The Mariinsky Theatre

Posted by Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 7 January 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture.

I'm back from holidays... Here is a photo from last week inside the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg before the lights went out and the performance started. 3 shots freehand HDR.

vahid from tehran, Iran

Majestic hall, nice shot

7 Jan 2010 6:31am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

You have a very steady hand my friend.

7 Jan 2010 5:26pm

@Ralph Jones: Well, the matching algorithm in Photomatix is super good it seems. :)

Mhélène from Paris, France

A beautiful photo !

7 Jan 2010 5:31pm

The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

Albert, your back!!! I really like your HDR and Tone Mapping shots and this is no exception. Great work.
Isn't Photomatix the greatest $100 one can spend? You can have hours of fun with that product.

7 Jan 2010 6:06pm

@The Big Guy: Hi Big Guy! Thanks for your positive response to my return:) and your comment on my shot. I agree, Photomatix is pure fun.

Florence from Paris, France

I wish you a very nice and happy New Year Albert, first of all.
That's a nice HDR image. Powerful, rich and warm as a theater can be. This is also what I like with HDR. Each and evryone of us has his/her own way to manage HDR post-processing technics. It can be so different from one blog to another. This one is really eye-catching and fascoinating. Well done again.

7 Jan 2010 6:15pm

@Florence: Thanks Florence! All the best for the new year to you too!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Outstanding tone mapping Albert, I'd be overjoyed to produce an image such as this, unfortunately my shortest lens is only 27mm (35mm equivalent.)
Takes your breath away does this!

7 Jan 2010 6:42pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

The theatre is just stunning. The only thing I might try to do is tone it down in the audience just a little. Their faces are as red as the seats and they somewhat vanish into the upholstery. If you wanted to blend them out like that then this is perfect. The focus goes right to the wonderful architecture.

7 Jan 2010 7:04pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks! Good remark, and I agree with you. Actually, the redness of the lower area of the image is already locally decreased in the version you comment on, since also I found the people looking like lobsters from the start. I should have done it more, I will try to make an update of the shot this weekend.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Welcome back, Albert! A stunning HDR creation where the theatre almost feels like it's wrapping around me. Great textures and colors as well.

8 Jan 2010 3:38am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful . Amazing how you composed this image . What a glorious Theater! Beautiful work on it too !

10 Jan 2010 8:18pm

AK from Aruba

Hade fan glömt bort din bilderbok efter julen. Cool bild.

12 Jan 2010 7:50am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique rendu.

30 Jan 2010 8:04pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Magnificent!

14 Feb 2010 5:40pm

Canon EOS 40D
F/3.4
ISO 800
10 mm

indoor
stpetersburg
hdr
russia