Mother Russia Vol.1 : First Impressions

Moscow so far.. Well, it’s goddamn beautiful! (800 shots taken on my first day, that’s how beautiful it is!)

The weather is rather cold, about 15C (kind like the Israeli winter), and it’s cloudy. I absolutely love shooting when it’s cloudy, since the light is much softer, and the photos turn out beautiful. Plus it’s not hot so you could go on for hours like that 🙂

In the morning of my first day here, we went grocery shopping in a small neighborhood market (I was told that there are 15 large, all year long markets in Moscow, and many tiny ones that are more temporary. I don’t even know 15 markets in all of Israel!!). Seeing berries and forest mushrooms really warmed my heart, I missed that so much since we don’t have it in Israel).

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1000 @ 105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 500 @ 105mm

In Tel Aviv, there’s a huge contrast between wealth and poverty. In Moscow, there’s a contrast between old and new; Buildings from the Soviet era (so called Hrushevki were typical for those times – simple 5 story brick appartment complexes), old buildings from the 18th century and brand new, shiny skyscrapers. Driving back from the small market, we passed Moscow City – an area with many glass skyscrapers. The architecture is way more unique and creative than what we have back in Israel at the Diamond Exchange. More on that will be posted in a seperate post.

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Not your typicall Hrushevka, but similar. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/9, ISO 200 @ 58mm

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A small glimpse of Moscow City. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200 @ 105mm

Later that day, we went to the Red Square and the Kremlin. We stopped about 1km from the Red Square, and continued by foot, passing some beautiful buildings. It was Moscow’s Day – main roads were blocked and events were held near the Red Square.

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One of the Seven Sisters. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 100 @ 38mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 58mm

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Nikon D7100, SIGMA 70-300mm APO Macro, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 160 @ 300mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 105mm

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Love the architectural details. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160 @ 21mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 320 @ 90mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 200 @105mm

Many souvenir stalls were placed over there, selling many old Soviet themed badges, bells, Balalaikas (traditional Russian instrument) and more.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/9, ISO 500 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 800 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/10, ISO 800 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 800 @105mm

Before heading on, we had lunch at a nice restraunt named Grand Cafe dr. Jhivago, that was styled in an old Soviet concept. The food served is traditional Russian food, and despite the location the prices were OK.

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Inside the restraunt. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 400 @45mm

On our way to the Kremlin we passed near the GUM (an old trading center founded in 1893, that used to be the State Department Store, now known as the Main Department Store. Now there are many designer stores in there, and huge queues to get in there), and some other old buildings. I’m really impressed with the architecture! I could forever walk in those streets. We also passed Lenin’s tomb.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/9, ISO 200 @75mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 200 @18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 200 @48mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 500 @105mm

We reached Saint Basil’s Cathedral (When the word ‘Moscow’ comes up you most likely think of it), and it was as impressive as it is shown on pictures. Being crowded with tourists, getting anywhere to take decent shots was difficult but I tried my best.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 400 @42mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 250 @45mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 400 @80mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/200s, f/18, ISO 250 @92mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/18, ISO 400 @92mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/18, ISO 400 @80mm

After the Cathedral, we walked a bit more in the nearby streets and even stopped for a coffe at a local coffe shop.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/18, ISO 400 @90mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 500 @98mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 400 @52mm

On our way back we took the metro. The stops we entered were rather old (built in the 50s) and they had a very unique, old fashioned style. Last time I rode the metro was in Prague 11 years ago, so I don’t have much memory from that. And we don’t even have a metro in Israel. So it was new to me. I was promised to go on a longer ride at the metro, and to visit some of the more unique stops, so that will be posted in another post.

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The blocked roads turned into sidewalks for a day. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/5, ISO 400 @18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/8, ISO 200 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 1000 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/5, ISO 2500 @18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/5, ISO 2500 @18mm

I have so much more sight seeing and trips to do in Moscow, in the 2 weeks I have here, so be sure that more photos are coming!

High quality images will be avaliable on my flickr account.

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