On my last night in town, I remembered that I hadn't gone downtown to get pictures of Parliament all lit up. All of my favourite postcards of Parliament at night show the dusk sky in a beautiful indigo colour. So I waited for the sun to start to set, and I got in my car at about 9:00 and drove back to Inner Harbour, while it was still light-dusk. I figured it was getting late enough that traffic on Belleville Street would be non-existant. I could easily pull over, put my flashers on and carefully, methodically start shooting pictures, mess around with apertures & shutter speeds.
I turn off of Blanshard onto Belleville and the closer I get to Government Street, the more traffic and pedestrians there are. While "panic stricken" isn't exactly the right way to describe the way I felt upon observing the scene before me, it was more like, "holy shit you better think quick how you are going to do this." It was too late. I was committed to crossing Govt. St., and passing in front of Parliament. Traffic is heavy in both directions. Pedestrians are spilling off the sidewalks into the traffic lanes. There are still horse & carriage rides clippety clopping along the street between the cars. I was SO screwed. There was nowhere to stop, nowhere to park, and traffic was so heavy, and it was clear that I was going to be stuck for quite some time going straight ahead and being unable to bang down a side street.
As one car & a pedestrian passed me, rolling slow at about 5 mph and right before the next car obstructed my view, I grabbed my digital camera, and shot this picture. I know it looks dark here, but if you click on any of the pics (from any of these posts) it gets larger and you can see the detail. I set it down on the passenger seat, grabbed my film camera, and still rolling slow, shot this one. I don't even really remember having the time to adjust the shutter speed, aperture & focus.
As I drove past, I ended up doing an extremely long detour loop to get away from the traffic jam. I was crestfallen. I shot 2 pictures....from a moving car....with obstructions coming into view as the shutters fell both times. There was just no way they came out. When I got back to the hotel, I was able to view the digital picture and could not believe my eyes. I finally took "the postcard shot" of Parliament with the indigo sky at dusk. Seeing the film version come out just as good is the icing on the cake.