Britannia Water Purification Plant alongside the Ottawa River (left) and Mud Lake (right). In the distance on the left is downtown Ottawa.
The Ontario side of the Ottawa River at the Deschênes Rapids is the location of several features: the community of Britannia, the Britannia Water Purification Plant (serving the city of Ottawa), the Britannia Yacht Club, and Mud Lake which has become an urban wildlife watching location. Not too far upstream is Britannia Beach, a popular recreation area. The town of Deschênes, which shares the name with the rapids, is on the Quebec side of the river.
Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River. On the opposite side is the town of Deschenes, Quebec. This image is taken from the Ontario side. Shoreline trees are submerge during the spring high water levels.
Mud Lake and the lawns of the Britannia Water Purification Plant
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Overhead view of the rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This image was taken using a camera suspended below a kite line – Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). The person in the picture is yours truly, flying the kite (the kite line has been removed in photoshop).
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Champlain Bridge in the morning. Champlain Bridge in the late fall just after sunrise. Quebec is on the far side. The picture is taken from Bate Island. HDR
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Always double check your settings before launching your camera before launching it for an hour. I believed I had set the camera correctly at home before leaving but was wrong. This session was shot incorrectly at aperture f8 (aperture priority) making shutter speeds considerably slower than I would have preferred. This error resulted in a number of images with slight motion blur making them appear out of focus. They had to be discarded, particularly those when the sun disappeared behind cloud. F4 or lower would have been more appropriate.
This was a group KAP, to coincide with the California KAP weekend. Our part in trying to promote a worldwide KAP weekend and three of us got together: myself,
and Carl (kapercarl)
(Incidentally a Worldwide KAP Weekend did get “off the ground” several weeks later first weekend in May on which I will report later.)
Here are a few of the images harvested this session. These pictures were taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).
Merrickville, Ontario. The Rideau Canal locks can be seen at the centre right of the picture.This is beside the Rideau River.
Ayling’s Marina, Merrickville, Ontario. This is the Rideau River.
Upstream part of the Ayling’s Marina at Merrickville, Ontario.
You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-18 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.
The Deschênes Rapids are in the Ottawa River at the community of Deschênes near Aylmer, Québec. This is directly across the river from Britannia at the yacht club and the filtration plant near Mud Lake. There are some ruins in the rapids between the Quebec shoreline and the large island. These ruins are a popular photographic spot as well as a place for whitewater kayaking (beside the ruins, not through them since there are apparently dangerous hazards including metal rebar). This KAP outing (kite aerial photography) took place from the shoreline near the ruins on the Quebec side of the river.
These are the ruins in the Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is a downstream view to the east of the Ottawa River, with some of suburban Ottawa in the background on the Ontario side of the river:
These are the Deschenes Rapids, divided by a large island and extending across to the Ontario side at Britannia Yacht Club:
Rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is the Ottawa River, near Ottawa, Ontario. Self-portrait plus a piece of the kite line:
This is a view of the Ottawa River looking westwards (upstream) from high overhead the Deschenes Rapids:
You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-15 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.