To be honest i really never thought about going to Deventer…. Not because i didn’t wanted to go but just because i never knew it had such an amazing and unique view of the city!

So when i first saw this spot on an image, there was not doubt that i had to go there and get a shot for myself. When i see cool locations on images or hear about it from somebody i always make a note of it in my phone, so when i have the time to do some searching and digital exploration i can use my notes and get as much information about that particular location to be prepared.

It was about an 80 minute drive to get to the location from Rotterdam and i went together with a buddy of mine (Dennis), we arrived about 3 hours before sunrise and after checking out the spot and doing some composition scouting we decided to get some burgers at McDonald’s before putting down our tripods to make some pictures. My initial goal was to get multiple images from golden hour till full dark and create a timeblend with the best of different sorts of light conditions. Too bad there weren’t any clouds in the sky to produce a dramatic sunset… But i try to create the best with what is given so i decided to go with a long exposure blue hour shot to get a nice clean reflection.

After the sunset we had to wait for blue hour to kick and it was freezing cold, but that could not spoil the great view that we had! When i got the shot i had in mind, i took a 2nd exposure just for the water so it was silky smooth, the only thing that was left now is to wait for the stars to become visible and that was going to finish this image.

Thanks Dennis, for joining me on this photography trip!

Don’t stop reading if you would like to know how to apply a small but significant change in your blue hour images, there is also a small present for your interest in my blogpost to speed up your workflow!

Step 1:

Create a Hue/Saturation layer

Step 2:

Click on Master and select the Blue channel.

Step 3:

Change the Saturation and Lightness. (i usually start with -20 saturation and +20 lightness)

Step 4:

Fill the mask of your Hue/Saturation layer with black. (This enables you to paint on the mask with a white brush and that is going to show the changes you made to the Blue color channel.)

Step 5:

Paint on the mask with a white brush on the object where you want to get rid of the blue color cast.


Here is a small present for your hard work and you have earned it!

Download my free action here!

NOTE: This edit is totally depending on your creative mind to decide what you do and also how far you push your images, just as long as you enjoy and like your images!


Look at the white buildings and use the slider to see the difference.

Technical info:

  • 4 images
  • @ 18mm
  • f/11
  • iso 64
  • exposure @ 30 sec

Programs used:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom CC
  • Nik software

Preparation and Research

Here are a couple of tools i (usually) use to prepare for heading out to a location:


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and i hope you can get something useful out of this… If you like this content and know someone who can us this information feel free to share it with them.

As always i am happy to answer your questions in the comment section below or you can message me through social media and i will answer as soon as possible.

About the Author:

My name is Boudewijn Drenkelford, born in 1985 in the Netherlands. I'm a father, boyfriend, brother and friend who likes to go out into the nature with my camera.

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