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.

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On Laurier Avenue I saw reflections of L’Esplanade Laurier  reflecting in the windows of 269 Laurier …
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At Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street I liked the play of light on the majestic Lord Elgin Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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Another ice sculpture, at Marion Dewar Place.

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The colourful Winterlude stilt dancer
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The Ice Hogs are well loved by the little people.

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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.

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I enjoyed the juxtaposition with a more modern office building.

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Metcalfe Street reflections.

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More reflections…

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

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

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

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Ontario

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.

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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

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.

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

IMGP9778Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9780Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

IMGP9781Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

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

IMGP9801Canada Day 2016 Fireworks, Victoria Island. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 6 seconds f:16

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

Spring heat wave

The mercury has hit 30° plus the past few days in Ottawa. With this instant summer flowers have burst open. We had a light shower and I saw these irises catching nature’s spotlight from a shaft of sunlight that poked a hole in the clouds.

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Iris after a spring shower, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens.  © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris after the rain, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa. Two days later and that Poppy was in full glory.

 

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Poppy, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

More Irises have opened today…

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa. Meanwhile on the Peony a Ladybug and Ant are exploring the bud.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose.  I looked down the laneway and saw the Ferns dancing in the spring breeze. So I set my dSLR for a 4 frame in camera multiple exposure. This captured what I felt when I saw the Fern.

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada