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Powerful sunshine and solar panels

We had our first real snowfall of 2021, and winter really. Its a testament to climate change that here in Ottawa we can get to mid-January before any significant snow and still not be very cold. When I moved here 30 years ago, it was snowing and on the ground in November and stayed until late March/early April; the temperatures were easily -20 celcius or colder throughout January. Here we are January 18, and its the first really cold day at -6 celcius, and the lowest it’ll go is -8.

I don’t mind as much, as the older I get, the less I like the cold.

So after a snowfall of officially 21cm, the sun came out for a spell. As it went down, I was surprised to see the solar lights come on. It was cloudy most of the day, and a good layer of snow covered the solar panels that charge the batteries. Good panels!

The charge only lasted about a half hour though, but it gave me a chance to snap a few light beams from the lamp projected onto the snow.

The Speed of Light

When we went downtown to see the lights on Parliament Hill, I put the X-T1 on the dashboard and set the exposure for a full 15 seconds, stopped down the aperture and kept the ISO low, and shot away as we travelled down the highway.

Of course, I wasn’t driving.

Fuji 10-24 f4 IOS at 10mm, iso 200, f16, 15 seconds

Fuji 10-24 f4 IOS at 10mm, iso 200, f16, 15 seconds

Christmas and such

Ahh the holidays. Christmas. Noel. That time of year when everyone is frantic to get gifts, buy gifts, spend money! Boxing Day!! All the calamity that goes with it.

This year we took some time to remove ourselves from that and went downtown to Parliament Hill. There is always a great display of lights around it and the city in general. As a bonus, it was warm (well, for Ottawa) and no wind.

As usual, a nice display, although I’d like to know who’s idea it was to stick a projection trailer behind the eternal flame. See, there is an eternal flame on Parliament Hill. It would make an awesome photo to have it in the foreground, and the lit up parliament buildings in the background. But someone thought it better to stick a big, white trailer in between the two. Yes, the result (as you see below) is nice. But I think the alternative I mentioned would be better.

Oh well. It was a nice, quiet evening just the same. Shot with a Fuji X-T1 and 10-24 f4 OIS lens.

Parliament Hill