Shooting from a penthouse in Downtown Toronto

Shooting from a penthouse in Downtown Toronto

This is a long overdue post since the images were shot back in March. I got access to one of the (unoccupied) penthouse suites in my previous building to shoot for a client. The client ended up not buying any of the shots, but I did get a few nice shots.

The building is on the west side of Downtown Toronto, so all the images are looking somewhat to the East. Unfortunately, I had to be accompanied by the realtor at all times, so I could not shoot at sunset or dusk. I still had a blast shooting from the 49th floor!

Above The Jungle | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Above The Jungle | Downtown – Toronto, ON

I had a 180° view, from the lake to the South to the growing neighborhoods north of Downtown (as seen below). It was March, so still very cold, though not much snow.

Concrete Jungle | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Concrete Jungle | Downtown – Toronto, ON

Being on a balcony on the 49th floor, I had to be careful. The wind is pretty strong at that height and I didn’t want anything to fall, so I secured my camera and my tripod against the balcony railing. I would always step away from the edge when changing lenses and things like that.

I don’t like perspective distortion (when vertical lines converge), so I tried not to shoot downwards too much. It’s harder to do at wider angles, but easy to manage when zooming in. I did apply perspective correction in Lightroom.

Golden Southcore | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Golden Southcore | Downtown – Toronto, ON

While wide-angle shots are great to show how tall and big the city is, close shots can highlight a specific neighborhood or building.

Southcore Evening | Downtown - Toronto, ON

Southcore Evening | Downtown – Toronto, ON

I always enjoy shooting from high vantage points, especially when it gives you sweeping views like these. I’m going to try to get access to more locations like this over coming months. Stay tuned!

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