Stockholm’s Gamla Stan During Blue Hour

Blue Hour, Stockholm

At this time of year sunset colours and blue hour in Stockholm last for a long time, which is a blessing as the sun sets around 3pm. I was really excited to try and get some shots like this after dark, but most of the buildings along the waterfront are not lit up at all at night.

Fortunately I managed to get this shot during blue hour as we walked back to our hotel. The old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan is apparently one of the best preserved medieval centres in Europe. It’s a great area to explore on foot, and during December there’s a Christmas market in the square.

We were expecting cloud cover for the weekend but actually had some nice blue skies on Saturday. The seasons can transform a place, and I’d love to go back in the summer when I can get about without all of my winter gear. The cold weather is not a great motivator for taking long exposures by the water!

11 thoughts on “Stockholm’s Gamla Stan During Blue Hour

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jess! That’s exactly why I love this time of day, the combination of the artificial lighting and blue hour light creates a really lovely mood.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thank you šŸ™‚ That’s just what I was trying to capture, and it’s how I felt standing in the cold waiting for my long exposure to end!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Amy, I really love this time of day. Unfortunately at this time of year it’s always happening while I’m at work!

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  1. Stacy P. Fischer

    Gorgeous photo, Ben. I’m so glad you braved the cold to get it, and then share it with all of us! Stockholm is a place I’d love to visit someday, but I think I might choose the summer šŸ˜‰

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy, it was definitely worth it! Even if I only came away with one shot worth sharing. I was so surprised at the lack of lights after dark. Haha, I’d definitely recommend to avoid the winter if you only have once chance to visit, although there is a certain charm about visiting in winter that you don’t get in the warmer months.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Dalo. It looks great this time of day but give it another thirty minutes or so and you really can’t see very much at all! Definitely a city in which to appreciate the blue hour.

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