A Photo In The Life Of

A Photo In the Life Of is a weekly photo blog written by Larry Lewis. Topics include photo opportunities, past and present, product reviews and other topics of interest to photographers and photo lovers.

You never know until you know.

Photo shoots often don't turn out as expected but that's not a reason to stop shooting.

Rosetta McClean Park, Scarborough, Canada

Earlier this year some friends and I ventured to Detroit for 2 days of urban exploration and photography. Due to circumstances beyond our control we only spent 1 day in Detroit. Rather than go home or stay at the hotel the second day we walked and photographed the Windsor waterfront and downtown core. This unplanned day produced some exceptional images, 2 of which are among the best received on 500px.com that I have submitted.    

This past Sunday night I planned on photographing the moon. That night was a special night for photographing the moon for 2 reasons. First, this moon was a supermoon. (It's orbit brought it closest to the Earth, making it look particularly large in the sky.) Second, there was a lunar eclipse which was part of a tetrad. Tetrads can happen a couple of times in a century, or they can make themselves very rare, skipping over a few centuries.

I did my homework, checking the timing of the moon's appearance and trajectory in the sky.  I chose The Scarborough Bluffs to shoot from, hoping to possibly get some interesting reflections and colour over Lake Ontario. I headed down to The Bluffs at the appropriate time but regrettably it was cloudy.

Because the clouds were thin with small breaks I stayed out with my camera trained on where the moon should be, hoping that it may peak through the clouds at an opportune moment. The moment never came. 

On my way to the planned vantage point I took the time to take some images. As well, to kill some time I did some shooting of the night sky while I waited for the moment that never came. I've featured a few of the shots from my night.


All pictures images were shot with my Canon 5D MkII DSLR with 17-40mm and 70-200mm lenses. All shots were taken with the aid of a tripod. The images were taken using a variety of techniques. For some I used lower ISO settings with slower shutter speeds creating more of a softer, wispy effect. Other images were shot with a higher ISO setting, increasing the light sensitivity of the camera sensor allowing for faster shutter speeds, stopping the action of the clouds and creating a sharper effect. When shooting the night skies it is fun to play with the settings of your camera for different effects.

I'm quite happy with the results of my night of shooting, although I would have preferred to shoot my intended subject. I've been surfing the internet for the last couple of days, viewing the impressive results of other photographers that did not have cloud issues. By the time I got home I had taken 50 images and in the coming days and weeks I'll review the images and learn from how I shot the images and the results I received. I suppose the moral of the story, as is often the case, is to keep shooting, 

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