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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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:icondoncaballero:
DonCaballero Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal [link]

Greets!
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you mate!
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DonCaballero Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Welcome!
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Mikelyjohnsono Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Wow, great timing with the sunset! :thumbsup:
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Nice work!!!
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Many thanks!
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JoyfulColor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
: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 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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