AUGUST 20, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Grand Finale

Saturday was the Grand Finale for Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy. I had a photo pass for the site, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.
Panorama1Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 1/60th second f:11. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 4 frame panoramic stitch.
My chosen vantage point was about 400 metres from the launch raft in the Ottawa River. This put the Ottawa skyline as the background as seen in this 4 frame panorama. As I was very close, I mounted my SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens on to my Pentax ✩istD. In my gadget bag were my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4, and SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lenses and a sturdy Manfrotto 190QCB with #222 Joystick head.
The 50 year old Canadian firm Royal Pyrotechnie presented the Grand Finale show. This is a small selection of my favourites.
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Team Australia won both the Zeus Trophy, and the juried Best Show Award.
Darrell A. 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

AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands

AUGUST 10, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team Netherlands (Holland). Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.
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I’ll be shooting again on Saturday for Team Estonia show.
Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada
© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China

AUGUST 6, 2016, Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy fireworks: Team China. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4.6 seconds f:16. I met up with a handful of local photographers. Most are with my 50mm prime, and a few with my 35mm prime. I like to set my White Balance to 3400K.

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I’ll be shooting again on Wednesday for Team Netherlands show.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

© 2016 Darrell Larose, all rights reserved.

2016 Canada Day Fireworks

On Canada Day, I like to avoid the crowds in downtown, so I wander over to Victoria Island. This places me 800 metres from the launch point. All photos © Darrell Larose, all rights reserved. I shot in RAW (Pentax PEF), and during post I set the white balance to 3400° Kelvin as it renders the fireworks more accurately. I used to shoot fireworks with Kodachrome Type A Tungsten film.

IMGP9754Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9756I pulled the focus during exposure, Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9770Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9775Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

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IMGP9784Abstract created by pulling focus during the 6 second time exposure, Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9788Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9798Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9799Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

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IMGP9802Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9812Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

My next fireworks shoots will be in early August.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy: Grand Finale: Saturday August 22, 2015

Tonight for the Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy, Grand Finale I went to the lookout in Major’s Hill Park. This vantage point is around 500 metres from the launch barge. A more crowded venue than my previous shooting sites. I was so close I was able to use my 14mm prime lens.

Last year’s Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy Zeus Award winner, Royal Pyrotechnics from St-Pie a small village in the Montérégie in the Province of Québec, was invited to create the high power Grand Finale.

 

Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16   ©2015, Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16 ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16   ©2015, Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16 ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16   ©2015, Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16 ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16   ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16 ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16   ©2015, Darrell Larose
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-6 seconds f:16 ©2015, Darrell Larose

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy: Venezuela: Wednesday August 19, 2015

Last night was the 4th installment of Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy, it was Venezuela’s turn. I went to a new shooting location to include a few of Ottawa’s landmarks in the scene.

While waiting…

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Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

Peace Tower with blue spot lights, Rideau Canal at dusk. While waiting for Venezuela to lit the sky. A few minutes later the search lights sent up beams behind the Parliament Buildings.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 7.6 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

After three test shots, the show started.

 

Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
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Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16  © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

I swapped out my 35mm prime for my 50mm f:1.4 prime. I really like the cascade type of fireworks.

Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.
Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 3-5 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

 

I do note that the Casino du Lac‑Leamy has retweeted several of my photos, and has liked some on Facebook. I was busy on Google Maps looking for a shooting venue for Saturday evening’s Garnd Finale.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa

 

Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy Greece’s entry. Saturday August 15, 2015

The third day of Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy, today was Greece.  Saturday August 15, 2015.  Back to Victoria Island in the Ottawa River, 900 metres west of the launch point. Saturday I’ll scout out another spot.

Les grands feux Casino du Lac‑Leamy Greece’s entry. Saturday August 15, 2015. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6-8 seconds f:16 © Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa