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Toronto Skyline - CN Tower

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
Started our anniversary mini-vacation yesterday in Toronto. After arriving in the city, we settled into what the host calls our “Designer Home Stay” that we found on Airbnb. Our action packed day felt like we were back in Central America - so exhausting, exhilarating and purposeful compared to our boring rural small-town day to day routine.

Google was amazing in helping us find a location in the city to get to last night, where I could capture the Toronto skyline. Arriving before sunset I set up my tripod and used a 150-600mm equivalent lens to reach across the water. All of these exposures are 10-20 minutes long in Live Composite mode - to gather any light that got added as lights in buildings came on and car lights in the distance streaked (without worrying about the length of line or overexposure). I took some frames starting while there was still some brightness in the sky, and then some starting after it got dark.


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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Fabulous!

I am so pleased that you as Anne are both in an energetic back to normal phase of life again.

Imagine how Covid 19 has limited the fun and growth of so many millions of people and likely set back many children and students in their education and readiness for a career and life ahead!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
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Robert, this is splendid. That tower really makes the skyline so distinctive.

The Live Composite has painted in the stationary boats very well, but, in that 20 minutes there seem to be no passing boats on this occasion!

Can one do an exposure for the water and bracket the “Live exposure mode”?

Asher
 

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
Robert, this is splendid. That tower really makes the skyline so distinctive.

The Live Composite has painted in the stationary boats very well, but, in that 20 minutes there seem to be no passing boats on this occasion!

Can one do an exposure for the water and bracket the “Live exposure mode”?

Asher
there is no bracketing. You control what you want to show by starting the exposure while there is still a little light. That was one of my options with the first picture taken just before full darkness. A few minutes into the exposure it was completely dark and yet the view of pic on screen still showed the sky and water lighter.

in this case, the glorious lights of the city didn’t start coming into full effect until at least half an hour after it was fully dark. I am very pleased with the results of both versions for different reasons. In fact when I get home I will prepare the dark image so that the dark areas are even blacker. That is the striking artistic effect I want with this version. The version showing sky and water is one that would be used more for advertising pieces for the waterfront.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
In the lighter one with the water discernible, obviously one gets no detail of ripples in the water except in ideal lighting.

But IF that was in your wish list then I can see one could composite the optimum dark skyline with ripples lit by some imaginary moonlight.

I wonder how that would look? One would need to expose the water while it was still light, (at a fast shutter speed), to get the details of surface ripples.

I love the picture as you have presented it, but I would wonder how adding detailed water would look, as I recall such detail when I photographed the River Seine in Paris way after sunset!

Asher
 

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
In the lighter one with the water discernible, obviously one gets no detail of ripples in the water except in ideal lighting.

But IF that was in your wish list then I can see one could composite the optimum dark skyline with ripples lit by some imaginary moonlight.

I wonder how that would look? One would need to expose the water while it was still light, (at a fast shutter speed), to get the details of surface ripples.

I love the picture as you have presented it, but I would wonder how adding detailed water would look, as I recall such detail when I photographed the River Seine in Paris way after sunset!

Asher
the water looked ugly actually Asher. It was choppy and brownish looking. The smoothing from long exposure was desirable. As you can image, there are few locations to capture this setting. there was no backlighting or rim lighting to cause reflections. As well the buildings are too far away from the edge of the water to have any impact as far as light reflections. I worked with what I had and have results that I have desired to get of the Toronto cityscape - for years.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
the water looked ugly actually Asher. It was choppy and brownish looking. The smoothing from long exposure was desirable. As you can image, there are few locations to capture this setting. there was no backlighting or rim lighting to cause reflections. As well the buildings are too far away from the edge of the water to have any impact as far as light reflections. I worked with what I had and have results that I have desired to get of the Toronto cityscape - for years.
…and your effort worked fabulously! It’s just perfect for selling to the City!

Iconic!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Robert,

Your effort paid off Splendidly!

What a well designed landmark structure!

Such a place-making structure really helps define a City’s visual identity. I believe it must be uplifting to look up and say, “That’s ours!”

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The block of blue lit lines of windows on the right helps to provide balance and it’s embedded in the lit architecture of so many skyscrapers like setting a heel in a diamond beset brooch!

I look forward to visiting myself.

Asher
 
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