• Wierd metal sculpture installed in this structure. Looks a bit like a guy with a camera to me...
  • My reflection checking exposure. Couldn't get out of the shot...

the underground city

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Fun with HDR. Tone mapped.

Where the underground city emerges into reality...

Those of us who are blessed with living in a climate that's below zero for the bulk of the year understand the joys of the underground. One can walk from one side of downtown montreal to the other without venturing into the cold. This is a fascinating portal into the world beneath the street at montreal's place des arts.

Yes, it's meant to be a little asymetrical.

Marie-Elen Lauzière, Foto Blitz Color, and 40 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Leo Chimaera 109 months ago | reply

    I like the geometry and the cocoon like feeling from this picture... but other then that, there isn't much in the picture that would make me rave for more.

    I am not sure on the cause, but the top part if the picture seem a little bit grainy for me.

    From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 5/7 ranking.

  2. Celtic Dragonfly 109 months ago | reply

    Well I sure had enough to look at! The color is amazing!

    From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 5/7 ranking.

  3. iJohn 109 months ago | reply

    Great eye and i love the tones !
    From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 5.5/7 ranking.

  4. Nuno Leitao [deleted] 109 months ago | reply

    Absolutely wonderful. The lines are just great and the tones are beautiful.

    From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 7/7 ranking.

  5. _ Krystian PHOTOSynthesis (wild-thriving) _ 109 months ago | reply

    Interesting Shot, like a Spacetunnel...

  6. worldwidewebdomination 109 months ago | reply

    The tones are amazing. What really makes the picture stand out is the angle and clostraphobic crop.

    A Favorite!

  7. zrim 109 months ago | reply

    Yes, I love the lines and color. It works for me.

    From the MiRea's Realm Group, you are given a 6/7 ranking.

  8. MiRea 109 months ago | reply


    Ditching the highest and lowest score you get a total of 30 out of 35 in the MiRea's Realm Group.

    There is no higher place your picture ever wanted to be!

    You are invited to post your pic in MiRea's Realm Sanctuary

  9. Debbie Debbie 109 months ago | reply

    Amazing, Oliver! The tones of blue are captivating.

    I don't think I ever notice this structure before. Now, I'll spend weeks searching for it! (I find it very fascinating to see the city through other people's eyes...)

  10. Oliver Lavery 109 months ago | reply

    @Debbie - thanks! It's cool to look at in person, you can literally see people inside place-des-arts walking around...

  11. J-a-x 108 months ago | reply

    Wow cool shot. I've walked through here a million times but never taken a goodpicture of it. I think I tried once but it looked like crap. The HDR really wonders wonders in this scene.

  12. -Antoine- 108 months ago | reply

    The HDR helped to get very vibrant colors, but the composition also shines here. Nice job.

  13. MerlinsMan 108 months ago | reply

    Wow - like something from another world! Congrats. Glad its in the sanctuary where it belongs. ;-))

  14. Chick2006 108 months ago | reply

    Love the colors and perspective.

  15. 3rd foundation 108 months ago | reply

    oh yes! wonderful shot. Instant fav!

  16. SFMONA 107 months ago | reply

    The treatment of the image does relay what you intended. You also accomplished that with the diffusion and reflection of the glass.

    It's fantastic. It looks like a futuristic underground below an urban city.

  17. HUgo Villeneuve 95 months ago | reply

    love the photo! how can I get a high res version?

  18. Sisifosheezy 87 months ago | reply

    Hi, I edit a Montreal culture blog called Midnight Poutine (midnightpoutine.ca). I'd like to invite you to join our Flickr pool (www.flickr.com/groups/midnightpoutine/) since we're always looking for photos to go with our articles. We provide credit and a link to the photog's Flickr page whenever we use an image for our site. It's a great way to gain exposure. We hope to work with you soon!

  19. LeszekZadlo 84 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100 + Viewed Best Architecture Photos (add 1, award 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  20. austinhk 53 months ago | reply

    Great shot, never looked at it from that angle before!

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