Anyone who knows anything about anything will tell you that to take photos at night you need a very-sensitive-to-light camera or a sniper-steady hand and a longish exposure. But first prize would be a tripod, low ISO (google it if you don’t know what ISO is) and a long exposure to let in the right amount of light for a super-sharp photo with no graininess.
Late last week, while visiting friends in Edmonton, I went downtown to shoot the new Walterdale Bridge. The new Walterdale (not to be confused with the old Walterdale, which was built in 1913) was completed exactly a year ago. Already, it has been instagrammed to death, and can be found under the hashtag walterdalebridge.
As I mentioned in my blog about northern lights, I somewhat foolishly decided not to bring my tripod on this trip to Canuckistan. With shaky hands and a camera with only slightly above average low-light ability, it was impossible for me to produce the same quality shots as so many Instagrammers out there.
These were a few of them (handheld, at 6400 ISO and more grainy than a drizzly Vancouver dawn). Sorry I was struggling to find an appropriate simile just as much as I struggled taking photos that night.
As you would see if you checked out the hashtag on Instagram, these really are just a bad example of the same old angles that have been shot in overabundance. (I mean, really, how many photographic angles can one come up with, short of scaling one of the arches to the top?)
But then I decided to use my strengths – shaky hands… Et voila – my creation of the Walterdale Bridge, which is at least unique, if nothing else. But, honestly, I love it.