hello darkness, my old friend

scene setting HDR B&W at ISO 400.

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).



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