Writing with Light

The View from Casa Loma

This wasn’t exactly what I had planned to post today. On Saturday evening I assisted a photographer friend of mine who was shooting a Bar Mitzvah. The event took place at Casa Loma which is a spectacular venue. I’ve never been to an evening affair there but I have visited a couple of times during the day.  I was taken aback by the beautiful view of the city from the terraces. The doors to the terrace were locked but I simply couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by. I asked one of the venue staff (in my sweetest voice of course) if she could unlock the doors just for a few minutes later in the evening so that I could photographer the view. At first I was told “no!” I was shocked…since I did ask in the nicest possible manner 🙂 As luck would have it about a half hour later with all the guests eating dinner they opened up access to the terrace for about 5 minutes. So with limited time I mounted my DSLR unto a tripod. Knowing I didn’t have time for too long an exposure I set the ISO to 800 and took 2 shots.

I present to you the view from Casa Loma.

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Toronto, nightscape, CN Tower, Casa Loma, view, Casa Loma Terrace, long exposure

37 responses

  1. Wow!! What a beautiful shot Edith. I have always loved Casa Loma since I was a small child, and we took our boys there a few years back, but I have never been there at night. I’m glad you got the opportunity to capture this shot! It’s stunning!


    November 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    • Thanks so much Cindy. I’ve been there during the day and I’ve looked at the view but at night it really took me by surprise because it was so breath taking.


      November 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

  2. Wow, that’s was quick! You sure created a nice shot, not always easy to have positive respond, isn’t it?


    November 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    • Thanks Anne. No I wasn’t sure how this was going to come out becuase really I wasn’t there to shoot cityscapes so I worked as quickly as i could. 🙂


      November 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

  3. Very nice! Love the trees in the foreground framing the tower.


    November 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

  4. A very beautiful view… especially with the trees in the foreground. Another lesson in photography, to get those remarkable pictures, one has to be brave.


    November 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

  5. Great shot with this peek from the tree line view, Edith. Adds a nice dimension to the overall image.


    November 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

  6. Len

    I am surprised that they refused to open them for you Edith but I am sure glad that you were able to get the shot even if you had mere minutes. Great view.


    November 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    • Thanks Len. I think they originally refused because of the party and they didn’t want the kids to go out there. Once everyone was seated for dinner and out of the area I guess they figured it was safe.


      November 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  7. I hate when venue staff behaves in that manner…sigh. But where theres a will theres a way huh my friend. Excellent capture♥


    November 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

  8. Well worth it, great shot Edith.


    November 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

  9. The trees create the effect of seeing through a lattice – as if this is a privileged view


    November 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Thanks so muc Andy. This used to be a private residence at the turn of last century so in a way this was a privileged view.


      November 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  10. This is a fabulous shot Edith! 🙂


    November 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  11. This is stunning, Edith.
    It absolutely glows!


    November 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  12. This brought back some wonderful memories. I visited Casa Loma about 45 years ago when my high school bad was in a music competition in Toronto. I haven’t been back to Toronto since then but I loved the city then and would love to get back there again some day.


    November 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  13. well used, Edith.


    November 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

  14. Nice Edith, love the lighting in this and the trees in the foreground are nice as well, well done


    November 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  15. Great job using the trees to frame the skyline.


    November 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  16. Really looks terrific Edith!


    November 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  17. What an amazing view, Edith, well seen and perfectly captured! Your patience and perseverance really paid off on this one!


    November 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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  19. Amazing shot! I love how the night colors come out. 🙂


    December 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

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