A Reflection of Calgary

Calgary Skyline East Village 2013 facebook - Rob Moses Photography
Camera: 5Diii & 50mm 1.8 MK1 – Settings: 25 seconds (tripod) // f22 // ISO 400

Last weekend I went for a little walk through the East Village and into Inglewood along the the riverside. On my way back downtown I walked by this little pond and immediately pictured this photo in my mind. At the time there was a bit of wind and the water wasn’t quite still, but I imagined with the right weather and time of night a good picture was to be had. I went back a few days later when there wasn’t a lot of wind.

When I showed up to shoot the photo the pond was rather still and I was excited. As I made my way down the embankment to get the right spot for the reflection I wanted I heard some splashing. I stopped setting up and watched the pond for a moment to see what was going on. To my surprise more splashing started to occur and then I saw something swimming around, it was a beaver! Although I found this little beaver to be quite amusing and fun to see, now was not the time. The beaver was creating a lot of unwanted ripples in the water. Also the night was falling fast and my window of opportunity was slipping away for the sky I wanted for my picture. So naturally I decided the best course of action would be to try and reason with this non-english speaking animal haha. “Hey beaver, can you please stop swimming and splashing! I only go so much time to get this shot”. Now as ridiculous as that sounds (a grown man in the dead of night talking to a beaver in a pond), it seemed to have worked. He swam around for another few minutes and finally decided to listen to reason and let me shoot my photo.

Thanks Beaver! 😉



  1. Graffiti Lux and Murals · May 10, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous shot! (Beavers are cute!) 🙂

  2. Photos With Finesse · May 10, 2013

    I’ve always liked the (everchanging) Calgary skyline by night. This is a different perspective – makes the Bow building look enormous. Lovely capture! Glad the beaver cooperated! – Suzan –

    • Rob Moses · May 10, 2013

      Thank you Suzan 🙂 And your right, this angle does indeed make the Bow look enormous! haha. I hope the city keeps buildings big buildings like that. The new ones on 7th should be good.

  3. Pride in Photos Photography · May 10, 2013

    Your skyline is ever so beautiful…you tell a good story my man!

  4. Celia · May 11, 2013

    Yes, which is better, the photo or the story? And what’s more, the story conjures up a completely different picture than what you show. Beautiful skyline!

    • Rob Moses · May 11, 2013

      Thank you Celia! 🙂 It was fun night for sure.

  5. Graffiti Lux and Murals · May 12, 2013

    May I pin this to one of my Pinterest boards? Colour Photographs board. Link back to here and full credit. – Resa

    • Rob Moses · May 12, 2013

      Hey Resa, yes of course you can! Go nuts 😀

  6. anelephantcant · May 12, 2013

    AnElephantCant believe that you thought the beaver would not listen.
    Hush, man, beavers have feelings too!
    Cool story.
    Great shot.

  7. leo brady · May 13, 2013


  8. Minkee Robinson · May 19, 2013

    Love the story, love the picture.

  9. kvjinc · May 26, 2013

    Nice lighting. I like the ‘star’ effect.

  10. Brett · May 27, 2013

    Rob, that’s a brilliant image all around — very nicely done. Like the bit about the beaver as well. Bravo!

    • Rob Moses · May 27, 2013

      Well thank you for saying so Brett 🙂 The beaver was cool for sure haha.

  11. Rebbecca Tomas · June 23, 2013

    Very funny story!

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