I happened to find myself in Saint-Petersburg for a week. Snowy, white and cold. I didn't mean to - I'm more of a sun person - but I sort of fell in love with the city. Oops!
Saint-Petersburg on the Neva River is Russia's most European city. Northern, arty and vibrant.
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. As one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852.
Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
This picture shows the Winter Palace on the banks of the frozen Neva River. It was taken from Vasilevski Island. Next up, I'll take you inside for pictures at the exhibition.
white square for Malevich
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Robert1969 (7160) 2013-04-16 1:50
IJzersterke compositie. Het z/w maakt de
dta (82308) 2013-04-16 2:45
Hello Benny ,
Astunning effect ! Excellent choice of the B& W , that increases the mood . I should have cropped a little more on the right to get a perfect symetry , but this is a minor detail .
Royaldevon (43325) 2013-04-16 4:02
You may not have intended to be in the snow but you have certainly made wonderful use of the situation.
This is a cracker of a shot.
It is minimalistic but, also, unique.
I cannot stop looking at it.
You have composed it with such an understanding of the relationship between positive and negative space, and, you have presented it perfectly.
Have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2013-04-16 5:35
Very unique and beautifully seen capture, the snow and the icey river here has created a fantastic sense in the image, and is a great way to show this fien archticture. Really nice idea that has worked so perfectly well!
All the best
ryno (6865) 2013-04-16 5:55
An unusual but interesting shot, Benny. The thumbnail immediately caught my eye. Great symmetry and stark b & w contrast. I'm still wondering about the large expanse of white foreground - but then again I can also see that the shot would have been less interesting without it. Quite original.
JFS (32459) 2013-04-16 6:43
Minimalist shot in B&W, i like your creative POV, good work Benny, thanks!
sevy (58) 2013-04-17 1:15
You have been unlucky for weather, but it is good for photos. I like you took benefit of the snow to deal in B&W with high contrast setting, underlining the graphism of this place.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-04-17 10:55
Happened to find yourself in St. Petersburg? That's good, you must be lucky... Believe me Benny, even in summer time, that city is cold. It was August and still 5 degC at nights :)
Wonderful minimalism, i graciously take it, but i regard it as a missed chance, where there is a feeling of lack of a single spot of black human silhouette at the front. Sigh... Next time maybe ;)
tatadalou (7459) 2013-04-17 12:08
So minimalistic, I like it ! The graphism is strengthened by high contrasts.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-19 23:51
i just think this pic is very nice. just gives an idea about how much snow there is in russia.
regards.just love the amount of white in the frame.
ktanska (29241) 2013-04-21 12:49
This is original! You captured the Winter Palace in winter conditions, daringly framed behind a white snowfield. I guess I need to try somethinf like this, next winter.
daddo (27906) 2013-04-28 16:57
A minimalist work but very elegant (frame included) and one that has real impact. Because of the "blank" space around it, the building is fully appreciated. Regards. Klaudio.
speedymanu (3701) 2013-07-04 6:26
wow a great use of black and white. The way you've framed your shot enhanced the graphic minimalism of the result. Congratulations,
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20455)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-04-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): squares for malevich [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-16 1:47