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Reflections and other light artifacts

This is a surprising image that I took while eating dinner out at a restaurant last weekend down on College St. in Toronto.  I call is surprising because, while I was planning for certain elements, I didn’t count on the level of layers that the final image presented.

My original intention was a very simple, long exposure that would capture the cars’ lights as they passed by on the street.  I had also planned to include the light from the lamp post to ground the image and was only hoping for enough residual light to provide some detail to the background store fronts to define the street scene.  The surprise for me was how well lit the background ended  up being and the additional reflections from the window that I was shooting through that provided some awesome fill images in the shadowy areas of the original composition.

The resulting image included 4 layers of visual elements that add much more depth to the photo than I had originally planned. Sometimes you can count on a little bit of luck to be on your side when you initially take the time to think through a shot.

  • Lens: 50mm f1.8
  • Aperture: f16
  • Exposure: 4 sec
  • ISO: 200


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Posted: February 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm