Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU)

HDR photo: Lomonosov Moscow state university MSU at bright sunny morning, reflected in a pool
Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU). Full size: 4000 x 3000 pixels

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I like this place. The building itself is one of Stalin towers, or Seven sisters, built in various locations of Moscow. All seven buildings have slightly different, but similar architecture. Lomonosov Moscow state university, or MSU, is the biggest in Moscow.

In fact, university itself and its surroundings (quite large territory) reminds "city within a city", though it have no walls, and anyone can walk here without any restrictions. This territory have gardens, walk ways, pools, and even streets with bus stations, though all traffic have strict speed limit.

The main building have beautiful night illumination, while all territory illuminated with standard yellow lamps, which is not good for photographers, because this light is too uniform and looks boring at night photos.

Here you'll find two day-to-night blended pictures, composed from pair HDR photos of same location: Lomonosov university and Novodevichy convent.

HDR photo: Lomonosov Moscow state university MSU with night illumination, surrounded by street lamps and reflected in water
Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU). Full size: 4028 x 3021 pixels

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HDR photo: Night alley near Lomonosov Moscow state university with two lines of yellow street lamps, surrounded by big trees
Alley near Lomonosov Moscow state university. Full size: 3968 x 2976 pixels

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They told that fountain has never been in use since Lomonosov university was built:

Lomonosov Moscow state university, MSU, at hot summer day, with dry fountain in front. Vertical HDR panoramic image
Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU). Full size: 3854 x 6773

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This picture composed from 6 source RAW photos: three horizontal images was used for vertical panorama stitching, each image is HDR, combined from two exposures (they need to properly catch details in shadows and highlights). When postprocessing combined images, i've tried to achieve bright picture with soft colors, and applied sepia color toning with small opacity. Final picture have quite high resolution, and some interesting details:

Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU) - details on tower

Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU) - metallic decoration of fountain

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