Toronto. Art and Paul may well have sung about night photography sixty years ago with their Sounds of Silence song in 1964. Mid last century film ASA was very slow – in fact a rating of 200 or so was considered a fast film!
Photos like this night shot, post-snow storm a few years ago (February, 2013) were impossible to take a century or so ago. Films and lenses were too slow; optical stability technology didn’t exist; HDR was for darkrooms and tripods only.
I took this shot with a Sony NEX-6 using a B&W setting, built-in HDR, and ISO 400. Taken at f/4, 1/2 second shutter speed (and I used a tripod – getting too unsteady as I age).