening tours and night photography
The golden hour
Starting approximately one hour before sunset, the golden hour is a special time for photographers. The light – as the name implies – has a golden hue and is much softer than the middle of the day. In a city, is the ideal time to take pictures.
If we are lucky. the finale of the golden hour will be a blazing sunset. We will take you to the places to best capture this.
The blue hour
Then as the sunset slowly disolves into twilight, we enter the blue hour, when the light gradually changes from gold to blue and the shadows disappear.
Amsterdam, Leiden, the Hague and Rotterdam all have a lively café culture, ideal for the photographer. Many public buildings are spectacularly illuminated.
The lights of the cafés twinkle in the canals and harbours, streetlights bathe the squares in golden light. Even in the rain the lights reflect magically in the wet cobbles and pavements.
The photography challenge
It sounds idyllic, but night time does pose special challenges for the photographer. Well here is the good news: even if you have never taken photographs at night we will explain simply and clearly the tips and techniques to begin taking stunning pictures!
And the night is always full of surprises!
The tour includes a short refreshment stop, when you can review and discuss your photos.
Because the position of the sunset varies with the time of the year, the itinerary and locations of the evening tours will vary in order to take full advantage of the conditions. The same applies to the weather.
Please note: smartphones are not suitable for night photography. And while not absolutely essential (depending on the camera), we highly recommend the use of a tripod, which you can hire from us if you wish.