Aug 23, 2010

Mirror mirror on the wall

Care for another look inside the Egmont Palace in Brussels?

Egmontpaleis - Spiegelzaal
The spacious Hall of Mirrors runs along the front side of the Palace’s east wing and – in its current form – is the result of several restoration efforts. The parquet floor dates from around  1930, the side paneling in RĂ©gence style was renovated in 1971.

Egmontpaleis - Spiegelzaal
Need I spell out the photographic challenges? On the day of my first visit the sun was blazing through the windows; for my second pass I could benefit from an overcast sky. Once again the HDR approach came to the rescue: I bet you can hardly see which of the above pictures was shot on what day?

Egmontpaleis - Spiegelzaal 
It’s near impossible to capture the true size and scale of such a rich interior. The image above (another HDR of course) was shot with my fish-eye lens and ‘straightened’ in post-processing. With such an extreme wide angle of view, extra care is needed not to include any fellow photographer or a casually left tripod or photo bag, directly or reflecting in one of the many mirrors. Fortunately, I ended up with only one intruder, one small enough to take care of using Lightroom’s spot removal tool.

Egmontpaleis - Spiegelzaal 
There’s so many details to discover and capture here, just look at this small (?) salon at the far end of the Hall. But let’s not hang around forever and leave some for a next occasion, shall we?

Gear notes: D700, 24-70/2.8G, 24/2.8, 16/2.8, 17-35/2.8D

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