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Center of USSR by alexiuss Center of USSR by alexiuss
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.
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:iconleo0kot:
leo0kot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Бля, как будто дома.
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:iconfirelord25:
Firelord25 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Was this photo shoped?
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mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Romanovs were such a great family.

Beautiful photo!
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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student General Artist
My native town, I live here. Beautiful photo! :-)
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:iconmaashellee:
Maashellee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really want to visit... ^_^
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:iconmartz90:
Martz90 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love your work :)
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:iconaranei-web:
Aranei-Web Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Так ты русский что ли? :)
Неплохо рисуешь :)
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:iconsimon208:
Simon208 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
where do you live now?
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:iconvanillagui:
vanillaGui Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That picture feels so good on my eyes.
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:iconamigodeath:
amigoDeath Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Это офигенно
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
well done
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:iconserene92:
serene92 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that sky, it's looks so other-worldly and beautiful. very lovely shot
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:iconyellowsmoke321:
yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this wet, stormy or after a storm feel in the city
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:iconoutcasts4077:
Outcasts4077 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
WoW
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:iconhrolfgard:
Hrolfgard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful picture and description.
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:iconllekciam:
llekciam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Muito bom!
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:iconjan-k-fotografie:
Jan-K-Fotografie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very impressive! Brilliant work!
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Wow very nice
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:iconxyurenx:
xYURENx Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Небо шикарно... и указатель со стрелкой прям таки указывает на него )
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:iconfacifer:
Facifer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Looks great!
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Anyura Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are from Novosibirsk? Nice to hear that. I'm from Novosibirsk, too. :) Haven't been there for ten years now, I would love to visit it. I was too young to remember this place, even if it looks very central. Anyway. Very nice shot, I like the atmosphere and the colours in the clouds. And especially those cars. The one on the right side looks like that my father once had. A Volga. Very nice. :D
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123arskas Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow. I wish i could be there !!!!!!!
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TequilaCat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
very cool) i live there)
i'am glad see my town))

..не для протокола:
ништяк, земляк) очень круто)) рад видеть что-то родное на этом забугорном сайте без единой русской буквы))
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KrazyEngima Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012   General Artist
ah yes the ramanov dynasty interesting bunch they were to lean about
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:iconhongyuli87:
hongyuli87 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Amazing shots! And I am curious how do you make those lights so realistic even under over-exposed? Which camera ss it?
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DennyBellPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow it looks like a lens flare in the top middle of the pic, where was the sun when you took this?
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Raven27SPB Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
фото класс....но вот единственное что меня интересует это почему ты назвала именно Центр СССР...
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
eto bivshii geograficheskii centr sssr- tam takaya tablichka vesit na stene
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:iconraven27spb:
Raven27SPB Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
по моему твой город до сих пор остался центром но не СССР а России)))
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lordamit Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Words fail to describe my amazement.
Beautiful.
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:iconbigusfilm:
bigusfilm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Просто отличный снимок, интуристам не понять всей красоты! Спасибо!
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:iconphjfry:
PhJFry Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Классно разукрасил, можно и впрямь подумать, что в сказке живем. ))
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v225p Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Просто и в тоже время красиво
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DariaTL Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome pic
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Arichy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
stooooop.....YOU LIVED IN RUSSIA?!?!?!?!?!?! REAALLY????
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Drydell-da-Vinci Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This picture is amazing!
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CarDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great contrast! Beautiful scenery. :heart:
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WinterDreamerrr Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Замечательное фото!!!
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maverick494 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
absolutely wonderful! You're very talented!
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aka-Selva Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
"This is Novosibirsk, my hometown" - удивило больше, чем многие фото, честно)) Как-то...очень уж внезапно))

Снимок шикарен...волшебством отдаёт)) Новосиб из параллельного мира..))
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AvidAmusements Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   Photographer
I have to ask man, why don't you water mark your work? it's amazing, and I bet there's a load of it out there for wallpapers etc. I have this one as my current wallpaper. Thank you for letting me download it.
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AvidAmusements Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   Photographer
wow this is amazing.
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iMickeyD Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Great stuff sir!
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:iconfireefrit:
FireEfrit Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Шикарно!
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:iconcmlbgl:
cmlbgl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Nice light, excellent landscape...conragulations...
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:iconamidarosa:
amidarosa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
howmany photos did u take for this one and how do u make hdr for moving objects such as the cars? I love the color tones in this
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BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
lol howd you manage this sharpness while in a car at 1/13 and f5.6? :o
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turkiye2009 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Filmographer
i am Russian i love this picture
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RehanKhan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it
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:iconquantumreality:
QuantumReality Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
This is amazing photography. I like well-chosen pictures of city scenes. :)
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