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Andrey Omelyanchuk
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I am project manager in Parallels. In my free time I am City Skyline and Landscape photographer. Join me in my Quest for Beauty!
I am project manager in Parallels. In my free time I am City Skyline and Landscape photographer. Join me in my Quest for Beauty!

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Hadrian Mausoleum and Sant Angelo Bridge in the Morning, Rome, Italy, November 2013
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Piazza della Rotonda and Pantheon in the Morning, Rome, Italy, November 2013
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Piazza della Rotonda and Pantheon in the Morning, Rome, Italy, November 2013
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Frontal View of Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda in the Morning, Rome, Italy, November 2013
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Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda in the Morning, Rome, Italy, November 2013
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Most popular view of Kremlin and Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge in the Evening, Moscow, Russia, February 2016 and the first test for my Nikon d810 body and NIKKOR 24-70 lens :)
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Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona

This odd upside down staircase is a monument to a man famous to the Catalan people, Francesc Macia i Llussa. Many tourists who stumble across this monument may not know the cause Macia i Llussa fought for.

Macia i Llussa wanted independence for the Catalan people. He participated in a failed uprising and the Catalunya was only partially given an independence during the existence of the Spanish Republic. During this brief period of autonomy, Macia i Llussa served as Catalan president.

Placa de Catalunya is a famous place in Barcelona which serves the modern purpose of a transportation hub for buses to the airport and other surrounding cities. This square struck my eye due to the strange monument in the center. I returned to it one morning before sunrise which was only possible due to how close Placa de Catalunya was to my hotel. Luckily, the sky was cooperative this morning with intricate, blue clouds which added a dramatic feel to the scene.

Due to the interesting angles of the monument, the opportunities for creative compositions were vast. I noticed one of the surrounding buildings had pyramid shaped steps which perfectly rendered to the shape of the staircase. This step juxtaposed to the monument made for a powerful composition.

November 2014, panorama from 3 vertical images, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, exposure 10 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.
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Facade of Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi, one of the inventors of famous Catalan Modernism architecture, was born to be different. With blond hair and blue eye already stuck out from the regular crowd.

He suffered from Rheumatoid arthritis making him always the last to be picked in kid’s games. He often rode around town on a donkey. To wear in his new shoes which were uncomfortable to his sensitive feet, he’d have his old brother wear them.

When you see his architecture, you see his differences went far beyond skin deep. He realized it. Once he had a customer complain his architecture did not offer lean to wall to fit a piano. Gaudi replied, “I suppose you can play cello then.”

Upon visiting Barcelona I could not wait to capture the Gaudi architecture. After all, Barcelona means Gaudi and Gaudi means Barcelona.

November 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 32mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 3.2 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.
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Aerial View of Placa Espanya and Montjuic Hill with National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, November 2014
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Panorama of Roman Gate in Barcelona, Spain

During the reign of the Romans over Barcelona, Christians were unfairly persecuted. One of the patron saints of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia was a casualty of the persecution in the reign of emperor Diocletian.

Eulalia was a little girl who refused to recant her Christianity despite threats. As a result, the Roman soldiers tortured her by rolling her the street in a barrel with knives followed by a crucifixion. Lastly they went to decapitate the poor 13 year old girl. As they did, a dove flew miraculously out of her mouth.

This shot was taken at Placa Nova where Barcelona Cathedral is located. I wanted to create a shot of the Roman Gate, so I setup during the best morning light just before sunrise. As usual I opted for the panoramic composition to convey the real sense of this magnificent place.

November 2014, panorama from 8 vertical images in 2 rows, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, exposure 2.5 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.
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