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Winter's Architecture - Chutes de Plaisance / Plaisance Falls by Yannik Hay

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The Chutes de Plaisance, or Plaisance Falls, are located about five kilometres north of the village of Plaisance, along Route 148. An exceptional natural and historic site, for over a century, the falls were the site of a thriving mill town known as North Nation Mills.

In its heyday in the late 1800s, North Nation Mills boasted over 300 residents. Most of them worked at the large sawmill that was powered by the raging torrent of the Plaisance Falls. The village that grew up around the mill had a general store (owned by the mill), churches, a schoolhouse, a cheese factory — all kinds of activity, in fact. But all of that is gone now; and the site is virtually a ghost town.

Established at the very beginning of the 19th century, the mills (and falls) changed hands several times over the next century. Joseph Papineau (the father of Louis-Joseph Papineau, the politician) was the first person to develop the site. Following him, it passed to a series of different owners, until it was purchased by the W. C. Edwards Company. In the 1920s, the site was acquired by the Gatineau Power Company so that that company could build a hydro-electric plant. It was at this time that most of the buildings in the village were demolished or relocated. Tests were conducted by the company on the rock around the falls, and surprisingly, the site was deemed inappropriate for the installation of a power plant. The project was abandoned. Author: Matthew Farfan

Location: Plaisance Falls, Plaisance, Qc. Canada
Date: 2012-01-28
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO: 640
Shutter Priority: 1/800 sec.
Aperture priority: F/6,3
Metering Mode: Spot
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm@208mm
Lightroom 3,3 Photoshop CS5 64 bits for Mac – Camera Raw 6,6

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    magnifique! toi tu n’as pas peur de sortir la caméra l’hiver… honte à moi! lol

  • Un grand merci Manon :) Il faisait doux hier ;)

    – Yannik Hay

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture and details, Yannik!

  • Thank you deb, I’m pleased that you enjoyed it :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thank you ann :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Francis :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    Great work :)

  • Thank you very much Julie, I’m pleased that you enjoyed it :)

    – Yannik Hay

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