Commerce Court | September 13, 2006

I've never done any real night photography before, but a few weeks ago the Toronto Photography Meet-up Group organized an outing and managed to get us permission to shoot inside Commerce Court. Shooting on film is especially challenging at night, where due to many factors (film reciprocity among them) exposure is a crapshoot to a night-shooting amateur like myself. That being said, I am very happy with the resulting pictures and I'll be posting them over the next few weeks.

In case anyone's wondering, this is a 10 second exposure at f/16 on Kodak Ultracolor 100 film, shot with my Nikon 24-85 at 24mm with very minor corrections to colour in Photoshop.

UPDATE: This image used for an article on blogTO.


comment by chantal on September 13, 2006, 8:36 PM

Wow, this is beautiful! Well done, especially for your first time really getting into night-photos. I'm really impressed, the exposure is perfect. When I do night shots, I always sort of guess at exposure times...and bracket....did you do any metering?---or just educated guessing?

comment by 24by36 on September 13, 2006, 11:00 PM

Chantal: I used my Nikon F80's matrix metering and dialed in -1.5 stops of compensation. I bracketed as well, but the first shot turned out best. Shooting on print film helped as it gives me a couple of stops of latitude but I didn't even consider reciprocity until much later. Next time I'll switch to spot metering, but the fact that these shots look fine give me lots of faith in the camera's matrix metering.

comment by Ashish Sidapara on September 14, 2006, 11:32 AM

Thats a superb shot, i just love the exposure. And yes, Matrix metering is very reliable in vivid lighting.

comment by Gavin on September 24, 2006, 4:49 PM

Wow, Amazing. Love the composition and colour. I'll really have to get out my film camera again sometime.

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