The Old Willson Carbide Mill and a View of Parliament by Max Buchheit

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An Infra-red shot of the Old Wilson Carbide Mill and a view of Parliament, Victoria Island, Ottawa, Canada
August 2008

Canon G2 +Hoya 72 IR filter, HDR -3 frames
HDR processing with Photoshop CS3
© Max Buchheit, 2008

History (thanks to Anneke Dubash ):

“It is the old Willson Carbide Mill. Thomas Willson built it to produce acetylene which is a by-product of calcium carbide. It actually managed to survive the Great Fire [of Ottawa] and later was used to house the RCAF photo and mapping division (during the War).

Apparently, there are tenders to refurbish it but since it stands on territory claimed by the Algonquin [ first nations]…. that is a contentious issue. It is used during ceremonies by the Algonquin."

Max is a semi-retired 60+ boomer science guy, currently living in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Growing up with photography and art in his family, he was self-taught ever since he developed his own films at the age of 13. “I do it for the sheer joy of creating an image regardless of whether it pleases, stuns or provokes”, he says. He likes to experiment and is currently exploring pinhole, Infra-red, panoramic, and high dynamic range photography.

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  • Max Buchheit
    Max Buchheitabout 6 years ago

    I’ve reprocessed this shot in order to post a much larger versio suitable for cards or prints.

  • margotk
    margotkabout 6 years ago

    Excellent shot and composition. The tone gives it a real “old-world” feel.

  • Thank you!

    – Max Buchheit

  • Paul Lavallee
    Paul Lavalleeabout 6 years ago


  • Hey thanks Paul!

    – Max Buchheit

  • JayneLogan
    JayneLoganabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful old building .. lovely shot. Your work is great ..cheers

  • Thank you for the kind words – greatly appreciated.

    – Max Buchheit

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    great composition, beautiful view

  • Max Buchheit
    Max Buchheitabout 6 years ago

    Thank you to all the fans for featuring this one in the HDIR group! A nice surprise after having been away for a while ;-)

  • ratscat
    ratscatalmost 6 years ago

    lovely shot

    (as usual!)


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