Les grands feux du Casino du Lac‑Leamy : August 16, Grand Finale Show

Braving the low hanging clouds, and a sky the colour of aged pewter, I heading out for the final Fireworks display of the festival.  My new venue was outstanding, with an excellent sight line. I will fully compliment the on-duty R.C.M.P. Officers for their courtesy and professionalism. We are indeed fortunate in Canada that our Federal Government buildings and grounds are open to the public.elevated

Yes you are seeing fall colours in the foreground. As darkness flowed in…



Québec’s Royal Pyrotechnie (Saint-Pie, Québec) created the Grand Finale of Les grands feux du Casino du Lac‑Leamy. I had good success on Canada Day on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River (West of Parliament Hill) for shows by Portugal and Switzerland. had an excellent field of view at river level. Tonight I selected a new elevated (230′ above the river) and about 800 metres from the raft where they were being launched from.


I started with my SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8, but switched to my SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 the only other lens I was carrying was my SMC Pentax FA 50mm f:1.4. The 50mm was too long for tonight’s vantage point. The low cloud ceiling at below 2,000′ so the cloud held the smoke in. As my friend commented; “.. pay no attention to the show behind the smoke…”


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. Shutter drag technique, 8-12 seconds @f:22.




Darrell  Larose
Ottawa, Canada
16 August 2014


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