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


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