Category: Night Photography

Night Shooting

The great thing about wide angle lenses is there ability to be handheld at slower shutter speeds, like the 1/15th of a second used for this image taken recently in the Beaches.

Voigtlander Bessa R2M, 25mm/4 Voigtlander lens
Kodak TMax 400 film




When I was in Whistler last week I did not bring a tripod, so when I saw the night scene from my hotel window I had to improvise. A side table, and a couple of books were pressed into service as a makeshift tripod, and luckily I did have my cable release with me, so I was able to complete the 45 second exposure with little or no camera shake. Shooting through the window did make for some weird reflections though.


Hasselblad 500C/M, 150mm/4 Sonnar lens
Rollei Retro 400 film

Night Visions

One of my goals for 2017 is to do more night photography so last night I went with my good friend Bill Smith down to the Beaches to try shooting a test roll of Rollei RPX100, to determine the best exposure. My favourite image is this one, shot with my Hasselblad 500C/M and 50mm/4 Distagon lens. The exposure time was 15 seconds @ f8.


At Night

I tend to not do a lot of night photography, and I really have to change that! It is a real gap in my work. I did do a night shoot the other evening with fellow photographer friend Bill Smith: I love the night time look of the Murphy’s Law pub in Toronto at Queen St / Kingston Road. We set up our cameras on tripods across the street an shot during gaps in the traffic.


Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm/2.8 Planar lens
Lomography 400 C-41 film

Vibration Reduction to the Rescue Again!

I took this image of the harbour in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Wednesday night. Even with the ISO cranked up, the exposure was half a second, and hand-held; I did not have a monopod, let alone a tripod with me, so I was stuck.

The Vibration Reduction on the D90 got me out of the jam, to an extent; it’s not tack sharp, but close enough that it captured what I was looking for.