AUGUST 20, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Grand Finale

Saturday was the Grand Finale for Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy. I had a photo pass for the site, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.
Panorama1Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 1/60th second f:11. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 4 frame panoramic stitch.
My chosen vantage point was about 400 metres from the launch raft in the Ottawa River. This put the Ottawa skyline as the background as seen in this 4 frame panorama. As I was very close, I mounted my SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens on to my Pentax ✩istD. In my gadget bag were my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4, and SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lenses and a sturdy Manfrotto 190QCB with #222 Joystick head.
The 50 year old Canadian firm Royal Pyrotechnie presented the Grand Finale show. This is a small selection of my favourites.
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Team Australia won both the Zeus Trophy, and the juried Best Show Award.
Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa,  Canada

AUGUST 17, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Australia

The weather sucked on Saturday August 13th, so I skipped Team Eastonia’s show. Last night I walked the extra mile, yes one more mile to the Québec side of the Macdonald-Cartier Interprovincial Bridge. My chosen vantage point was about 50 metres from the Ontario-Québec border. I decided this angle would have the historical Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge steel truss cantilever bridge, Parliament Hill and the Ottawa-Gatineau skyline as my background, bonus was the Ottawa River and the flotilla of small boats in the foreground.

I carried my trusty Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4, and SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lenses. My sturdy Manfrotto 190QCB with #222 Joystick head tossed over my shoulder as I walked the 500 metres to my chosen spot along the bridge. This placed me around 900 metres downstream of the launch barge.

IMGP0267Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0294Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0295 Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0301Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0303Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

IMGP0306Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11. This effect is created by starting out with my 50mm lens focused to minimum distance (18″) and racked to infinity (∞) during the time exposure. This is a hit or miss method, but can yield interesting results.

IMGP0316Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens, 4-6 seconds f:11.

The 2016 Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy winds up on Saturday and I’ll be shooting from the media area at the Museum of History so my Ultra-Wide SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime will be my lens of choice.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3

Doors can be interesting.  While wondering about downtown these doors caught my attention.

Gold-doorThis former bank main branch, has gold (ok brass) doors. Gold Door, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime.

 

Oak-DoorThis turn of the century apartment block has oak, brass and glass. Oak Door, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens.

Red-doorAnd finally this red loading bay door on an industrial building. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime.

There is always something to see and photograph.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

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AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands

AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands (Holland). Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.
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I’ll be shooting again on Saturday for Team Estonia show.
Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada
© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.

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I’ll be shooting again on Wednesday for Team Netherlands show.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

Stingers

Back to the Sunflower patch, breeze was lighter today, than yesterday. I was looking at stinging insects, the blooms were visited by Honeybees, Paper Wasps, mud Daupers and Bumblebees. First is a very abstract image.

IMGP0026The flight of the Bumblebee, abstract.  Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0020Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens, flash fill.

I added my 2X teleconverter and was able to get more magnification on the busy little bee.

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Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

I also photographed 3 different species of wasps, first was the Black and yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron caementarium).

IMGP9991Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0057Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Next up is the European paper wasp (Polistes dominula), an introduced species.

IMGP0005Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0013Business end, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0003Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Now the native Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus), not very thin yellow bands and black antennae.

IMGP0039Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Went back today, and found these guys. One bee one fly. IMGP0072Bumblebee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0063Common greenbottle, (Lucilia sericata), July 24, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

 

I should look into replacing my well worn 50mm f:4 macro lens (1:2) with a 100mm f:2.8 version, as it will increase my working distance and will give me 1:1 or 2:1 with my 2X mounted.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa

Busy as a Bee

I was checking out the Sunflowers, and saw the Bumblebees hard at work. I mounted my old SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens (1:2) lens.

IMGP9901 Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 18, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

IMGP9903Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

I repeated the shoot the very next day, but I added my Pentax T6-2X Teleconverter to the kit giving me an equivalent to a 100mm f:8 (1:1) lens. I used some fill-flash .

IMGP9936 July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9918July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9938July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

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July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

One needs patience and luck because at macro ranges the slightest breeze moves the flowers and the bee wanders around. I really should update my Macro lens, as it’s an f:4 and is only a 1:2 macro. A 90 or 100mm f:2.8 would be more useful for this work.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Sunny Sunday

Today was a lovely sunny Sunday, locally the Sunflowers and Day Lilies are in bloom.

IMGP9863 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9865Sunflower peek-a-boo, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9877 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9886Day Lily, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9887Fly, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

2016 Canada Day Fireworks

On Canada Day, I like to avoid the crowds in downtown, so I wander over to Victoria Island. This places me 800 metres from the launch point. All photos © Darrell Larose, all rights reserved. I shot in RAW (Pentax PEF), and during post I set the white balance to 3400° Kelvin as it renders the fireworks more accurately. I used to shoot fireworks with Kodachrome Type A Tungsten film.

IMGP9754Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9756I pulled the focus during exposure, Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9770Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9775Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9778Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9780Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9781Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9784Abstract created by pulling focus during the 6 second time exposure, Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9788Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9798Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9799Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9801Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9802Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9812Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

My next fireworks shoots will be in early August.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Dancing Flora

One of the little used features of my antique Pentax ✩istD dSLR camera, was it has the ability to do in-camera multiple exposures. I can do up 9 exposures in a single frame. Trick with a multi exposure, is you reduce the exposure by one stop per frame, so a double-exposure you close the lens down by 1 full stop.

My first attempt was these Spring Beauties, 3 exposure frame of this grouping.

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I was hand holding to enhance the dance.  I did one frame way out of focus, and 2 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect. Next is a 4 exposure, and was slightly overexposed for a more airy effect. I enjoy how it looks like dragonflies in flight.

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I was hand holding hence the solid unmoving wall is repeated. The tulips I did one frame way out of focus, and 3 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect.

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A slight exposure adjustment with a 5 exposure image first and third frame out of focus like one does for the Orton Effect.

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Now I did a triple exposure one frame out of focus, with the following exposures adjusted on different blooms.

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Finally I noticed my Ferns were being shaking by my air conditioner exhaust.  I liked the visual effect so I went with a 4 frame exposure I focused on the frond in each layer. I added a bit of grain with Photoshop CS6.

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Overall there is some hit-and-miss with this technique, but when the image works it becomes magic.
Darrell A. Larose
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