Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Halifax, Canada - Skyline at Night

I have recently (the past week) been taking loads of shots of Halifax for a local company who wants some pictures on their bare walls. Several blogs will appear in the next few days of this work but here is one shot that I took last night, or rather early this morning (about 1am). I am shooting from across the estuary on the adjacent town of Dartmouth. The night was incredible; very still and for Halifax quite warm (about -2c). This was taken at f9.0 for 30 seconds at 100mm. I have never done this type of work before so I would much appreciate some critical thoughts. Damian on assignment in Halifax.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damian

Excellent shot - when I saw this, I immediately thought it was like something you'd see in tourism literature. Really nicely done, and perfect exposure. I may crop it a bit more at the bottom, but not sure without actually trying it. Love the symmetry and reflections. Did you use the in camera meter? I did for my long exposures and, with a bit of experimentation, found it really good. I assume you used a tripod? How did you get work for this company - sounds interesting!

Critical Light said...

Ivan,

Thanks a lot. That gives me some confidence. I actually shot quite a few pics and they are all pretty interesting. I worked out the exposure over several visits to the site. In fact, on many of the shots the camera was bang on and I didn't have to adjust the exposure at all. In most cases, I did find that shooting for less than 30 secs greatly reduced the colour so in the end I always used a 30 second exposure.

I did use a tripod; my most trusting Manfrotto. In some other shots, which I will post later on, I actually attached the camera to the bottom of the tripod so that the camera was as close to the surface of the water as possible. I also tried putting the tripod into the water to get even further down.

I have done three visits to shoot these pictures. The first was just a test - where to shoot from, what to shoot, exposure. The second was to capture the sunset and dusk (530-730pm) and the third was last night (10pm to 100am). On the first two visits I was absolutely freezing but last night was just glorious...

Dams

bishopsindubai said...

Great shot Damian. I love the effect of the reflections, almost feels like a flat image on a wall with the reflections being dragged down by gravity, the heavier or more fluid reflections travelling the most during the exposure...

It is very stylised and magazine freindly, but there is nothing wrong with that.

Very keen to see more...

bishopsindubai said...

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