Sunday, December 1, 2013

Redpapth Sugar Refinery

The Redpath Sugar Refinery is just a stone's throw away from where I work. I pass it at least twice on my bike, everyday during the week. The unmistaken smell of burned sugar that often lingers around the area reminds people of its presence. Some like the smell, others find it very offensive. I am neutral. It does not bother me.

Redpath Sugar has been around since 1854. Originally started in Montreal, Quebec, but later merged with Canada Sugar Refining Company in the 1930s. In 1958, Redpath Sugar opened the current refinery in Toronto's Waterfront, where it is still operating today. Sadly, like many Canadian companies with heritage, the Redpath is now owned by an American company.

The Redpath refinery has a museum inside the plant. I haven't been to it, yet. Perhaps it's worth a visit.

Redpath, taken from 17th floor -- Canon 5D Mark II & EF 50mm f1.2L


  1. since you're exploring the FF with this, and ruminating over the Sony with the other I'll play devils advocate and ask: what was the f-stop used? With a distance shot like this if you've used f4 or something smaller diameter then the question is this -> would a 28mm f2.8 stopped down to f4 on your NEX 6 give fungible equivalence with respect to the look of the image?

    reckon it just might

    1. To a gear head, all rational reasoning is out the window :) For shots like this, even a point and shoot would suffice.