Apocalypse II @ Royal Palace

The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid), also known as the Palacio de Oriente (English: The East Palace), is the official residence of the King of Spain in the city of Madrid and it is only used for State Ceremonies.

However, King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in in it, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The palace is located on Bailén Street, in the Western part of downtown Madrid, East of the Manzanares River, and is accessible from the Ópera metro station. The palace is partially open to public, except when it is being used for official business.

Apocalypse II @ Royal Palace :: HDR :: BW

Royal Palace, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 8s, ISO 100.  HDR / DRI from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 ..+2 EV ]


Gimme A Rolex

The ‘Edificio Grassy’ is a building located in Gran Vía 1 near Alcalá Street, in Madrid.

It was built between 1916 and 1917. It was constructed on a triangular piece of land, in the same way as the Edificio Metrópolis next to it. Moreover, its architect Eladio Laredo aimed to achieve an architectural similarity between both of them. This trend was respected to a certain extent along Gran Vía.

It comprises two independent buildings, which are joined together by the hall and the patio. Eclectic in its architecture, it boasts a rotunda topped by two superimposed belvederes of Renaissance influence.

Since 1952 it hosts the upscale Grassy Jeweler’s. Its basement also houses a museum of ancient clocks, with remarkable French, German and English items which span from the 16th to the 19th century, conforming an interesting private collection.

The facade of the building is well known for its illuminated advertisements about different brands of watches. For the last decades Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Piaget and Baume et Mercier have enjoyed a preeminent position, easily distinguishable at the entrance of Gran Vía. Currently the sought-after location is occupied by a Rolex sign.

Gimme A Rolex :: HDR :: DRI

Gran Vía near Alcalá Street, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 3.2s, ISO 100.  HDR / DRI from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 ..+2 EV ]

Debod, Exposed By A Photographer

This is a thing that happens in localizations that are so photogenic, you have a lot of photographers within your frame. After waiting several minutes, I decided to use one of them as part of the composition, leaving the horizon line in a diagonal to have more dynamic sense of clouds motion in the sky.

Debod, Exposed By A Photographer :: HDR :: DRI

Templo de Debod, Parque del Oeste, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 8s, ISO 100.  HDR/DRI from 4 exposures @ [-4 EV .. -2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]

Vertical Vertigo

I’ve just taken a Spring break from the blog during a week. I have not shot on the last weeks. So I upload today, one of my old pictures with a new re-edition. An architectural composition from one of the buildings at Campo de las Naciones, Madrid.This was my second Editor’s Pick at HDR Spotting

Vertical Vertigo :: HDR (Revised)

Testa – Sacyr Vallehermoso Building near IFEMA, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 1/40s, ISO 200.  HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]