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From Russia with Love
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Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-29
Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/32
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-09 6:07
Viewed: 4868
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cliche title for a cliche photo, but sometimes there is no better choice. During my 4 days stay in Moscow, i went to the bridge everyday and have many versions of this view. The last day i was finally there during the blue hour and managed to take this view as a result of 20 sec.s exposure. I made use of the bridge as a tripod.

The Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation (source:wiki).

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Well color balance, good composition, bright light and exact POV everything you managed perfectly.

regards stamatis

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24956 W: 520 N: 42080] (180362)
  • [2014-08-09 6:39]

Hello Deniz,

You took these picture in the heart from Moscow Kremlin with the historic fortified complex at of Moscow.
I like the choice of your angle this create depth and perspective.
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Very well composition, nice presentation too.
Nice done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

A stunning postcard, Deniz, of an obviously challenging scene, The multiplicity of light sources may mean that we just have to accept that some of them will be overexposed and some will be underexposed, and overall your "average" looks great, but (in the friendly spirit of TE, of course!) allow me to ask -- what could have been done about the overexposure of the bridge in the foreground? And since I'm picking nits (does that phrase translate?), on my monitor I see two patterns in the sky -- a set of wavy lines across the top of the frame that could be clouds, okay -- but then a large spot on the left side that is... what? a lens flare?

You know I respect your work and study your artistry, so please take no offense!

Best regards,
Austin, Texas

Hi Deniz,
This is a beautiful result, all of the lights are like starbursts, and the tones of gold and silver and green against this blue hour sky are really fantastic. Composition is perfect with the golden domed tower in particular perched beautifully, but also the bridge breaking the lower third well. I don't know if this is a cliché view, as its brand new to me and I love it. I love the title too. Really nicely done, thanks for sharing.
All the best

Hello Deniz,
This is an amazing blue hour shot. The blending of natural and artificial lighting is great here yielding beautiful colors and details. The bridge forms a nice foreground border for the shot while the reflection leads the eye into the scene. The photo has fine clarity and sharpness.

Ciao Deniz
meravigliosa notturna, architetture e luci in una composizione fantastica.
Le luci si riflettono nell'acqua moltiplicandone l'effetto e l'atmosfera diventa unica.

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2014-08-09 12:05]

Hi Deniz,
You have achieved an amazing blue hour shot of this fantastic view! You know my love to blue hour captures, but this one executed with 20 sec. exposure is simply marvelous. Beautiful presentation, very well done. Bravo!

Have a nice evening,

Merhaba Deniz Bey

Muhteşem olmuş..
ışık yansımaları ve renk geçişleri harika
elinize sağlık


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10637 W: 146 N: 26811] (128525)
  • [2014-08-09 22:55]

Hi, a cliche title for a cliche photo but I can't wait to make a photo like this and maybe to post it with the same message. Fantastic blue hour shot. I will try to get such nice starlets but I never succeed. Perfect composition with just the arch of the bridge and some reflection in Moskva. Red star and crosses together.
Stunning view and colours
Have a beautiful Sunday


Hi Deniz,
Spectacular night capture of Moscow's iconic symbol. Good dynamic also.
Have a fine Sunday afternoon.


Hello Deniz
this is stunning! You have captured every detail so beautifully and the light management is flawless. A real lesson in how to get the most out of the blue hour. Real quality and an awesome presentation.

Enjoy your Sunday - B.

Hello Deniz
A true fairy tale scene from the center of power in Moscow. The pastel colors are gorgeous, the architecture really impressing and the light sublime. Beautifully executed shot indeed.
have a great weekend

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9622 W: 57 N: 16423] (60698)
  • [2014-08-10 13:25]

Hello Deniz,
Excellent night view from Moscow. Really well captured with great lights and lovely colours.

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2014-08-10 21:47]

Merhaba Deniz,
Your perseverance was worth, because you got a wonderful photo, with fabulous colours and amazingly sharp for such a long exposure. And without tripod! By looking at it, it is hard to believe that there can be a better POV.
Regards, José.

Selamlar ...
Güzel bir yapının güzel ir gece çekimi... Teşekkürler...

Hello Deniz. Cityscapes at night. Such masterful photos seem to be your specialty. The Kremlin is well presented here. Overall, perfectly realized. Truly a great photo. Best rgds, Wolfgang.

az sürtük diilsin ha!... fb'ta gorki park'ta çekilmiş hopbidi zıpbidi fotoların var haberin olsun! :P...

Impressive nocturne Deniz! :)

It's just to say that we adore your photography but even more: uniquely charming personality.. so sorry we live so far and can't express it in person more often! Love! A+T

Selam sevgili Deniz,
Sen yaşıyon mu ? Rus gelin istemem, haberin olsun !
Şaka bir yanan Mokovadan güzel bir kare. Bu manzaranın çok benzerini Amerikalı amcalar Las Vegasda da yaratmışlar ! Tavsiye ederim.
Selam ve sevgiler

Wonder why the photo took a longer time to appear on the screen, aaah, TE has become wise in increasing the limits, love the long exp and sharpness, i am guessing 15 seconds here, kept on a concrete ledge while you light your Winstons ! Mint Winstons !

your second trip to russia, an indulgence, a secret craving, is it russian literature or architecture or "Pussy Riot" ?

Hi Deniz
we don't get to see you on TE that often any more!
Hope everything is going ok for you.

You lucky devil you! Moscow! Certainly up there on my list of places to see someday.

Four days here must have been plenty of time, yes?
and in nice July weather too.

my favorite part of the photo has to be the way the red star stands out in the middle - thats pretty cool.

and look, no tripod needed :)
fun shot, looking forward to seeing more.

take care

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 573 W: 2 N: 1474] (8003)
  • [2014-09-16 13:09]

Hi Deniz,
perhaps a cliche photo but still beautiful and well worth to post to TE. Architecture are probably most beautiful during blue hour when the illuminated architecture create a good contrast against the sky. I have tried several blue hour shots with different results. Many of them suffers from noise and overexposure. You have made a good result here, some parts are overexposed but it is still an attractive picture. Well done!

All the best/

Selamlar Deniz,
Long time no see! This is a beautiful blue hour photo of the Kremlin. It is nice and sharp and has avoided blown out regions for the most part.

Hello Deniz!
Wonderful details!
Very beautiful, attractive and interesting picture!
Exposure, colors, level of sharpness, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I really liked!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,

Hello Deniz,

Indeed, this picture can serve as a beautiful postcard. Attractive perspective, nice colors and reflections. First and last time I was there was in summer 2001. Since that time for sure many things have changed in Russia but those buildings remain on the same place :).
best regards from Tbilisi

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