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

Toronto, Ontario

A time lapse video of the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square and a view of the Toronto skyline at dawn set to a song called Investigative Medium.


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

“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!

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

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.