Lighting Up the Days & Nights

I look forward to brighter days and spending more time outdoors and connecting with people. One of the things I can’t wait to attend is a waterfront light festival. I love lights and lanterns and as a tribute, here are many of the images I captured on my travels. Some of my favourite scenes are light festivals, holiday lights and lanterns.


Buenos Aires Skyline at Night


Downtown Hamilton, Ontario


Dundurn Castle




Koryo Korean Restaurant and Bar


Soul Sessions


Holiday Lights


Distillery District, Toronto

Lights and Lanterns


Lumina Borealis


A Beautiful Day

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On Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, I grabbed my camera and decided to learn how to do time lapse. Initially, I took a cable release and stood there as the sun started to set. I set my Nikon D7000 on timer with 9 photos per click and 3 second delay between photos. I ended up spending almost 50 minutes. While the sunset was beautiful, I’m sure there was a more efficient way to do time lapse as I’ve seen several examples of night photography with star trails. There are cable releases specifically made to have a timer on them. My camera can also do intervals. You can set how long you want it to run with x number of photos to be taken and how many seconds or minutes you want it to wait between each shot. This is far more effective as I went online to do more research. I was limited to the number of shots I can take since I only had a 16gb SD card and I shot in both RAW and Fine jpeg formats.

Uploading and doing minor edits took a long time but in the end I was happy with what I got. On the fourth try, I took a little more time in ensuring the camera was set perfectly, i.e. focus. It was an oversight. I focused on the subject and switched the lens to manual mode thinking it would help time lapse run smoother. I did learn how to do animated gifs over a year ago and tried to apply the same principles on Photoshop to create a time lapse. I also wanted to compare how much better, or easier it would be to create a time lapse on Lightroom. I found that it was a lot of work to manage all the layers on timeline in Photoshop. At the most for one time lapse, I had about 500 photos and at the very least, I had about 150. On the other hand, Photoshop has a lot of good editing features as well as having a lot of options when converting to a video for rendering. With Lightroom, there is a plugin to create a video. I did see online that there are some extra features if you have it. In this case, I did not. After completing my edits, I went to Slideshow, converted the photos to create a slideshow and exported it as a video. Here are the results:

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A Sunday in Mississauga

Mississauga After Dark

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“The light gradually forsook the deep water, as well as the deeper air, and the gloaming came to the fishes as well as to us, and more dim and gloomy to them, whose day is a perpetual twilight, though sufficiently bright for their weak and watery eyes. Vespers had already rung in many a dim and watery chapel down below, where the shadows of the weeds were extended in length over the sandy floor…. Meanwhile, like a dark evening cloud, we were wafted over the cope of their sky, deepening the shadows on their deluged fields.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Originally derived from the Old English word glum, it refers to twilight. It is related to the word glowun which means to glow, hence “glow of sunrise or sunset.” I have never heard of gloaming until I attended photography class at Ryerson. It is the moment before it becomes dark and gives a glow to an atmosphere that can be flattering, but at the same time gives off a creepiness.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Being a romantic, I’ve always loved sunsets. I didn’t know how to take pictures of them and once tried using the sunset preset on a camera. The settings are not right and my photos look over exposed. The deep reds look washed out. I finally come across Toronto Photographic through meetup. Stephen, the teacher, hosts a sunset series and I sign up. He gives useful tips and even suggests to wait a little past sundown to take pictures. Not quite perfect on the first try but now I know how to take photos of sunsets. Yay, Toronto Photographic!

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I head out camping to Bon Echo Provincial Park a week later and captured this photo just below the campsite. I set my camera on a tripod and gave it a long exposure. The moon has a starburst effect because of this and you can see some stars that look like dirt on the photo.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

These photos are taken from an apartment near Sherbourne and Wellesley with a shorter exposure time.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

And finally, I capture a few more scenes from Stephen’s studio when I return for another workshop.