I don’t think this race is run any more in the Ottawa area but I have seen it elsewhere. This shot was taken as a print, before the digital days. I scanned it some time ago but I have since reworked it with some digital tweaking in PhotoShop.
I have recently added this image to my storefront at Fine Art America. It is for sale as an art print, canvas print, poster or greeting card. Sales are direct through Fine Art America who handle all arrangements, manufacture and shipping.
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New in my Getty Images portfolio:
Hartwell Locks are on the Rideau Canal system, just upstream from Dow’s Lake in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are next to Carleton University, and many commuting students (bike, skates or on foot) have to cross these locks. The locks throughout the system are manually operated. The Rideau Waterway system extends from Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).
Hartwell Locks are on the Rideau Canal system, just upstream from Dow’s Lake in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are next to Carleton University and the Central Canada Experimental Farm of Agriculture Canada. Many commuting students (bike, skates or on foot) have to cross these locks. The locks throughout the system are manually operated. The Rideau Waterway system extends from Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario.
These photographs were taken using Kite Aerial Photography (KAP).
Overhead view of Hartwell Locks.
A boat going through Hartwell Locks.
Looking north from Hartwell Locks down the Rideau Canal towards Dow’s Lake with the city of Ottawa in the distance. Carleton University is on the right and the Arboretum of the Experimental Farm is on the left.
Looking south down the Rideau Canal from Hartwell Lock. Carleton University is on the left and the Experimental Farm is on the right. In the distance are several residential towers near Hogs Back (Meadowlands Drive and Prince of Wales Drive).
Carleton University and Hartwell Locks on the Rideau Canal system.
The Experimental Farm of Agriculture Canada when viewed from high above Hartwell Locks.
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.
The Rideau Canal system stretches from Ottawa, Ontario to Kingston, Ontario. I’m not sure of the exact length of the canal, but it is 180 km to cycle from Ottawa to Kingston in the annual Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. The city of Ottawa’s existence largely depends on the fact that this was the site chosen for where the canal would join the Ottawa River. For many years, Ottawa laid claim to having the longest outdoor skating rink in the world, stretching from Dow’s Lake to the National Arts Centre (our claim has recently been outclassed by the city of Winnipeg I believe). Weather permitting, the rink is open to recreational skating (and commuting) for several months each winter. The skating rink is one of the main focal points of the annual Winterlude festivities which is an important tourist attraction to the region.
This Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) outing includes pictures taken about 1 week after Winterlude ended for this year. I made several attempts to photograph this site during Winterlude. Twice there was sufficient wind for the kite but not for the camera. Once my remote control’s batteries were drained from being accidentally turned on in my pack sack the day before. On this, my fourth attempt, I also experienced equipment failure with my camera only recording the first 40% of the shots I thought I had taken.
Here are a few images from that outing:
Looking towards Bronson St. Bridge where the skaters go under to continue skating to downtown Ottawa.
Dow’s Lake Pavilion in the distance on the left. The taller building is Adobe.
Wave to the camera:
Overhead shot of snow drifts and people tracks on Dow’s Lake, Ottawa: