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Center of USSR

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Published: April 6, 2008
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This is Novosibirsk, my hometown, capital of Siberia.

The Chapel of St. Nicholas, originally built in 1915 to commemorate 300 years of Romanov rule, destroyed in 1930 and rebuilt in 1993, gleams in the middle of the photograph.
The plaque on it said: "This is the exact geographical center of Soviet Union."
I always wondered how exactly they measured that.
To me, as a kid, this had seemed like the center of the known world, the axis of intersections of trans-Siberian railways extending across Ural mountains to Kamchatka.

I returned to Novosibirsk during my Siberian trip in summer of 2007, to shoot this image during a thunderstorm, from the inside of a car standing in traffic.
If you're wondering- the sign on the building literally translates to: "Russ-government-fear", it's basically a humongous insurance company. I find the name rather inspiring and amusing either way.

This place, where I had lived for 9 years, had inspired my dreams and many of my paintings, as cloudscapes tend to be quite beautiful in Siberia.
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The sky is dark thanks to HDR photography- 1 over-exposed shot for ground and 2 separate underexposed shots for sky combined into one image.
Image size
1230x810px 399.8 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Shutter Speed
1/13 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
21 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jul 9, 2007, 6:42:46 AM
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I love this picture GREAT job :)
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FriendRainProfessional General Artist
That sky is amazing, that the first thing I looked at. Stunning piece.
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Lucy3DSHobbyist Photographer
beautiful picture 
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AMusingPrenticeHobbyist General Artist
That is an unforgettable sky! 
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AnastasiyaKosenkoProfessional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! My town. :-)
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Бля, как будто дома.
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Firelord25Professional General Artist
Was this photo shoped?
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mlpfan1982Hobbyist General Artist
The Romanovs were such a great family.

Beautiful photo!
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AnastasiyaKosenkoProfessional Traditional Artist
My native town, I live here. Beautiful photo! :-)
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MaashelleeHobbyist Photographer
I really want to visit... ^_^
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Martz90Professional Digital Artist
Love your work :)
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Так ты русский что ли? :)
Неплохо рисуешь :)
Simon208's avatar
where do you live now?
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vanillaGuiHobbyist Digital Artist
That picture feels so good on my eyes.
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amigoDeathHobbyist Interface Designer
Это офигенно
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serene92Hobbyist General Artist
that sky, it's looks so other-worldly and beautiful. very lovely shot
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yellowsmoke321Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this wet, stormy or after a storm feel in the city
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HrolfgardHobbyist Writer
Beautiful picture and description.
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llekciamProfessional Photographer
Muito bom!
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