Ottawa Travel Photographer | St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Winter, Red Square

St. Basil’s Cathedral, pictured from inside the Red Square of Moscow, Russia. This moment marked one of the most enjoyably difficult pictures I’ve ever taken of a building during the winter time! 🙂

On this mighty fine day the wind speeds were blowing briskly between 20 to 32 km/h over a “pleasant” temperature of -24 (just one degree shy of matching the all-time record low of -25 recorded for February 2nd in 1999). 🙂 Safe to say, even for a diehard, winter loving Canadian, it was cold! Actually, colder than cold! LOL Yet, I managed to find the strength to wrap my fingers around my camera before they both froze up. To add some further complexity, my eye also felt a bit confused on how to frame and expose this picture given the very beautiful and intricate diversity of colours and angles present (which by design were not always symmetrical) under a blanket of brighly reflecting snow.

I wasn’t totally sure how my photographing buildings in this area would be received by the locals, and more importantly the heavy police presence. But all told, the people I met in Moscow were super nice — with only the weather being cold. I eventually found a way to buy a permit to photograph inside and outside this and other buildings without worry, and I ultimately came home with all of my camera gear!!! This structure was built between 1555 and 1561, and featured in the bottom left is a statue of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky (The Butcher and Prince).

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