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Dramatic winter sunset

Winter sunset over Kiev. It is a view of the residential area “Obolon”. In order to make this shot I didn’t have to go or climb somewhere. It’s just the view from my window. One day, looking out of the window I saw the unusual lighting of the lowering sun in the clouds and could not resist taking the picture.

  • Peter

    This is beautiful! love your blog. great photos!

  • Dima

    Thank you so much, Peter! It inspires me! 🙂

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Divine light

It was a gloomy and cloudy day. Walking around the city, we decided to climb the highest tower in Bologna. Bologna is a unique city that managed to maintain its antiquity. From the very top of the tower we saw a spectacular view. Unfortunately the clouds were so gloomy that I wasn’t even hoping to make a slightly interesting shot. But at the same time, I didn’t have another chance to do it as we were leaving Bologna the next day. And suddenly, a miracle happened – the clouds dispersed and the divine light came pouring down from the top. At such moments, I begin to believe in divine miracles!

Amazing fact:

Bologna  is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.

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Amsterdam airport Schiphol

I love Amsterdam airport (Schiphol). In addition to the excellent service and design, it has a great observation platform from which you can watch the functioning of the airport. In other countries, it is absolutely forbidden. But here a lot of people can personally observe everything. You will be surprised by the fact how many people are involved in the process of airport so we could fly safely. I have never even thought before how it is complicated and well organized. Here you can stand for hours watching the process of loading of aircrafts and other technological processes taking place here. I wish other countries and airports have adopted a similar idea.

Amazing Fact:

Schiphol is ranking as Europe’s 4th busiest and the world’s 16th busiest by total passenger traffic in 2012. It also ranks as the world’s 5th busiest by international passenger traffic.

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View of the Florence

We were walking all day around Florence, and by the end of the day by chance entered this observation point. The fact that this is the best point for taking photos of Florence was confirmed  by the presence of many photographers with tripods. And I was one of them! I was very lucky with the weather conditions – very cute little clouds completed the panoramic view of Florence. On this image you can see almost all the major attractions of Florence. I am very satisfied with this shot and consider it one of the best works of mine.

On this photo you can see:
– At the centre of the photo you can see the Duomo (Florence’s most famous Cathedral).
– Slightly to the left there is a tower of the castle Palazzo Vecchio.
– Along the left side of the river the very first bridge is Ponte Vecchio.

Amazing Fact:

Standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day comes from the Florentine dialect.

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Château de Chenonceau

One of the most famous and visited castles in France. It is unusual by the fact that it is located entirely on the river. The castle is about 500 years old. Château de Chenonceau has many well preserved interiors, so it is very interesting not only outside but inside as well. Not many people know, but it is privately owned, and thus turned into a museum and is opened to public.

If you like old castles, I strongly recommend you to go by car through the Loire Valley in France. There is a huge number of ancient castles located just 20 minutes drive from each other, or even less. I am sure you will love it!

Amazing Fact:

Château de Chenonceau was preserved from destroying during the French Revolution, only because it was used as a bridge to cross the river, being the only one within many miles.

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The View of the Eiffel Tower from the park

To take a photo of a sight which was previously captured by millions before is a big challenge for me. We all have seen the Eiffel Tower: the real one, on the photo, on TV or even in Las Vegas! What is the sense of any next photo of the Eiffel Tower taken from the common position? So for me it was much more important to take a photo of it in an unusual way. Spending some time on walking around the tower I was able to make this shot.

Amazing Fact:

Millions of people climb the Eiffel Tower every year. And it has had over 200 million unique visitors since its opening. By the way, the Eiffel Tower has 2,500,000 rivets in it.

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Kuala Lumpur from the top

This shot was made from one of the Petronas Twin Towers – the symbol of the city and Malaysia in general. There is a stunning view of the city from the top floor of the tower. The height of this floor is about 375 meters. A total height of the building is 452 m. As yet, these twin towers are the highest ones in the world.

The climate of Kuala Lumpur is very hot, humid and extremely changeable. Just about half an hour after this shot was taken a strong tropical downpour hit the city.

Amazing Fact

“Kuala Lumpur” means “muddy confluence” in Malay language.

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View of Mountain Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of the island of Borneo. Its height is about 4090 meters. There is a reserve around the mountain that is called Kinabalu national park.  It is located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The reserve covers an area of 754 square kilometeres surrounding Mount Kinabalu.

If desired, you can climb to the top with an organised group and see the sunrise. This challenge is not for weak people. Once you reach the peak you will be given a certificate of conquering the top. By the way, Mount Kinabalu had been declared as “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.

We were very fortunate that the peak of the mountain was pretty clear visible. Our guide said the top of the mountain is almost never seen because of the constant cloud cover. Here it rains regularly throughout the year, so the slopes of the mountains are green and covered with dense vegetation. If you take a look at the centre of the photography you can see a waterfall.

Amazing fact: 

Mount Kinabalu National Park has over 5,000 different species of plants and animals, including 326 bird species and over 100 mammal species. Biologists estimate that the park has a staggering number of plant species—probably between 5,000 and 6,000 species—more than are found in North America and Europe combined.

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