Mirrored in the Lake
30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Even on this gloomy morning, the city lights were vibrant as ever. It's nice to step out of the chaos sometimes and look at the bigger picture. In this case that meant driving out to the city's end and glancing back at it from afar, across the waters of Lake Ontario. In frame is the downtown core of the vibrant and diverse urban jungle that is the city of Toronto.
Behind the skyline of colours and lights is a massive town full of car traffic, hurrying pedestrians, and the constant megalopolitan buzz filling every bit of space in between. Which you hardly notice while you're picking up your coffee, racing to make it through the yellow light, or struggling to keep track of all your peripherals while crossing the street to catch a bus. So when you're standing on a pier across the lake, staring at the reflection of this not-so-distant reality, you're suddenly overwhelmed with tranquility, being outside of this cluttered and action packed place...
This may be my favourite spot for a wide-angle cityscape view. Close enough to the core that you can swim across and touch it (hypothetically) but far enough that the buzz of its forever bustling atmosphere is muted. The multi-coloured Lego blocks of condos, banks and hotels are in perfect arrangement from this angle. If you get out here early enough, you'll likely be alone; interrupted only by the sound of birds and a cool breeze over the water. Though there's a slight chance of this serenity being disrupted by the adjacent boat dock, helicopter pad, or everlasting construction zone... But you get the point.
The water that morning was calm, the air super crisp. Wintertime is ideal for these shots - the cool air makes for the clearest view and the most vibrant colours. The slight ripples on the water were blurred by the half-minute exposure, leaving only some streaks on the lake surface, left by the occasional bird touching down. The tower was lit up in its traditional Canadian red and white that morning; of course it's able to take on pretty much any appearance it wants, as you may have seen in some of my other shots of it here. That's another neat spot you can get out (up) to for some perspective and tranquility!
Glowing in the Sky
1 sec, f/8, ISO 100