Posts tagged ‘night’

January 8, 2013

Canada Place, Vancouver

I seem to be in Vancouver a lot these days.  Luckily there are no shortage of locations to photograph, although since I am usually busy during the day, my photographic opportunities generally come at night.

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ISO 200, 34 mm, f16, 8 seconds

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ISO 200, 70 mm, f20, 20 seconds

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ISO 200, 24 mm, f16, 8 seconds, zoom motion blur

And sometimes I don’t even have to leave my hotel room:

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I don’t do a lot of stacking of exposures, but I decided to do so for this one to capture the moon the way it should be seen.  So, this is a composite image–one shot exposed for Canada Place and one exposed for the moon, merged using Perfect Layers2

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January 2, 2013

Ice Festival, Lake Louise

Every year, in mid-January or so, the Chateau Lake Louise hosts an international ice carving festival.  During the day, early in the festivities, you can watch the artists carving their masterpieces.

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But, for me, the real wonder of the ice sculptures can be seen after sunset, during the elusive Blue Hour before the sky turns completely black.  Combine the dark blue sky with the floodlit ice and you have a winter wonderland.

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ISO200, 24 mm, f22, 5 seconds

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ISO200, 12 mm, f22, 3 seconds

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ISO200, 12 mm, f22, 3 seconds

But then, even in full dark, the ice can really standout against the night sky.

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So grab your tripod, wrap up warm and wait until the sun sets to really see what ice sculptures look like at their best. The 2013 Lake Louise Ice Festival runs from January 18th through January 27th on the shores of timeless Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta.

 

 

May 27, 2012

Banpo Bridge, Seoul

Banpo Bridge is a major bridge across the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. It has become a popular evening destination for people walking and biking along the river.

Banpo Bridge with Namsan Tower in the distance, ISO160, 32mm, f16, 4 seconds

One of the reasons for Banpo’s popularity is that it sports the world’s longest bridge fountain–10,000 LED nozzles that shoot out 190 tons of water per minute.  Installed in 2009, the fountain launches into public displays each afternoon and evening (at night it is lit up).  So, with the fountain in mind, I headed to the bridge for one of the evening shows just after sunset.

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I have to say I was rather underwhelmed by it–and the musical choices that went along with the 10 minute show.  It just seemed rather bland–especially when compared to any fountain show you can see in Las Vegas or even Disneyland.  But, then I turned my attention away from the bridge, and right next to Banpo are the much more interesting floating islands. Three floating islands have been built on the river–one houses a performance hall, one cultural facilities and one water leisure facilities.  At night they are lit up and viewed from the Banpo Bridge, with the water fountain shooting its jets, the images you can capture become far more interesting visually.

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This image was captured from the deck of the bridge looking out under the fountain and toward the lit up floating island. The lesson from all of this–don’t stay so focused on shooting what you intended, if it doesn’t quite live up to your expectations, move around, check the angles, and find the picture that is waiting there for you.