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Canon
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
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Jul 9, 2007, 6:42:46 AM
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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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Maashellee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really want to visit... ^_^
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Martz90 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love your work :)
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Aranei-Web Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Так ты русский что ли? :)
Неплохо рисуешь :)
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Simon208 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
where do you live now?
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vanillaGui Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That picture feels so good on my eyes.
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amigoDeath Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Это офигенно
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
well done
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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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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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Outcasts4077 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
WoW
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