Quebec City has a charming European flair and is a paradise for city, landmark and architecture photography that provides the travel photographer with endless photo opportunities. Its most famous monument is the luxury Chateau Frontenac. The castle like building majestically towers over the skyline and can be seen from many corners around town. During my last photo trip I had a chance to photograph the Chateau from many angles in the morning, at twilight and during moonrise at night.
Morning Cityscape Photography: This photo image was taken atop Cap Diamant near the Citadelle. It took an extra effort to make my way out there in the early wee hours but was so worth it to experience a beautiful sunrise over the St. Lawrence River and the historic upper town of Quebec City. The sky was beautifully painted in early morning pink while the street lanterns and Chateau building lighting still provided a wonderful night atmosphere. I incorporated Avenue Saint Denis with its historic buildings in the foreground while the Chateau majestically towered over them. Aperture was set to f/22 providing an exposure time of 3.2 seconds at ISO100.
Twilight Photography: The intimate close up picture of Chateau Frontenac was taken from my hotel room at twilight. A 70-200mm telezoom lens combined with a 1.4x teleconverter got me in close to solely focus on the beauty of this historic landmark in the upper town of Quebec City. I was not able to open the hotel window which is why I set up camera and lens straight against the window. In addition I pulled the window curtain over camera and lens to further avoid any window reflections to be captured in the picture. I chose a Portrait over Landscape Format to cut out harbor lights and other distraction to the right of the image. It also resulted in a more powerful composition than the horizontal one. Aperture was set to f/11 providing an exposure time of 8 seconds at ISO100.
Night Photography with Moon: This last picture was taken from Levis on the banks opposite Quebec City. The small town is connected to Quebec City via a 10 minute ferry ride and provides ample skyline views. The night I explored the photo ops of Levis coincided with the moon rising over Quebec City. It was delightful to witness how the crescent moon actually grew and moved across the city skyline. I frequently had to minimally adjust my location and tripod to place the moon in the composition. I manually focused on the scenery and metered on the moon to not blow it out. Aperture was set to f/5.6 providing an exposure time of 5 seconds at ISO100.