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Mixed Mosaics

Seen on Boulevard Lesia Ukrainka, this mosaic seems to have mixed imagery.  On the left to lower left, there's Zodiac imagery, though I really can't tell you what the one just below where the man is sitting is.  In the center, it's obviously a man, quite possibly a student.  Everything off to the right is scientific in nature.  This is one of numerous mosaics on Boulevard Lesia Ukrainka.  Processed through Topaz Glow to give it a more abstract look and to give it a bit of a glow.

#abstract #art #black #Color #colorful #Crab #craftsmanship #decorative #design #exterior #fantasy #handiwork #illustration #image #inlay #Kiev #Kyiv #learning #light #lines #man #mosaic #multicolored #pattern #pendulum #picture #ram #red #retro #shapes #skill #stone #style #surface #symbol #texture #ukraine #vintage #wall.zodiac #white
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Waiting for Spring

Seen in the Kiev Botanic Gardens.  Creatively processed using Topaz Glow and Topaz Impression.

#abstract #artistic #beautiful #blue #BotanicGardens #branches #Clouds #europe #forest #grass #green #hdr #Kiev #Kyiv #landscape #nature #outdoors #park #plant #sky #spring #Sunny #tree #trees #ukraine #weather #wood
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A View from the Botanic Gardens

Painted Style - Vydubichi Monastery as seen from the Kiev Botanic Gardens.

#Architecture #church #city #cityscape #europe #european #Flowers #garden #Kiev #Kyiv #MattShalvatis #scenic #ukraine #vydubichi 
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Kiev Flower Show 2014

One of the exhibits at the Kiev Flower Show 2014.

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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

June 2012 - Early Sunday morning, before the crowds arrive!

#Architecture #beautiful #cathedral #christian #church #europe #european #gold #Kiev #Kyiv #monastery #orthodox #stmichael #ukraine
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No More Child's Play

A rework of something from a few years ago, with added layers, textures, and cool awesomeness added.

This is a long abandoned ride in Hydropark, a summer destination in Kiev.

#abandoned #amusement #big #blue #carnival #childhood #city #colorful #construction #dilapidated #entertainment #europe #fairground #family #festival #fun #green #hdr #high #holiday #Hydropark #kiev #kyiv #Joy #leisure #merry #metal #movement #old #park #play #pleasure #recreation #red #ride #rides #steel #summer #theme #topaz #toy #vacation #wheel #yellow #youth
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Dormition Cathedral.  January 2007

Sometimes files sit on your hard drive forever because you just can't convey the mood and feeling you want.  Obviously I took a few liberties with the processing here, but I like what it conveys to me.  I hope you like it too.

#Architecture #beautiful #building #capital #christian #christianity #church #crosses #culture #dome #East #eastern #europe #european #exterior #famous #golden #hdr #January #Kiev #Kyiv #landmark #lavra #light #medieval #monastery #old #orthodox #Pechersk #popular #religion #religious #sky #spires #spirituality #spring #tower #ukraine
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Kiev Pechersk Lavra

There’s definitely a bit of a story and some work behind this one.

Last week we had a spell of very cold weather, along with some fog, which left an icy coating on the trees (among other things).  One afternoon it seemed like we were in for some sun, a rare thing in Kiev in December, so I dropped everything and went to “the Lavra” as it’s often referred to in these parts. Sadly, the sun was just a tease and quickly departed for the day, leaving me with a dark, gray, foggy day.  What’s a photographer to do?  Just take some shots and hope processing can correct some of the inherent flaws that come with that type of weather. 

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I ran this photo through my “Break the Rules” HDR process, but that did little to make any difference. Bought it into Photoshop and did a curves adjustment, which finally pulled the architecture out of the fog in which it was hiding. Put it through Perfect Effects software, which bought out some more detail and did some tone and color corrections.  But I wanted to do more.  I next ran this through Topaz Impression, which definitely rates as my favorite new software of the year.  I turned it into a black and white sketch, then using blending modes, mixed the B&W sketch effect with the original photo.  The outcome is what you see here.

#Architecture #christian #christianity #church #europe #Kiev #Kyiv #lavra #orthodox #Pechersk #ukraine #winter
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Berehynia in Flowers

As seen at the Kiev Flower Show, 2014.

#Berehynia #Flowers #Kiev #Kyiv #statue #symbol #ukraine 
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St. Nicholas, Kiev

Anyone who's seen this church knows that this photo is not possible.  There's just too much in the way and you can't step back far enough to get this angle.  So, how did I do this?  Read about that here…  http://www.mattcreate.com/2013/11/st-nicholas-church-kiev.html

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#cathedral #catholic #church #Europe #Kiev #Kyiv #landmark #stnicholas #ukraine 
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Summer Morning, Andriyivs'ky

Early Sunday Morning (6:30 AM) in June 2012.

#Andriyivs'ky #cathedral #church #historic #Kiev #Kyiv #morning #podil #spires #StAndrews #sunrise #ukraine 
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