All glass and steel: the CDP building
The Caisse de Dépôt et Placement building opened in 2002 in Montreal’s international district. It was a crucial piece of the urban renewal in this area in the early 2000’s.
Although I had never been to the building, I heard that its architecture is very spectacular so when a friend and fellow photographer who works for the CDP secured permission to photograph its interior, I was quite excited. This was back in the Spring but we had to wait for the ugly winter carpets to be removed. Then Summer rolled around and I do not tend to shoot much in the beautiful season. So back to Fall and we were able to go on a beautifully sunny Saturday morning.
The morning sun streaming through the generous glass walls created very sharp contrasts. To soften those, I shot series of 5 to 9 images with varying exposures to be later merged using an HDR software. The vast majority of the images in the gallery use this technique.
The building’s interior is truly spectacular all over from the gigantic glass wall and beautiful outdoor terrace to the cubic hanging trading room and the engraved words reflecting over all surfaces. Each floor offers a different view and a different perspective so we shot from most levels.
I inserted a gallery with all images produced. Please click on the thumbnails to see a larger and sharper version.
Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1