The industrial side of Montreal: the East End

Refinery

Refinery

Port

Port

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.

Please click on images for larger versions.

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk III, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1

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6 thoughts on “The industrial side of Montreal: the East End

    • I like it too. I find it quite relaxing to be standing in a field with essentially all the time in the world to create a shot. There must be some interesting sites in Ottawa as well but I guess Montreal is larger and more industrially based.

  1. That’s what I’m talking about. You can’t overlook the heavy industrial parts of a city. There is adventure and underappreciated life, culture and subject matter there.

    Great long exposure.

    • Thanx Allan. I totally agree. The industrial sites, past and present, are probably among the most interesting subjects for me. And adventure is right because sometimes it requires a bit of looking around or social engineering to gain access…

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