The Secret Door

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Every trip I go on, I try and get some good architectural interior shots, sometimes with people, sometimes without, but usually in some sort of religious building (even though I'm a devout athiest…) Still, you can't beat a good landscape most of the time.

Uspenski Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali / Успенский собор) is one of the few big landmarks that Helsinki has and is an Eastern Orthodox church built in a typical Russian style. When we arrived here, the inside was almost pitch black, but we asked the man in charge and he allowed us to use tripods.

Luckily near the end of our shoot, all the lights came on and there was a brilliant blue hour appearing through the windows. As you might have guessed from the title, there is a secret door in this cathedral, so see if you can find it. (Viewing it large will help).

You can see the behind the scenes from one of our other Helsinki photoshoots if you're interested in that:

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/14 / 17-40mm @ 17mm / HDR

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  1. IanGood 29 months ago | reply

    Great shot Conor - the blue light in the windows finishes it off perfectly.

  2. SIsifo73 29 months ago | reply

    Great details and colors!

  3. RichardBeech 29 months ago | reply

    Excellent work ... I really like the light from the chandeliers.

  4. Rhiaphotos 29 months ago | reply

    Beautiful interior shot, great angle and tones!

  5. Rob-tography 29 months ago | reply

    Excellent. My shoes start to sizzle if in a church for more than a few minutes :)

  6. Ray Cavicchio Photography 29 months ago | reply

    There's a great sense of height in this shot. All I can say is Wow. The architecture of this place is gorgeous and you have captured it perfectly.

  7. Ayano0710 29 months ago | reply

    Grear composition!
    and love the coluor too.
    I am soooooo curious the other side of secret door.... what it could be?

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  9. nina's clicks 29 months ago | reply

    Stunning! Love the details!

  10. kypt@nuy ~ very busy!!! 29 months ago | reply

    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

  11. SunnyDazzled 29 months ago | reply

    Wonderful church, the chandeliers look especially nice in your image. Thanks for your recent comments.

  12. AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora 29 months ago | reply

    amazing place, fantastic details!
    really nice photo :)

  13. JH 29 months ago | reply

    this is really great i will be going to the Ukraine soon as my wife is from there and hopefully we can get some shots like this.

  14. lregoli 27 months ago | reply

    Great! Love your indoor HDRs!

  15. Ben Treasures 21 months ago | reply

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  16. Maoli Photographies 20 months ago | reply

    Nice shot here mate. But the video movie is dead. :(
    Have you got an another link ?

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