Les grands feux du Casino du Lac‑Leamy : August 13, Switzerland

Wednesday August 13, 2014, was  Switzerland’s entry in Les grands feux du Casino du Lac‑Leamy. I had good success  previously from Victoria Island in the Ottawa River (West of Parliament Hill) had an excellent field of view.  This is around 800 metres from the raft 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. Pretty much the same view, as on Canada Day.

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I alternated between my  SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 and my SMC Pentax FA 50mm f:1.4. With my Pentax *istD firmly mounted on my Manfrotto tripod and Manfrotto head.  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. A remote cable release is vital so you don’t shake the camera during the 6-12 second exposures.

Tonight, if the weather holds, I will be trying a spot that’s closer to the launch raft.


Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada
16 August 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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