The Peking Opera

Updated HDR Tutorial

I’ve updated the HDR Tutorial here on the site with a few refinements. I’ll continue to fix up some stray bits here and there over the next few days. Have you never gone through it? It’s a foolproof 6-step guide… for beginners and beyond! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Peking Opera

This opera is like nothing else in the world. This was my second visit to an authentic performance, but the first one in this grand palace of opera. I understand that it had been closed for a long time. I felt honored to be invited to attend the opening night performance of the Peking Opera.

The opera is mesmerizing and confusing event. I had a wonderful assistant with me, and she was able to translate the essence of the story to me. The plot was a classical tragedy told in dance and other-worldly sounding voices. Also I was very fortunate to have carte-blanche and was allowed to take photos anywhere. I used this as much as possible, trying not to make myself an annoyance.

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • I can’t imagine how cool that must have been. I hope to make it to China one day, but have quite a few other places ahead on my list :-).

    Love the reds and golds in this image. So warm and inviting, but also slightly intimidating at the same time. Does that make sense?

  • Z

    Very Nice.

  • Patrick Ahles

    This look so amazing! The warmth of the place!

  • Simon Morris

    Great work Trey, especially with the lighting… always a difficult area to deal with when photographing interiors. You’ve got the balance perfect and sets the mood/scene well, excellent!

  • I think I would need an interpretor too at the opera – even at an English-speaking one 😀 I love the traditional feel of these Oriental buildings. Even their contemporary stuff still manages to have some link to it’s roots which is great especially since I come from a place where the new buildings have no character at all.

  • why does this room look so incredibly tiny Trey?

  • casusan

    What a beautiful building Trey! Love the details in this one!

  • Gail in Montana

    Glad you got to enjoy the opera this time with your assistant translating what was happening, what an experience!!! Lovely photo, a beautiful place!!!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a good week. 🙂

  • What an ornate place. I really like the level of detail.

  • Facial paintings, changing faces, Xingtou (or the opera costumes) and Sheng, Dan, Jing and Cho. I still remember it all. Saw it way back in 1997 but it wasn’t that ornate, though very intriguing and captivating.

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  • The Opera got its own beauty.Its a very traditional way of enjoyment since a long time.

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