The industrial side of Montreal: the East End
During a photography night tour with a friend, we scoured the East End of Montreal for interesting sights. After a quick stop at the Olympic Park, we headed further East and came upon the Port and an oil refinery. The refinery seemed to hold quite a bit of potential so we scouted its surroundings to find a decent access for a nice vantage point. We found such an entry point but we had to walk through a really wet field of tall grass in the dark to get closer. I was initially planning to produce HDR images so I shot series of pictures with varying exposure levels. Upon examination of the night’s take, I found that a lot of pictures were not really sharp probably due to the fact that the tripod rested on very soft ground (i.e. mud). So I picked one sharp exposure and post-processed it to produce the top image.
The second image was shot at the Montreal Port on the way back. The port is surprisingly busy at night and it was quite interesting to see the loading and unloading of containers from the cargo ships.
Further North, there are other refineries with flames coming out of high stacks. These seem quite intriguing as targets for night photography. Actually, the whole East End area has a strong industrial past and present so there remains a lot of potential sights to visit for night shots.
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Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk III, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1