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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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Nightcitylights Oct 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks again :D
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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 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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Mazoku85 Sep 11, 2009
Beautiful! I hope to visit St. Basil's in the near future. :heart:
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Nightcitylights Sep 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the comment and :+fav: :)
You won't be disappointed with Moscow ;)
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Nightcitylights Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
:bow:
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:iconeyelightzone:
E.Y.E.C.A.N.D.Y. !!!! :hungry: =D
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Nightcitylights Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it :handshake:
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seccy Aug 8, 2009   Photographer
awesome!!
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