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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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Featured by :icondoncaballero: in one of his journals
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:iconleonardokessler:
leonardokessler Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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aeroartist Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful
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aprmason Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Petr,

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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:iconbogdanepure:
BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, mate.
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you man :handshake:
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
THANKS :)
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
It is :)
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:iconmissemeraldeyes:
MissEmeraldEyes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Moscow is such an amazingly beautiful city :love::love::love:
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:iconadida007:
Adida007 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!
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:iconbogdanepure:
BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is what I'm talking about...
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just beautiful
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ovidiupop Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
awesome!
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alloria-sjg Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
This looks amazing!
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:icondoncaballero:
DonCaballero Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Welcome!
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you mate!
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:icondoncaballero:
DonCaballero Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal [link]

Greets!
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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Mikelyjohnsono Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Wow, great timing with the sunset! :thumbsup:
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
:D
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Many thanks!
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Nice work!!!
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh yeh, we have quite many interesting places worth visiting here ;) Russia is such a big country that it's almost impossible to see it all, but one needs to try :D
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Czwartek Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Russian architecture is so amazing! I must visit Russia one day to see it myself. :excited:
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks again :D
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's not perect - I know. City architectural photography is not always easy - you're right. But nevertheless many people like this photo and I can understand why :)
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Wodewose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Exquisite :)
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UNexperienced Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
i have to smiling cause the christmas lightned buildings on left side looks like hand drawing:)
Well, here is visible, how difficult is shoting city architecture cause many disturbing things.I mean right below side and the right side isnt perfect too (tower is too much to right side). But i know U have reasons for that. One must make sometimes compromise.
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the comment and :+fav: :)
You won't be disappointed with Moscow ;)
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Mazoku85 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Beautiful! I hope to visit St. Basil's in the near future. :heart:
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TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Photographer
lol
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
No problem ;)
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:iconthefastfiduciary:
TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Photographer
I will. and you can be my translator :rofl: jk. XD
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome...:)
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it :handshake:
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Many thanks!
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot :bow:
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hmmm... I'll tell them :D
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks :) Come here :D
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:iconnightcitylights:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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YuppiDu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
nice!
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EYELIGHTZONE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
E.Y.E.C.A.N.D.Y. !!!! :hungry: =D
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seccy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009   Photographer
awesome!!
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