The winter weather this Christmas season here in Germany is much more spring-like than the years before and we have been far away from snow and frost we generally can expect this time of the year.
So I have a kind of White Snowflake for you I took recently at the stud and equestrian farm "Lerchenhof" in the town of Muensingen.
The stud and equestrian farm Lerchenhof organized a kind of Christmas party together with all the kids and teenagers taking riding lessons there. And of course the families and friends were invited to celebrate together with their youngsters.
At the end of this varied day Santa Claus arrived on a horse-drawn carriage...
...and dispensed little gifts to the kids!
A Merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year 2016 to all of you, dear friends!
Regiswindiskirche / Regiswindis church in the old town of Lauffen, December 2015
Wikipedia: "The blue hour is the period of twighlight each morning and evening when the sun
is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect
sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the
relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the
longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is
about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while
blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the
earth's surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is
treasured by artists."
Although the wikipedia article is talking about a 40 minutes period of the "blue hour", in my opinion it's just a 10 minutes "tunnel" to hit the best ratio of background and foreground contrast.
In my second photo of the Regiswindis church the light was still much too bright - therefore the contrasts are much to "hard".
So: when is the perfect moment for the best blue hour shot???
You have to try out! Start early enough with your first photo (of course you MUST use a tripod!), later you'll realize that it's already much to dark to continue.
Somewhen in the intervening time is the perfect moment for the best shot(s).
Lauffen town hall - parts of it used to be an old castle out of the 11th century - with illuminated Christmas tree in the evening hours.
The old historic fountain in front of the Lauffen town hall - and the reflections of Christmas lights in the water surface of the well.
That's not longer a blue hour photograph...
...the sky is much too dark already.