Wednesday, May 16, 2018

OMG! It's a Clown Car!

I wish I had gotten another photo of this car, one with the clown in all his glory. But there were a few people milling around, and I wanted to get a quick shot before someone got in the way. Besides, I didn't even see the clown until a couple of days later.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

At the Kiev Flower Show

I'm always a bit concerned about posting photos too quickly, because, "what if I run out of photos to post?" But going through my archives recently, I discovered (no surprise) that I wouldn't run out of things to post any time soon. In fact, I could post something every day for over two years before I run out of photos. Like that could possibly happen in the days of digital photography and smartphones. And hopefully I'd be taking new ones during those two years too. So, time to do some serious posting!
This one recently became the background image for my profile, so it seems a good candidate to start with. Although for some reason it look pretty lousy in my profile. Maybe there are special rules for profile images?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Chernobyl Reactor #4

The infamous Chernobyl reactor #4, the one that blew it's top the morning of April 26, 1986.
Six years ago today, I overnighted, yes legally, in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Photo from April 27, 2012. Most trips are day trips only.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dormition Cathedral - Kiev Pechersk Lavra

A rear view of the Dormition Cathedral at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. First established in the year 1051. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rodina Mat - Mother Motherland

The somewhat redundantly named (at least when translated to English) centerpiece of the Musuem of the Second World War in Ukraine. This was image #3 taken on my Canon 400D (aka the Rebel XTi) overall, with some modifications. On the original photo, the sunset was off near the right of the photo. Using some Photoshop magic, I centered it behind the base of the statue. Since this was done quite a few years ago, I can't actually remember how I did it!
Currently the 18th tallest statue in the world. For comparison, the Statue of Liberty is #42.
Held in the statue’s left hand is a shield with the State Emblem of the Soviet Union. For a small fee, you can go up to the height of the shield for a breathtaking view of the Kyiv skyline. Below the towering statue in its base is a Memorial hall that displays the names of 11,600 soldiers and over 200 workers on the home-front, honored during the war with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kiev Water Museum

The Kiev Water Museum, also known as the Water Information Center, is an educational facility occupying one of Kiev's early water towers. The tower was built in 1876 and can be found in Khreshchaty Park, near central Kiev.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

House of the Weeping Widow - Kiev

The name of the house derives from the fact that when it rains, the woman on the fa├žade appears to be crying. Taken on a cloudy day (no rain, so I couldn't see the woman crying), so I replaced the sky to make the photo more interesting. I hope!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Marinsky Dreamscape, Kiev

So, why this photo? Why today? Because it snowed last night. Again!
When will this winter end?
A reworking of a photo from a couple of years back. Mariinsky Park, Kiev, using Topaz Glow, Topaz Texture Effects (2 times), and perspective correction. Plus a spot of sun on the left side, because adding your own sunlight is the only way to get it this time of year...

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