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Toronto Cityscape – Foggy Encounter

One of the workshops that Denise Ippolito led for my photography club last month was a sunset/night cityscape shoot. It was cloudy and raining for most of that day so there was no sunset and we almost didn’t have a cityscape. The best place to photograph the Toronto skyline is from Ward’s Island. We boarded the ferry to the island at 5:45pm for the  7 minute or so crossing which would give us plenty of time to walk around and set up for what was supposed to be a 6:50 sunset. As the ferry started moving and I looked across Lake Ontario I realized that I couldn’t see the island. All I could see was thick fog. We arrived at the island and I looked across at Toronto…it wasn’t there. OMG…there goes the workshop. After a few minutes of internal panic, Denise, being the ultimate professional and workshop leader, led us on a walk and help us “see” other beautiful parts of the island that we could photograph. Ok I started to think…this was ok…this was going to workout. Think positive…think positive…as soon as it gets dark and the city lights turn on we’ll have a cityscape….I hope!

Being photographers and knowing that light and conditions can change from minute to minute we set up our tripods by the waterfront and waited. Here’s the view…

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, Ward Island, long exposure, blue hour

….can you see the CN Tower? It’s there…honestly but at least we could now see lights and some of the buildings. We waited and as the minutes passed the fog started to roll out and our beautiful city came into view.  Here’s the progression…

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Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

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40 responses

  1. j’aime ces lumieres de la ville

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

  2. I never thought of a city’s horizon as stunning until this shot!

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

  3. Glad it worked out in the end! I personally like the added element of fog, but I can understand how the workshop might not pan out as result! good stuff Edith!

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

  4. Excellent captured… 🙂

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    November 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

  5. Edith, I think that the fog adds to the drama and mystery of the cityscape. The last image is my favorite. Well done.

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    • Thanks very much Sally. yes I was happy with how the evening and images turned out.

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      November 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

  6. They look great, despite the adverse conditions!

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

  7. Great city skyline photos!

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

  8. The evening shots with the different color of lites…delightful!

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

  9. Love the set! It was definitely worth the wait. Not that you had much of a choice, but with sunsets, it’s always worth waiting till the show is truly over.

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    November 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

  10. Len

    Patience definitely paid off Edith. Lovely shots and the fog adds some great mood. I have to get back to Toronto – it has been a while.

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    November 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • Thanks so much Len. Let me know when you do come out this way. I would live to meet and shoot with you.

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      November 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  11. I think the right amount of fog adds something extra to images like this. I really like the second to last shot with some fog still evident in the skyline.

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    November 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

  12. Stunning!

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    November 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  13. Beautiful photos! Thanks for the memories! I visited Toronto in 2006 and had a great time.

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    November 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  14. These are wonderful, Edith.
    I especially like the second one.

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    November 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  15. This work out well for you all, Edith. So glad of that. I like these shots. The fog always brings a little mood and mystery. Nice work.

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    November 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

  16. Great photos.

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    November 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

  17. LB

    Loved seeing that progression, Edith!

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    November 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  18. Lovely colours in the photos.

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    November 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  19. Beautiful progression to that final shot, Edith

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    November 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

  20. Excellent captured! 🙂

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    November 12, 2013 at 3:18 am

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