Thursday, July 01, 2010

Big bang

The hard part of getting fireworks photos is finding a good place to set up. I figure if I got a spot down by the Ottawa River everything would be peachy. Unfortunately when I got to the area near the locks it had been blocked off. I guess the police don't like the thought of thousands of drunks wandering around down there, and I can see their point. I spent a fair amount of time running around, and after a bit of back-and-forthing I set up near the National Arts Centre, on the ramp that leads down to the driveway.

First I took a photo near the Canal. Turned out a bit wide.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

This one was pitched a bit high ... you can already see the smoke building up.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

Then I walked up to the lane itself ... unfortuntely some of the NAC got into this shot and several others.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

Now I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

Another nice one.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

A slightly wider angle to take in the convention centre.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

A nice vertical, but a bit off-centre ...

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

I should have gotten the bicyclist's name.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010


Canada Day Fireworks 2010

The shadowy figure at left was illuminated by successive blasts.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

A whole lot of smoke now.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

If you go to my Flickr stream you can see the fireworks wind down.

Canada Day Fireworks 2010

Next year I'm going to see if I can find a place that's got the Parliament Buildings in the background.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hello Queenie

Okay, so it's not quite July 1, but Victoria Day gets its fireworks too. They're launched from Juliana Park near Dow's Lake. For once being a bit late was a blessing in disguise. I orginally thought the best view would be from the south shore of Dow's Lake. As it turned out the pathway along Colonel By was a better choice.

My first shot seems to be mostly smoke and car lights.

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

That's a little better, albeit not exactly horizontal. And off centre. Oh well, it was hard to tell which knob did what on the tripod in the dark.

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

The settings seem good though ... I think I'll reduce the ISO and bump up the time a bit next time, though.

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

I'm not sure where the squigly thing comes from - some kid's bottle rocket, perhaps?

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

The white things really lit stuff up.

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

I hope they didn't light anything on fire by accident ...

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

Okay, something moved a bit ...

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

And that's all she wrote, except for watching the traffic drive home.

Victoria Day fireworks at Dow's Lake

I'm going to to try to make my next fireworks photos a tad more level ...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside

Well to be honest it's rather mild. We're in the middle of a wet, snowy spell. I got a Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR from my mother for Christmas to take with me when lugging the DSLR around would be inconvenient (i.e. most of the time).

After freezing rain
Near South Keys transit station after freezing rain, Dec. 27, 2009

After freezing rain
Near South Keys transit station after freezing rain, Dec. 27, 2009

I may actually be updating The Other Side of the Shutter more than once a year now ...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Water under the bridge

Looks like it's time for my annual Other Side of the Shutter post. I just got back from Nelson, B.C., where my sister, niece and brother-in-law reside. We had a bit of a family outing to their farmer's market where I perused the local record seller's offerings (nothing too fascinating, except a Swan Records compilation of the Rockin Rebels) and snapped a photograph of nearby Cottonwood Falls.

Cottonwood Falls in Nelson, B.C.
Cottonwood Falls, Nelson, B.C., September 5, 2009

It's a nice place; shame about the graffiti.

Monday, August 04, 2008

One wedding and a flugtag

There wasn't much to do on Sunday. I hadn't heard there was a punk rock show at the New Bayou on Sunday, so instead of listening to The Botched Suicides and folks like that, I decided to go and photograph other stuff just like I'm always threatening to. Like everyone else I'd heard of the Flugtag at the Museum of Civilization, sponsored by a well-known energy drink company with a soft spot for ridiculous sports events (and overpostering). They expected about 30,000 spectators I'm told; it was plain from the crowds streaming over the Alexandria St. Bridge that they got a lot more. I found a place to lock up my bike and found my way through the crowd to a place near the on-ramp. There wasn't a good place to take pictures from, but I did snap a few pictures of the contestants.

I believe this is team Banana Hammock.

Here come the first, pizza-themed contestants.

Everyone had a chance for a 2-minute skit. These guys just ran around and hit one another with their giant hot pepper and wasabi tube.

Ready, set, jump!


The next team had some technical difficulties - a wheel on their cup broke and consequently, it did not runneth over. They only used the glider, which despite its suspiciously aerodynamic appearance had all the handling capabilities of a boulder and went straight into the water.

The cup handlers gamely followed it in.

After that the Gatineau police made everyone move back so they could pretend there was a clear route for the ambulance. I tried to find a decent spot for photos, failed and bicycled home. They had closed the pedestrian walkway over the bridge, there were too many people lingering on the somewhat rickety structure.

As I passed the Congress Centre there was some ruckus - evidently a wedding of some kind, with the groom arriving in style.

The shovel girl has her fingers in her ears because it was quite noisy.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Shoot out the lights

Here's a selection of photographs taken from the grassy slope new the Laurier St. Bridge just across the Rideau Canal from the Department of National Defence. I don't think the framing is as nice as last year, but the turnout ruled out a higher vantage point.

See you next year!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Looking out my back door

More clouds, these viewed from my apartment balcony. The building bottom left houses my insurance broker, Scrivens.

Clouds, Ottawa, June 20, 2007

This picture predates the rainbow below, but I've been busy Bluesfesting , among other activities, and have just gotten around to unmusical photographs just now.