Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Morning in Moscow

A very grey day for the visit to the Kremlin so we did not see it at its best. The first two are for Tricia - yes they still goose step when changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
I liked the contrast of the modern building and the traditional onion domes.

Gorky Park Moscow

Two of the dozens of snowmen in Gorky Park - they run snow machines to create enough snow when nature doesn't oblige. They also have the strange habit of putting leg warmers on their lamp standards and tree trunks. But, of course, what I enjoyed most was the huge ice skating rink and trails. I took a great many shots so expect to see one or two more when I can sort them on a larger screen.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Novodevichy Convent

The Convent with all its gold leaf and coloured brickwork looked great on a sunny crisp morning.

Moscow Metro

The underground system in Moscow is amazing - the trains run every minute so there is no waiting for the next train. Many of the stations are exhibition halls for painting sculpture and mosaics. There are also no restrictions on taking photos. I am sure, except for the crowds around at times, I could have used a tripod. Here are four different stations showing the variety of lamps and pillar construction.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Night Tour of Moscow

The first image was taken as the sun went down and the lights came on along the facade of the splendid GUM department store. Great shame about the ice rink constructed in front of GUM.
The other images were taken during a night tour of the city. The obelisk is in Victory Park and commemorates Russia's limited successes in battles. The crescent moon completed the scene.
We then went to the lake in front of Novodevichy Convent - said to be where Tschaikovsky got inspiration for Swan Lake. True or not we toasted him with Vodka - any excuse does!!!
The final stop was back in Red Square

A few more images from yesterday. First some more of those terracotta and yellow walls specially for Tricia - haven't had the falling snow yet but still hoping. The second is a panorama of the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre.
I spent the afternoon on Sparrow Hill doing my favourite thing - people watching. I don't have any efficient manipulation software so there is a bit of work to do on the lamp posts etc.
The final image is for my doggy friends - human and other - I am afraid that I can't translate so have no idea how to potty train a dog.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

From Red Square area

Hectic schedule today so not much time to write but here a few images to be going on with.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Greetings from Moscow

Well made it to Moscow - in fact the flight went very smoothly arrangement-wise (though actually quite a lot of turbulence) as we had a tail wind and arrived about 40 mins ahead of schedule. However, the coach drive to the hotel took almost as long - two and a half hours - as the guide said, the M25 is not the only motorway car park. There is still snow on the ground but it is now unseasonably warm and raining - just my luck when I've come for snowy images.

The next two images are from my 8th floor hotel bedroom - will enjoy photography from up here at dawn and dusk.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Essence of Christmas

Couldn't resist posting one image of my grandaughter Sadie full of the excitment of Christmas Day.

Greetings to all

Taken from our sitting room window - up to a dozen goldfinches have been visiting us this week - so glad I didn't remove any of the teasel seedlings this year. The equivalent time last year and the goldfinches were struggling to find the seed heads.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Cambridge at Dusk

Testing out the G12 for evening photography before heading for northern parts after Christmas - seems to do a very good job at ISO 400 the noise is reasonable (1/60 2.8) and it gives good balance of daylight and artificial light (no colour correction applied)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Night Images from Yarmouth

We took a walk into Yarmouth from our B & B on Saturday and I took the opportunity to do a bit of night photography.
The first two images were taken with long exposures (30 secs and 60 secs f10 ISO 500) when it was completely dark - always a surprise as to what can be captured by the camera and not seen by the eye. The other two were taken on the brightly lit promenade (2 secs f22 ISO 500). Best converted to monochrome to make the most of the high contrast conditions.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so