Enjoying the ultra-spectacular sights and sounds of prayers resonating from the Blue Mosque and its minarets. And making this moment extra special for me was the opportunity to enjoy it from Sultanahmet Park under a relatively heavy and rare snowfall. Wintertime is indeed picturesque! This mosque was constructed between 1606 and 1616, and is located next to the equally impressive Aya Sofya.
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This picture places an emphasis on the ice formations using a High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect, which was created using a bracketed series of pictures taken simultaneously at seven different exposure levels. Featured in the background are several Federal Government of Canada buildings, including the head offices for Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Research Council of Canada.
Ottawa Travel Photographer | Navel Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and Epiphany in St. Petersburg, Russia
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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