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Three fronts in one day is a bit much

September 11, 2014 @ 16:01 By: gordon Category: Weather

If you’re sensitive to changes in air pressure, you’ve probably found today’s weather a bit taxing:

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I know I have.

A few pics of the storm

September 05, 2014 @ 16:04 By: gordon Category: Weather

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Unsettled weather

September 05, 2014 @ 15:16 By: gordon Category: Weather

It appears that the weather is a going to be tad unsettled this afternoon:

TAF AMD CYOW 051843Z 0518/0618 20015G25KT P6SM FEW140 BKN210
FM051930 20015G25KT P6SM BKN030 TEMPO 0519/0521 VRB20G30KT 2SM TSRA BR BKN030CB
FM052100 20015G25KT P6SM BKN030 TEMPO 0521/0522 P6SM -SHRA PROB30 0521/0522 VRB20G30KT 2SM TSRA BR BKN030CB
FM060000 21015KT P6SM BKN040 TEMPO 0600/0603 P6SM -SHRA PROB30 0600/0603 VRB20G30KT 2SM TSRA BR BKN030CB
FM060300 21012KT P6SM -SHRA BKN060 OVC240 PROB40 0603/0606 VRB20G40KT 2SM +TSRA BR BKN012 OVC040CB
FM060600 27007KT P6SM BKN030 OVC070 TEMPO 0606/0612 P6SM -SHRA OVC020
BECMG 0616/0618 29012G22KT
RMK NXT FCST BY 052100Z=

In short, that says it’s going to be very windy out of the southwest to west with thunderstorms of varying intensity (hint: +TSRA is a heavy thunderstorm) with light rain thrown in for a bit of variety.

Ick.

A few photos from Day 4 of Les Grands Feux 2014

August 16, 2014 @ 01:04 By: gordon Category: Fireworks, Photography

A quick post with some pictures because I have to be up at the crack of dawn to steer dragonboats tomorrow morning.

Day 4 of Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy saw the team from Sugyp SA representing Switzerland. The weather wasn’t the nicest, but people still came out and the rain held off until after things wrapped up. I enjoyed the show and it’s thrown some uncertainty in my mind as to who will be awarded the Zeus Trophy Saturday evening. (I have my prediction, but I’m going to refrain from saying anything here since I am one of the volunteer photographers at the festival.) ;)

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A few photos from Day 3 of Les Grands Feux 2014

August 11, 2014 @ 08:30 By: gordon Category: Fireworks, Photography

The team from Grupo Luso Pirotecnia were on stage representing Portugal at Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy Saturday evening. From a photography point of view, things went much better: it wasn’t raining, the correct lens was on my camera, and the remote shutter release didn’t jam. The theme was songs from the eighties with a sound track that appealed to a lot of people in the crowd, judging by what I could hear.

Because it wasn’t raining and the smoke wasn’t hanging around, I ended up with a number of photos that you can see after the break. :)

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A few photos from Day 2 of Les Grands Feux 2014

August 09, 2014 @ 14:53 By: gordon Category: Fireworks, Photography

I wrote about the trials and tribulations (and an unexpected surprise) of photographing the fireworks this past Wednesday at Day 2 of Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy in last previous entry, so I’m going to simply post some photos after the break.

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Spark Dancers: An unexpected surprise at Les Grands Feux last Wednesday

August 09, 2014 @ 12:04 By: gordon Category: Fireworks, Photography

This past Wednesday, I shot photos at Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy where the team from Garden City Display Fireworks in Beamsville was representing Canada. From my perspective as a photographer, if it could have gone wrong, it did: It started to rain just as I and the other photographers were getting ready to set up, so we sought shelter under a tent. This meant that we were rushed in getting to our shooting location and were scrambling to get things set up in time. I took a photo to check the framing, which is when I realized that I had the wrong lens on my camera. Normally, I use a 10-20mm wide-angle zoom to give me the widest field of view possible, but I had my 18-200mm zoom on it. Those 8mm make a significant difference in the field of view.

I started shooting photos and made adjustments to the camera to make the best of things. I resigned myself to the fact that some of the effects would be cropped by the smaller field of view.

Over the last few years, I’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of fireworks. Most of them turned out quite well, and I’ve posted the highlights on my blog. In all the years I’ve been taking fireworks photos, I don’t think I’ve ever taken one that has made my jaw drop because of how it turned out.

Until now.

When I did my first cursory review of the photos in Lightroom, I almost rejected it. But when I took a second look, I was stunned by what I’d managed to capture.

Spark Dancers

I think I’m going to call it Spark Dancers.