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Moscow: St.Basil's Cathedral by Nightcitylights Moscow: St.Basil's Cathedral by Nightcitylights
Russia, Moscow

The cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, better known as the cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, or St. Basil's cathedral is a multi-tented church on Red Square in Moscow. The cathedral has become the symbol of Moscow and the whole Russia.

It was commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan, and was built in 1555-1561. A legend has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again. In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ (yurodivy Vassily Blazhenny), a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named.

Canon 40D, 70-300, ISO 320, F/10, hand-made HDR from 1/8, 1/3 and 0.8 sec, RAWs.

Some comments about the shooting parameters. I made the ISO level rather high because of the extremely strong wind that affected the image on long exposures. The HDR was hand-made because the 0.8 sec image was quite well except for several places near the light sources and with people. So I used the 1/3 sec image to copy unblurred people and 1/8 sec image for light sources.

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leonardokessler Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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wonderful
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aprmason Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
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Absolutely stunning photo.

Toni.
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Arichy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
как же красиво...
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xXcharbarXx Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
aahhhhhh everything in Russia is so beautiful and colourful lovely picture <3
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LeonJocker Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Love this...Mother Russia
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, mate.
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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