Toronto Skyline Panorama: Photo of the Week

I know, this segment is starting to turn in to the skyline of the week.  I have to say, in returning to North America the idea of shooting skylines was something that I was really looking forward to.  Aside from Panama City, and to a lesser degree Buenos Aires, there just aren’t a whole lot of great skylines in Latin America.  As such, shooting skylines like Manhattan last week, and then Toronto yesterday has been an absolute treat.  In the end, I think that I actually prefer the Toronto skyline to that of Manhattan.  Toronto’s skyline just seems to have more pop to it since there are buildings of all size.  New York’s Skyline is massive, and as impressive as anywhere in the world.  However, the contrast of buildings, and the inclusion of buildings like the skydome and the CN Tower, make the Toronto skyline more impressive in my opinion.

As you can see, the Toronto skyline at the moment is very green and red for Christmas which added a whole new dimension to the image.  As is the case with most of my best photos you can buy a print of the Toronto skyline on my imagekind page.  This skyline image is stitched together from a number of other images meaning it can be blown up to a massive poster.  The image is a 76 Megapixel photo.  You can buy the Toronto Skyline Print here.

Christmas Skyline

How I Got this Shot

One word: patience.  I was out on Toronto Island Park which I had been told was the place to get photos of the skyline.  I wandered the island for a while looking for a nice angle as well as some other shots to take.  Eventually I found what I thought would be the perfect location.  The only problem was I got there about an hour and a bit before the right light.  I was bored, and had have a mind to keep moving, but I knew that this would be the best spot so I waited out the light.  In the end, I got about 15 minutes of really great light which let me capture these images.  The right light, often isn’t something we can see with our eyes at first.  If you’re shooting a skyline wait until about 20 minutes after the sun has gone down and you’ll see the sky go purple; that is the light you want to photograph.  Once you see this light once you’ll always be able to see it.

Also, this image of the Toronto skyline isn’t just one image it is a stitched panorama with the shots taken vertically rather than horizontally.  I took all the images on the manual setting as to not get strange exposures and shot the images at f/9 and 13 seconds worth of exposure.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Awesome shot Brendan. We have the exact same photo I think but during the day time.

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    • @Cole – I stole your location haha

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    • Thanks Stacie

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