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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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seccy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009   Photographer
awesome!!
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Many thanks!
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Another great photograph! Keep up the amazing work. Added to Church Collection here [link]
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot :bow:
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome...:)
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
They really should pay you for shooting photo's like this... :clap:
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hmmm... I'll tell them :D
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TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Photographer
Beautiful, I wanna go back to my Motherland! xD
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks :) Come here :D
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TheFastFiduciary Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Photographer
I will. and you can be my translator :rofl: jk. XD
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