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  #58 Passage of Time
Entry 4 of 17
Toronto Skyline 8:30-10:00 p.m.       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 106 points
1/40s, f2.8, ISO 100, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Stitched, smoothed sky transitions with blur, sharpened, resized in GIMP       Extra Info: The Toronto Skyline changes by the minute from Twilight to Night.
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May 21, 2009
I'm not joking...I like your style!

A Kiss from Alby

Jade O.
May 20, 2009
    dodrizzt I'm honoured by your praise coming from one whose photographic abilities I so admire but really, I'm no master. The camera takes most of the credit, as does the CN Tower and Skydome lighting in this shot.

May 19, 2009
    Congrats Jade O.! You've really mastered the night photography, all your night pics have that fantastic exposure and colours... as said, I'm jealous (sanely of course :-) :-)

Jade O.
May 19, 2009
    molti ringraziamenti Alberto!

Thanks akebono. We missed you on this challenge. Wow, Argentina. That's a long way from home!

May 19, 2009
    Congratulations, Jade!

Cheers from Argentina!

May 19, 2009

Jade O.
May 18, 2009
    Thanks, dodrizzt. That's two telling me to avoid the tilt. I'll pay more attention next time. It would have been fun to see your skyline too!

Thanks to all for your votes and especially your comments. Each one is appreciated.

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May 18, 2009
    I'm a little jealous :-) I thought of a similar pic for the theme, but the weather didn't helped my little free time, and also don't have such a nice subject as this skyline. Your pic is gorgeous, lovely colours, perfect exposures, and you resolved very well the transitions in PP. The only thing that bothers me is that the buildings seem to "tilt" to right side a bit, and that makes me feel a little "unconfortable", I keep on tilting my head to look at the pic LOL :-) Anyway, the pic is so good that still is my #2 fav, best of luck!

Jade O.
May 16, 2009
    Mepo. I don't mind and thanks. There are many great vistas in Toronto, and many more for the CN Tower than this one. This view is taken on Front Street just east of Bathurst, in a trendy mini-neighbourhood known as the Portlands (Peter NygÅrd set up shop here) down the street from Old Fort York and a stone's throw from the Ducati motorcycle dealer (www.ducatitoronto.com), which is next door to the Ferrari dealer...

I googled images and here is the sort of vantage point I wish I had for this shot:
Edited on May 17, 2009

May 16, 2009
    This is the best view I've seen of the CN tower. I'm going to plagiarize your view next time I'm in TO - hope you don't mind.

Jade O.
May 15, 2009
    Thanks kjwags. I'd like to try this technique again with a wider panorama and full daylight to night range. Getting a clean wider panorama of the Toronto skyline from ground level will be a challenge though.

May 15, 2009
    Beautiful shot of the Toronto skyline, I like how you have the different times times of evening in single shot to reflect time passing

Jade O.
May 15, 2009
    mrssawyer I'm not sure if adding the time at the bottom of the image is "cheating" since the gradient in light may not otherwise be self-evident which I think it should be to give the full effect to the concept. I actually took photo's 90 seconds apart starting at 7:30, then one minute apart from t 8:30 to 9:30 when the light change was most rapid, then 90 seconds apart for the last half hour. In the end, despite that effort, I only used four images here! The 10:00 p.m. photo started at the extreme right edge and ends just to the left of the smaller lit crane. Given more time to play in PP, I would try overlaying every image from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. shaving a little off the left side of the image with each added layer to create a very smooth transition from day to night unlike here where the sky makes it fairly obvious where one image blends into the next. I just didn't have the time to do that and after taking these photo's worked at the computer until midnight to throw them together before the submission deadline.
Edited on May 15, 2009

Jade O.
May 15, 2009
    rafinmelb Thanks for your detailed analysis. I am pleased to see that my idea of leading you into the photo and then letting you "tour" the City was effective. I was concerned from a compositional standpoint of having no distinct subject since there are two groupings of office towers on the left and condo towers on the right with the CN Tower in the middle. Also there is a skyline but also a foreground (S. v. F.). Then there is the lit CN Tower vs. the lit crane and even a third smaller lit crane at 10:00 p.m. I was also afraid the subtle light changes were too subtle to be noticeable. There is a very very slight tilt to the right and this is another example of where I found correcting the tilt hurt the dynamic quality of the shot. To some degree there is a slight convergence toward the upper middle of the shot due to the perspective of towering structures. The land actually slopes downward toward the right dropping from here about 40 feet to the water's edge on the right (Lake Ontario) which adds to the sense that the photo is leaning. The road edge I am shooting on is elevated from the rail tracks to my right.

The bigger issue is taking a wider panorama. Just out of frame to the left are buildings lining the street. I felt including them would hurt the skyline effect and draw too much road into the center of the image. A better location (perhaps going with my original idea of gaining access to an office tower, or shooting the downtown skyline from the Toronto islands just offshore, would have allowed a more sweeping vista and a longer time variation. I think I properly decided in the end not to go for the full day to night effect (2.5 hours) when shooting from this vantage point.

Jade O.
May 15, 2009
    Una. As you can see in my reply to boar76, I actually spent about 2.5 hours there and discarded the first hour of images.

Jade O.
May 15, 2009
    boar76. This is the concept that really took up all of my time on this challenge. I actually did a different shot first where more of the City lights were on display but I did not have access to a downtown office tower. My first try I took 60 exposures from a tripod all with the same frame timed one minute apart, then discarded the whole group because I did not like the scene. Then I tried this scene working from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a tripod and more of a panorama. If I had time to do it again, I would try shooting in portrait orientation rather than landscape which would have been far more suitable for the concept. The biggest challenge is trying to figure out how to control the lighting to keep an even gradient between daylight and night. I think if I had studied up on the relationship between aperture and shutter speed more I would have been more effective and better able to pull it off.

May 15, 2009
    Good work!
I like it!Nice idea and remarcable endurance!

May 15, 2009
    A very good idea! Did you spend the 1,5h there or did you leave and return? In my TT.

May 14, 2009
    OK, I get it. Very clever. ....and believe me I am going to try to steal this idea. My PP skils may not be up to it but it is worth a try.

Nice scene with the fence line acting to lead us into the city in a particular way and then letting us roam free at its end. Like the diagonal bursts on the lights and the gradation in lighting is subtly and well done. Also some nice colours in the scene.

There seems to be a bit of a tilt to the right which I find a little distracting and I am wondering if the shots could have been taken perhaps a little further apart to enhance the effect even more.

May 14, 2009
    How many photos did you stitch together? Where does the 10:00 photo start?

Jade O.
May 14, 2009
    I only wish I had more time to play with the concept. It was far more difficult to execute than I ever imagined and more time consuming to put together too. I actually started with daylight to night shooting but that was really difficult to portray in an eye pleasing way so I kept narrowing down the range of time until I settled for this.
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