I’ve posted a photograph of Moscow’s St.Basil Cathedral before, but I didn’t really give you a lot of information about it at the time. The full name of the cathedral is the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat and it was built between 1555 and 1561 marking the center of Moscow and commemorating the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. The strange thing about this cathedral is the fact that there was no other similar Russian building at the time when it was built and even afterwards it was not exactly reproduced in any other city. The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood located in St.Petersburg was inspired by the St.Basil Cathedral, but the architecture is still quite different.
Although my previous shotÂ of the cathedral was quite impressive because of the strong colours, for the shot below I went on a completely different route with the processing, tone-mapping it first with Photomatix from 5 exposures and then converting it to black and white using an infrared equivalent filter in Photoshop. As always, I would love to hear your comments.