Ottawa Architecture

Spring time and a walk around Centretown Ottawa with my Pentax K-3II.

Laurier Avenue West, shadow play. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 85mm f:2 prime lens

Switched to my Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Truth, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Justice, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

“CONSTRUCTION” Ornamental Allegoric Bas-relief sculpture were very common. These are in the Art-Deco style, designed by Jacobine Jones in 1937, and represent the Canada’s seven principal industries at the time: fishing, electricity, mining, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and construction.

Bank Street cornice, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

The Shefford on Cooper Street. Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Old & New, St. Peter & St Paul’s Church (1885) and the Lithwick Building (1987) April 23, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens.
Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens


Darrell Larose


February winter’s day walk with the K-3II

Last weekend (February 18th & 20th) weather was well above normal with the mercury hitting 6° I took my new Pentax K-3II on a pleasant walk downtown. Saturday I mounted my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. At Bank Street and Somerset I photographed the colourful crosswalk.


On Laurier Avenue I saw reflections of L’Esplanade Laurier  reflecting in the windows of 269 Laurier …

At Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street I liked the play of light on the majestic Lord Elgin Hotel.


Got to the Laurier Avenue Bridge and watched the skaters and walkers.


I decided to experiment, I did a stacked four exposure composite. I like how it worked out.


A turned my lens to the left as the sun was at the start of the Golden Hour.


In Confederation Park I saw this skull ice sculpture, I closed down 2.3 stops to do the day-to-night technique.


Another ice sculpture, at Marion Dewar Place.


The colourful Winterlude stilt dancer

The Ice Hogs are well loved by the little people.


Monday I switched to my ATX Tokina 60mm~120mm f:2.8 Zoom. I saw this window with reflection at Nepean Street at Elgin Street.


I enjoyed the juxtaposition with a more modern office building.


Metcalfe Street reflections.


More reflections…


Plaza 234 (234 Laurier Avenue West) this is a gleaming stainless steel tower reflecting the Golden Hour


Standard Life Centre Ottawa is a red granite clad twin tower, east of Bank on Laurier Avenue West.


BMO Building 269 Laurier reflected in the Standard Life Centre Ottawa.




Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Ontario

Another outing with the Pentax K-3II

After what seemed like daily cloudy, ice pellets, rain, snow. Ottawa finally had a break from the winter greys. This outing I took my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 with the Pentax Circular Polarizer.


Ghost sign of George Snider’s photo studio that operated around circa 1900.


Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier


Telus Building on Slater Street with Alt Hotel.

_img0745Export Development Building O’Connor Street side.

Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier


Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier.

The Pentax K-3II at 24.35 megapixels gives a fair bit of file overhead so minor perspective corrections that were impossible on my retired Pentax ✩istD.


Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

A walk on a winter’s day with the K-3II

Day 5 with my new Pentax K-3II camera, today the weather was a pleasant winter day at -8°, instead of the -21° we have been “enjoying”. I grabbed my 3 kg Marchioni Brothers Tiltall tripod and mounted my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 Prime lens. I went out for a afternoon walk. On Gloucester & O’Connor Streets I liked the juxtaposition of the stainless steel clad Bank of Canada and the new KPMG building with the old church between them.



On the Laurier Bridge I created a 90 megapixel 4-frame panorama.


While on the bridge, I looked down. I was attracted to the scarred ice surface. I waited until a had three people in a triangular composition.


While shooting I dropped my glove off the bridge, a skater kindly grabbed it and placed in on the canal wall below so I could retrieve it. I went down the stairs to the canal and retrieved move glove, and I liked what the light was doing on the geodesic wall of the Shaw Centre.


A bit of NIK HDR added to the image. I took a series of the structure.




On my way home over Nepean Street and Bank Street to over Kent Street as far as Gladstone was a huge Murder of Crows. Below is a section of them over Florence Street, near Bank. Far too many to count, but clearly hundreds of them.




Darrell Larose


First outing with my Pentax K-3 II

Battery fully charged this morning, it was a nice sunny mild day today in Ottawa.  The mercury touched near 5°, it was a good day to walk about in Centretown Ottawa. I mounted my smc Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 onto my brand new 24.35 megapixel Pentax K-3 II. My trusty 2004 6.1 megapixel  Pentax ✩istD is in semi-retirement, perhaps I’ll convert it to an IR camera. All the following frames are ISO:100 in DNG+jpg raw mode.








NIK HDR effect in post.




I am looking forward to exploring all the features the new camera has. First studio like test.


Now retired, my old Pentax ✩istD, cracked LCD screen cover and all. Shot with the pixel-shift mode that exposes each pixel 4 times. That feature creates a 107 MB file.



Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa After Dark December 2016

Friday December 9th, 2016 I grabbed my ancient 6 lb, (pre-1973) Marchioni Brothers Tiltall tripod, design was later sold to Leitz. This is a much sturdier tripod than my Manfrotto 190QCB/222 joystick head. I wanted to try a few stitched panoramic photos and the 3 way pan head on the Tiltall was a better choice. I only carried my Pentax ✩istD SMC-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, and a Canon RS60-E3 electronic release. Spare batteries and CF card. First while waiting for Parliament Hill to light up, I did a Laurier Avenue West view of Ottawa City Hall.

laurier-pano3 frame panorama, Ottawa City Hall.

elginpanorama2Elgin Street 4 frame panorama.

xmaspanorama1Parliament Hill 3 frame panorama.

imgp1746“Rush Hour” vertical time exposure pan.

imgp1765 Christmas Lights, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
imgp1778Christmas Lights, in camera double-exposure, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

imgp1771Christmas Lights, vertical pan time-exposure, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

Hopefully I’ll have my new dSLR camera body before they shut off the lights in January 2017.


Happy Holidays to all….

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Autumn at Patterson Creek

The leaves are turning and we have frost in the air. Thursday was a wonderful above seasonal fall day, so I took a walk over to Patterson Creek in downtown Ottawa. It will be drained starting Tuesday for the winter.


O’Connor Street Bridge Ottawa, October 7th, 2016. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

In the center of the park is, The O’Connor Street Bridge, a single concrete arch bridge spanning Patterson Creek in the Glebe community, was designed by Canadian architect Francis Conroy Sullivan in 1907. Sullivan was the only Canadian pupil of well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The O’Connor Street Bridge has been designated as an Ontario Heritage Property.


Fall colours reflecting in the water makes for interesting abstracts. Pentax ✩istD SMC-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

But it is Autumn, so fall colours are of interest. All are taken with my Pentax ✩istD SMC-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens. I tend to use backlight in my fall leaf shooting.




This fall we haven’t had the explosion of colour as we had in past autumns, but some colours are intense


Darrell 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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