A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House

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The Eastern Bloc countries always held a certain mystique to me. Since I grew up during the cold war, I've thought going anywhere near the USSR would be like a Star Trek redshirt visiting the Klingon capitol. Kiev, of course, by this time is a much friendlier place to visit. It still held a lot of the old imposing Soviet architecture that made you feel like you are always being watched by a government official. When I would set up to take photos, I noticed many a suspicious eye looking in my direction, as if, perhaps, maybe I was a government official posing as a photographer.

It was quite icy and snowy in Kiev that night. I walked up near the opera house and found this shot. The blue lights inside along with the old Soviet car out front gave it all a very cool feeling.

from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

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  1. together8 55 months ago | reply

    very impressive building and excellent HDR work !!
    congrats

    seen at gallery :
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  2. cevatzade / www.cevatzade.com [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    wonderful

  3. Fred255 Photography 53 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ***A Place For Great Photographers*** (Invitation Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. Matt Granz Photography 50 months ago | reply

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  5. byAndrew Photography 48 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot! I love the colors - they give a soft, painting-like feel to the pic.

  6. King Midas Touch* 47 months ago | reply

    so pretty and very suggestive!! bye!!

  7. dasha_niki 46 months ago | reply

    You will be disappointed but it's not an opera house. It's Kiev National musical academy, also known as a conservatory (see real opera here www.flickr.com/photos/darina_nykyforova/4694238020/). P.S. And it's Volga near the entrance :)

  8. efte78 44 months ago | reply

    Really great.

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  14. poljacek 35 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Saibal K. Ghosh 34 months ago | reply

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  16. ikenuno 21 months ago | reply

    enchanting and ravishing spot

  17. Anmol Ksh 20 months ago | reply

    this looks like an incredible painting.

  18. dudeman25 11 months ago | reply

    majestic shot

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