The Intercession Cathedral on the Moat, which in the last couple of centuries became better know as St. Basil's Cathedral, was built in 1555-1561 by Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible) in fulfillment of a vow, "because the Lord entrusted him, the sovereign, with the Kingdom of Kazan".
By its architectural design, the St. Basil Cathedral comprises nine individual churches each crowned by a unique tower. The main church of the Mother of God is in the middle and 8 chapels crowned with onion domes positioned around the central form an eight-pointed star. This symbolizes the supremacy and protection of the Mother of God over all the Orthodox Church and over the Russian lands.
In front of St. Basil's Cathedral you can see the monument to the Kozma Minin and Prince Dmitri Pozharsky, the heroes of the national struggle for liberation against the Swedish and Polish invaders in 1610-1612.
I took this picture recently during Moscow by Night tour provided for my clients from Holland. Fortunately, I had a tripod this time and nobody from special security of the Red Square asked me to shoot only from hands (to use tripod on the Red Square for photo or video you have to make an official request in Administration of the Kremlin and to pay some fee, so I was lucky :-). I was even able to teach my clients how to shoot at night time with long exposure time, they were very thankful and told me that they are going to learn more about photography. I responded that, of course, you have to know some basic knowledge in photography, but the main thing is practice, looking on what are you doing as an artist, view and compare your results with other photographers, and having a will to make good works... isn't it???
With BEST Regards,
Personal Guide & Driver in Moscow
Moscow Photo Gallery
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izfair (203) 2006-12-07 9:56
Beautiful colours, it looks like a gingerbread cake with icing!
Lovely shot. Looking forward to learning to take such good shots too!
nels (2621) 2006-12-07 12:07
hi arthur,, realy great colours against the night sky so sharp and clear,,,how strange to see the same picture posted a couple of days ago by "tayfor" taken at a slightly different angle
Marche (4307) 2006-12-07 13:42
Je suis très heureuse de voir la cathédrale St Basil renovée, lors de mon passage à Moscou, elle était en réfection.
C'est une grande réussite.
La prise de vue est aussi une belle réalisation, les couleurs vives des coupoles contrastent bien avec le ciel noir.
Bianconeri78 (701) 2006-12-07 14:29
Nice and well composed picture as usual. However I think you should try to take the same picture a bit earlier in the day, when there is still some blue left in the sky. That would prevent the orange cast.
spyros60 (150) 2006-12-07 16:06
Nice colorful photo, I like the light with the soft shadows.
It's classic photo well composed.
cmoraru (557) 2006-12-07 22:07
Wonderful image of an amazing landmark. Great colors and excellent composition, thanks for sharing.
aadilj (18102) 2006-12-08 0:04
I have seen many more images of this cathederal but none so well composed and beautiful. You've captured it so right with well controlled lights and exposure. Regards
jjcordier (74578) 2006-12-08 2:45
St Basil a pris des couleurs de chateau de conte de fées....Belle image de nuit de ce célèbre édifice
branley (3681) 2006-12-08 3:29
this is a magnificent post and hopefully will receive the credit it deserves. The light and exposure are well controlled and the colours are stunning. A superb capture, well done and one for my favourites.
zizzer77 (721) 2006-12-08 3:42
good night shoot Arthur,
this is best shoot of St. Basil's Cathedral.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-12-08 4:54
Long time no see how are you ? I see here you finally managed to go to the red square at night with your oly, nice result, all these cupolas with their shapes and colors are feeric, it seems straight out of a fairytale book The lighting of the church looks great, it could look even better taken in the blue hour, but I know you're dependant from the schedules of your customers !
Have a nice day,
Cormac (26545) 2006-12-08 11:00
Fantastic shot! I like the amazing colour in this, and the clarity as well. You can see the details very clearly. Well done!
Janice (4403) 2006-12-09 5:36
Oh! My favourite Russian building... Well this one, and also many others you show us too Arthur:) THank you dear friend.
And I have read your notes and enjoyed the history of the place.
And Yes, PRACTICE is the word we all need with our cameras, thanks Arthur
carod (364) 2006-12-09 21:24
Magnifique photo...les couleurs font vraiment sa richesse.
blankar (807) 2006-12-11 1:12
I just wish I could lick this one :)
valari (13) 2006-12-23 16:33
Hi,Arthur,I do not post images here and do not write so often ,but I am so nice surprised with your wonderful fotos from Russia! A lot of them I know from a kid...
jaywalker (16095) 2007-01-13 12:56
Hi Arthur, A nicely composed photo, the colours are perfect, St Basil's is a building i have always wished to see & this shot makes me want to see it even more, it is the classic picture but the one every body hope to get is not always what they end up with, you have ended up with thefinished product, great shot, kind regards Wilson.
silycat (611) 2007-01-19 18:06
This photo has been chosen by me to represent country in which it was taken in thema "Around the world", it is a very good and sucesful capture and excellent photo!
Manamo (3654) 2007-02-18 18:08
this monument is really incredible!! Everytime I see a picture of it, I can't believe it actually exists! I like all the different shapes and the nice colors against the black sky. You did a nice job on the exposure.
Thanks a lot!!
Tort (2266) 2007-03-06 19:20
Excellent night shot, clarity and sharpness of the highest quality.
- Copyright: Arthur Lookyanov (ArtLook) (2348)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): St. Basils, Moscow, Around the world 2, St. Basil's Cathedral [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 9:43
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