Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds flypast

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds flypast, May 2nd, 2017. I forgotten the flypast was weather delayed from Monday May 1st, 2017. I saw a Facebook message at around 10:45 AM that the flypast was delayed until 11:15. So I grabbed my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-M★  300mm f:4 prime telephoto lens. I knew I had just enough time for a brisk walk to a vantage point. I decided on the lookout behind the Supreme Court of Canada building as it would give me a good view regardless of whatever direction the flypast would take. The first pass was west to east directly overhead, and the second pass was north to south.

Armée de l’Air. Airbus A400M “Atlas”. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds 1st flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds  1st. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds 1st. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds  2nd. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

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

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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

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

Green Christmas lights in Ottawa

In Ottawa this time of year the “Blue Hour” is between 4:30-5:00 PM. Although it was +7°C, and not a snowflake in sight. The Canal is not frozen, and had ducks swimming around

IMGP2568Parliament in the “Blue Hour” Pentax ✩istD SMC-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. 4 seconds @ f:22
IMGP2572Parliament lights. Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 35mm f:2.8 prime wide-angle lens. 
IMGP2581Parliament lights. Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. f:11 6 seconds
IMGP2594Parliament lights zoom pull. Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. f:8 2 seconds

 

IMGP2578Parliament zoom pull, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. f:11 at 3 seconds

 

IMGP2599Parliament lights. Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. f:11 16 seconds

 

IMGP2592NAC zoom pull, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. f:11 for 30 seconds

 

IMGP2600Canal reflections, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 wide-angle prime lens. f:11 @ 15 seconds
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Merry Christmas

Darrell Larose
Ottawa