Mission 17 - Destination Blue Hour 2

My costs for this event £2.50 to be paid via online system.

Ok folks...following on from last year's mission on this topic.. l thought it was such a great event last year (44 people turned up to experience this) that l'd thought we try out a similar thing this year!

What exactly is the blue hour. The blue hour is the time when the Sun has set and the sky becomes this incredible blue colour. It's my favourite time of the day. Many photographers specialize in the blue hour. You can get some incredible shots at this time of the day. I find it much easier to go chasing after the blue hour in the Autumn/Winter season since the Sun sets much quicker (the Sun sets around 4-5pm) and earlier than in Summer (The Sun doesn't set until 9-10pm in Summer). Some people also use this part of the year to do what's known as night photography.

Have a look at what we did last year if your not familiar with the blue hour, the camera settings are contained within the mission details. :-

http://www.meetup.com/London-Camera-Club/events/82792452/
and some of the photos which we took are :-
http://www.meetup.com/London-Camera-Club/photos/11484512/

The weather is a bit of a unknown item so please wrap up well it can get rather wet and rather cold and make sure you have some waterproof clothing on!

This year's location is the Thames Riverside outside the Tate Modern. If were lucky and the tide is out we may even head onto the pebbly/sandy banks (there is a small bit of sand there!!) of the Thames, so make sure your footwear is ok to walk on this).

If there is cloud cover then the sky will become an incredible golden colour but if its clear then it will be electric blue colour. Ideally a clear sky with a little cloud would be brilliant. For the novices or new members of the group who didn't attend last year's event please go to the above mission link to read all about the camera settings.

Your going to need a tripod for this event but if you don't have one then not to worry you can rest your camera on the handrail at the riverside itself.

Bring what ever camera you have and have some fun. For those who are using DSLRs and have lens hoods.. you may want to attach the hood before you start shooting (it only important if it starts to drizzle down a bit)

Meeting point.. Outside Southwark Tube Station.
Route to be taken is .. From Southwark tube to the riverside, walk across the Millennium Bridge and end up outside One New Change. Your going to love it up at One New Change Roof Terrace where we can get great shots of St Pauls Cathedral!

Lens :- Your going to need to have a wide angle lens! Wide as possible!
Aperture :- F22 or as high F number you can set!
Shutter Speed :- Varies start with 1/100th and slow all the way down to 30 seconds.
ISO:- Low ISO setting. As low as possible

Task 1: Capture St Pauls in the blue hour!

Task 2: Capture a bridge in the blue hour!

Pub/Bar: Roof Terrace bar, One New Change. EC4M 9AF
http://www.onenewchange.com/11the-roof-terrace.aspx

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  • Steve

    Great fun, thanks wei. Spent way too much time on the 'beach' though. Guess I'll have to go back...

    November 3, 2013

  • Georgia L.

    The same for me Wei, I never know how to do the ' Good to see you' but then the smile on my face says it all. Thanks a million Wei, you are just great.

    October 28, 2013

  • Sandy J.

    Hi Wei, I don't know how to do the Good to see you post, but I really enjoyed my afternoon,

    October 28, 2013

  • Manzur F.

    I have uploaded some photos, please have a look. Could not get that many blue hour shots, and missed the terrace :(

    To upload faster, I used low-res photos. If you want to see the high resolution version, please see here:

    http://www.mf-photography.com/Random/Mission-17-Destination-Blue

    It was great meetup, and hope to do something soon again :)

    October 28, 2013

  • Kim G.

    Didn't captured many shots as my tripod gave way! Still a fun and great day out. Thanks Wei

    October 28, 2013

  • Olimpia

    Great meetup and friendly bunch. Learned a lot and got hooked on night photography. Thanks Wei! :-)

    October 28, 2013

  • Kathy

    Great time though not sure I actually got a Blue Hour Shot!!
    I will go through photos and post this evening. Thanks Wei :-)

    October 28, 2013

  • Zoe

    Splendid outing - Thanks Wei!!

    October 28, 2013

  • Paul K.

    Great first meetup for me, nice friendly group and Wei's a fantastic group organiser.

    October 28, 2013

  • Sandy J.

    Great meetup. I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and learned a lot. Thank you Wei!!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meet up, Wei, is very enthusiast and great to learn from.

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to see some familiar faces, always nice photographing the South Bank!

    October 27, 2013

  • Manzur F.

    It was great, and nice to meet like minded people. Will upload photos asap.

    October 27, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Thanks for teaching me how to take a good 'blue' shot, I learnt a lot! :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Lesley

    Thank you Wei for a really enjoyable meet up and for sharing your photography skills. Great locations but I am disappointed with most of my shots...don't think i've got any worth posting but will do better next time :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Wei

    Hi everybody hope you all enjoyed yourself. I think most people got to the top of One New Change, l did loose a few people but we were at the meeting points as l said. I make it around 40ish turnout. Could l request people post up their best one or two shots please. Many thanks . Wei

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wei,thank you for a great meet up ,enjoyed despite my bad photography.

    October 27, 2013

  • Jenny

    Sorry, was hoping to make it but my trains are up the spout due to engineering works which not very cleverly, I hadn't looked into before now... sorry to miss this and will look out for next one.

    October 27, 2013

  • Jill B.

    Wei- really sorry I'm going to have to miss out today as feeling unwell. Really disappointed - Was really looking forward to it ! Hope the weather holds for you, look forward to seeing the photos. Best wishes Jill

    October 27, 2013

  • heather

    Hi really sorry to miss out this afternoon, trains back to cambridge too late to make something this evening. Hope to make it next time. Heather

    October 27, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Heather, lovely to meet you and welcome to the London Camera Club. Sorry to hear that you can't make it. Its going to be a great event. As you say, next time maybe. Wei

      October 27, 2013

  • Wei

    Hi everybody l'm going to be at the tube station from 3.45pm. Looks like the weather might just hold out for us :) See you all soon. Wei

    October 27, 2013

  • Chris

    Planning to be there if I can.... Will sign up when I know for sure. It will be my last mission for a while!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wei,is there a back up plan if chucking it down

    October 26, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Michelle, lovely to meet you and welcome to the London Camera Club. There is always a back up plan. I have been keeping a close watch on the weather and it appears to be fine but obviously this could change. The storm doesn't come in until later in the evening. It might be a bit drizzly but this is a bonus since we will be able to do blue hour water reflection shots. You can always go inside the Tate Modern if the weather turns really bad. Hope that answers your query?

      1 · October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool will definitely be there looking forward too it .

      October 26, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Hi all, this will be my first meet up - complete beginner so looking forward to learning some new stuff :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Kim G.

    Hi Wei,hope you're well. I am bring my friend with me. Looking forward for the blue hour as I missed the last year event!

    October 26, 2013

  • Peter

    Many apologies for missing this one Wei, I'm going to be walking around Hampstead all day and won't finish there till after 4 - have a great time and I'm expecting amazing blue hour shots from everyone!! Hope to see you soon.

    October 26, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Peter, thanks for letting me know. Huge turnout expected tomorrow! Looks like everyone is keen on learning blue hour. I might need to find an alternative last minute pub. I've set advanced photographers an new interesting additional challenge. Perfect symmetry on a shot! Take care my friend.

      October 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    Hi All I would love to come but will have to confirm nearer the time. It has been too long a time since I joined in with the group.

    October 5, 2013

    • Kathy

      yippee unless there is a disaster I WILL be there!

      1 · October 24, 2013

  • kate e.

    please see my group about Neighbours the soap http://www.meetup.com/Neighbors-Soap/

    October 21, 2013

    • Wei

      Good Afternoon Kate, nice to meet you and welcome to the London Camera Club. Since you decided to advertise your 'Neighbours' group onto the LCC site l thought l'd responsed to your post! As a suggestion this idea of yours to start up a group to talk about the soap is, in my opinion, not a very good idea! Having read your profile on the group! Might l suggest that you switch off your TV set for 6 months and actually starting living life more! Also, it's certainly not a positive thing to boast that you've stayed inside watching every single episode of Neighbours for the past decade! Personally speaking, l don't think many people will take you up on your coffee break and soap chat! I could be wrong on this but l don't think l am. Why don't you come along to one of the LCC group events with a camera (can be any type) and have some fun? All the best. Wei :-) (ps. don't take this post too seriously ok, life's too short to be serious)

      6 · October 22, 2013

    • Chris

      Does she mean Neighbourhood watch? What is Neighbors anyway?

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • Sian Hillier K.

    Sorry guys - can't attend this time. See you at the next session.

    October 21, 2013

  • Dhanisha

    Sorry can't make this one. Looking forward to the next.

    October 7, 2013

  • Maciek

    Last year's blue hour was one of the best photo sessions I ever done.

    October 1, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Maciek for the intermediate and pro photographer of the group.. this year l will be setting a rather interesting additional mission task on the day, you will have to wait and see what it is :-) It should test your photography skills to a new level..

      October 1, 2013

  • Sandy J.

    Hi Wei, I would like to attend this mission but will confirm nearer the time.

    Regards

    September 29, 2013

    • Wei

      Ok Sandy :-)

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It sounds great , will come work permitting

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On holiday I'mafraid

    September 23, 2013

  • Gunnar O.

    I am very keen. Will have to confirm whether or not closer to the date though.

    Many thanks for organizing.

    September 16, 2013

  • Chris

    Darnit. Another clash of events! Would have loved to repeat this one.

    September 11, 2013

    • Wei

      Chris, If there's enough takers for a repeat then I'll carry one out. If l do, then don't forget to bring your waterproofs cos last year you got soaked (we all did!!) We dried out in the pub afterwards though :)

      September 11, 2013

  • Alexis

    I'll be on holiday unfortunately but would have been in otherwise.

    September 11, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Alexis hope all is well.. Sorry to hear that you cant attend.. depending on how many whom cant make it due to personal reasons l might try and repeat this event. When are you likely to be back in London?

      September 11, 2013

    • Alexis

      6th November.

      September 11, 2013

  • Martin

    I'm so disappointed: I'm finishing the Greensand Way on this same day, what an unfortunate coincidence! Oh well, I must make the next one!

    September 11, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Martin.. Sorry to hear you cant attend... Depending on how many whom cant make it due to personal reasons l might try and repeat this event :-)

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Simon

    Is there a limit on RSVPs, would I be able to sign up closer to the date?

    September 11, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Simon, yes you can

      September 11, 2013

  • John G.

    Looks good. Expect to sign up nearer the time. Is there a deadline?

    September 11, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi John there's no deadline

      September 11, 2013

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