Ray Majoran is a photographer, and the CEO of Bark Communications and Radiant. He lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife Carolyn and daughter Adalai. You can see more of his work by following him on 500px, visiting his portfolio, checking out his and Carolyn’s website, or following him on Twitter.

This article was originally published here, and is being republished with express permission from Ray.

One of the reasons I enjoy photography so much is for the challenges it presents. And on Tuesday, there were challenges aplenty…

We started Day 3 of our family vacation by visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. My plan from a photography perspective was to travel light seeing that we would be coming back for a break before heading downtown. But instead of coming back to rest and reload, we decided to keep trekking.

In planning out the day, I had originally hoped to shoot some elaborate panoramas. But as plans changed, it meant that the majority of my gear was still sitting back at the condo. I was left shooting in bright sunlight on a clear day with my Mark III and Canon 24-70 USM. No tripod, no panoramic head, no polarizing filter, no ND filter, no 50mm and no 14mm wide angle. But as I said at the beginning of the post, one of the best parts about photography is the challenge that it presents.

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I attempted to shoot a few 360-degree panos by hand, but as I found out when I got back to the condo, they didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. Knowing that the panos (without my tripod and panoramic head) were a long shot, I focused on what I did have to work with: a bright sun and an unbelievably reflective cityscape made of steel and glass.

During post-processing, I elected to keep everything in black and white. I believe it tells a better story in the way that it compliments the city’s architecture.

Below are my results.