Canada Day 2014: Fire Works

I decided to shoot the Canada Fire Works for the first time in 25 years or so. Consulting Google maps I decided the the east tip of Victoria Island in the Ottawa River (West of Parliament Hill) had an excellent field of view. This is around 1.1 Km from Major’s Hill where they were being launched from.

IMGP8787Pentax *istD, SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8. ISO 200, 12 seconds @ f:8. Was just a bit wide for there.


Twilight view looking east; showing the Alexandria Bridge in the center, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada light in red, Notre-Dame Basilica twin steeples, and to the right of the bright lights Parliament Hill. The leading edge of the heavy 15 minute rain storm is entering the scene.  The downpour was heavy, but my Pentax is weather sealed, and I took the extra step of covering the tripod mounted camera with a water proof bag. The rain stopped on time for the first launch.  Here are some of my favourites, more will be added when I process all the files.

IMGP8798Pentax *istD, SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8. ISO 200, 6 seconds @ f:8. Shutter dragged.


I decided the SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 was just a little too wide for that position, so I switched to the only other lens I was carrying my ATX Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8, and the rest of the show I shot at the 60mm end. Next time I will simply use my SMC Pentax FA 50mm f:1.4 as it would be the perfect lens for that point of view.


Pentax *istD ATX Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 (at 60mm). ISO 200, 6 seconds @ f:11.
IMGP8802Pentax *istD ATX Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8. ISO 200, 6 seconds @ f:11.


 IMGP8809Pentax *istD ATX Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 (@60mm). ISO 200, 6 seconds @ f:11.




More Canada Day fireworks from last night, quick RAW conversion. With time exposures of fireworks you have to wing it, and hope the entire burst is in the frame. This one was one of the bigger bursts and I was already at the short end of my lens. My guess  a 35mm length would have been perfect here.  


Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada
2 July 2014


About Darrell Larose

I am a highly motivated self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 30 in the professional arena I have always produced. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have worked within various Government photo units, including the Forensic Photo Section of the RCMP, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail.
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