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

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.

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

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Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier

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Telus Building on Slater Street with Alt Hotel.

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Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

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The air temperature was hovering slightly below zero Celcius, a few flurries occurred throughout the day. I have seen a few snow flakes during the past week or slightly more. Today the sidewalks, laneways and parked cars were cold enough for the snow to actually stick. The ground is still not frozen, so we see snow on walkways and driveways, but most lawns are bare.

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Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada.