Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Calgary at Night

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This is not my usual sort of travel photo Thursday blog; but what it does do, is take you on my journey to improve my photography. In this week’s class we spent time shooting Calgary at night – but playing around while we did it – zooming, tilting and panning – then checking out the effects.

We were given a very handy night exposure chart – listing night scenes with ISO, f – stops and shutter speeds, so I had half a chance of getting the correct exposure.

All of these shots were taken in manual focus mode with an ISO of 400 , an aperture of f11 and a shutter speed of between six and eight seconds. I turned the anti vibration off and played with the white balance too – alternating between daylight and tungsten mode.

"The commuter train in action"

The commuter train in action

"Calgary downtown on a January night"

Calgary downtown on a January night

"Zooming in, half way through the exposure"

Zooming in, half way through the exposure

"Panning the camera from top to bottom - half way through the exposure"

Panning the camera from top to bottom - half way through the exposure

"Another zooming shot"

Another zooming shot

"Not many lights turned off"

Not many lights turned off

"Looking east in Calgary - photographed using the daylight setting on the white balance"

Looking east in Calgary - photographed using the daylight setting on the white balance

"Same photograph - tungsten white balance"

Same photograph - tungsten white balance

Have you tried zooming or panning to great effect?

Here is this week’s submission to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandboxa website where Nanci offers a chance every Thursday for fellow travelers to post their favourite photos.

Leigh McAdam
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