St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel

This is an example of post processing a digital image, showing the original photo on top and the edited version below. Added canvas on the top.  2. Replaced the sky.  3. Removed the car in the left foreground.  4.  Replaced the street markings behind the removed car.  5.  Removed the bus on the right.  6. … Continue reading St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel

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Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, Russia  I found the Hotel Astoria very  interesting.  The bright red awnings caught my eye, and then I noticed the main streets on both sides leading to domed buildings topped with spires.  It took less than a minute to capture the scene on my camera, but several hours of post-processing to create … Continue reading Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg

Russian Reflection

There wasn't much free time to explore St. Petersburg on foot.  But, one time the bus stopped 3-4 blocks from our destination; I felt liberated to see things on my own terms. I caught this beautiful reflection of an old building in the window of a rare modern steel and glass office building.  The old … Continue reading Russian Reflection

2018 World Cup

St. Petersburg's new soccer stadium for the 2018 World Cup.  Night shot taken from the cruise ship.  Slightly different angle from the one taken from the highway bridge(click here).   Thought for the Day:  I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.              … Continue reading 2018 World Cup

Modern St. Petersburg

An overpass near the cruise ship terminal provides a quick peek of the new St. Petersburg, Russia.  The gull-wing structures in the foreground are light poles for the new eight-lane highway built to handle heavy traffic for the 2018 World Cup. Russia is the host country for the 2018 World Cup and St. Petersburg is … Continue reading Modern St. Petersburg