60 Photos - May 15, 2012
Photo: St. Sophia, Kiev ~ by Matt Shalvatis

Submitted for +Ivan Makarov's #plusoneissue1 , theme, Architecture.

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is an outstanding architectural monument of Kievan Rus'. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian patrimony to be inscribed on the World Heritage List along with the Kiev Cave Monastery complex. Aside from its main building, the cathedral includes an ensemble of supporting structures such as a bell tower, the House of Metropolitan, and others.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sophia_Cathedral_in_Kiev

Also submitted for...

#HistoryThursday ~ Curated by +Matt Shalvatis.
#TravelThursday ~ Curated by +Laura Mitchum.Photo: Vydubichi Monastery from the Botanic Gardens ~ by Matt Shalvatis

Every photographer who has spent any time in Kiev, especially in early May, has a shot similar to this. Vydubichi Monastery from the Botanic Gardens. Of course, I have more than one.

#SacredSunday ~ Curated by +Charles Lupica +Margaret Tompkins +Manfred Berndtgen +Robyn Morrison and +sheerie von Sternberg

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♡ #RLTP #POTD ♡
#hdr #photomatix #breakfastclub 
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#hdrphotographers +HDR PhotographersPhoto: National Opera House, Kiev ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: St. Andrew's Kiev ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Welcome to Summer ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Church, Chernigov UA ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Abandoned Ride ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Emerald Lake, NWT CanadaPhoto: Arm and Hammer and Sickle ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Kiev Sunset ~ by Matt Shalvatis

Well, there was no #G+Anniversary Photowalk here in Kiev.  But I did manage to make it back to Kiev in time to get off a few shots.

OK, the sunset wasn't quite this dramatic, but it was a nice end to a dramatic day and a dramatic month!  After this shot, I took a short walk to the free Elton John and Queen concert.  I hung around the area behind the stage, because it's been a long time since I've found much appeal squeezing through a throng of 250,000 frenzied fans, even if it is free!

And soon begins the final of Euro 2012 football/soccer, here in Kiev. It may be a while before this town settles down for the evening.


#SkySunday ~ Curated by +Randy Scherkenbach +Patrick Scherkenbach
#MyTownTuesday ~ Curated by +Melanie Kintz +Jamie Furlong 
#TonemapHDRTuesday ~ Curated by +Drew Pion +Stephanie Suratos 
#ColorsOnFriday ~ Curated by +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Christina Lihani +Erin Henderson 
#FeelGoodFriday ~ Curated by +Rebecca Borg 
#FourSeasonsFriday ~ Curated by +Karin Nelson +Stephonie Ogden
#SunsetSaturday ~ Curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr 
#BreakfastClub ~ Curated by +Gemma Costa +Andrea Martinez
#Photomatix ~ Curated by +Klaus Herrmann
#SummerPhotos ~ Curated by +Tiina Niskanen
#HQSPPromotion  for +Rinus Bakker +Thierry Raemaekers +Mukundh B +Carina Marsh +Tammy Boldt +Marina Versaci 
#gplusanniversary  Photo: From the Belltower ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: My Beautiful Balloon ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Somebody's Watching Me ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Park Slavy (Glory) ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Osechena Sunset ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: The Harbor at Finike ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Morning View, Kiev ~ by Matt Shalvatis

This photo was taken from Friendship Park, near downtown Kiev.  The blue building is part of the Kiev Philharmonic building, the building with the gold windows on the left is Ukrainian House, currently used as an exhibition center (formerly the V.I. Lenin Museum), and the building in the upper right is St. Alexander R.C. Church.

Processed using #hdr, #photomatix, #photoshop #topazdetail

#SacredSunday  +SacredSunday™ ~ Curated by +Charles Lupica +Manfred Berndtgen +Robyn Morrison +Margaret Tompkins 

#SkySunday  +Sky Sunday - Photography Theme ~ Curated by +Randy Scherkenbach +Patrick Scherkenbach 

#architexturetuesday  ~ Curated by +Ranjan Saraswati 

#tonemaphdrtuesday  ~ Curated by +Drew Pion and +Stephanie Suratos

#TravelThursday  ~ Curated by +Laura Mitchum 

#ColorsOnFriday  ~ Curated by +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Christina Lihani +Erin Henderson 

#BreakfastClub  ~ Curated by +Gemma Costa and +Andrea Martinez 

#Photomatix  ~ Curated by +Klaus Herrmann 

#hqsppromotion  +HQSPPromotion ~ Curated by +Carina Marsh +Mukundh B +Thierry Raemaekers +Tammy Boldt +Rinus Bakker +Syuzanna Avetisyan Photo: Soviet Era Locomotive (1954) ~ by Matt Shalvatis

A "Yard Locomotive" used to move a few rail cars at a time.  The name plate indicates this was used at the rail yard of Kiev Energy.

This locomotive is now on display at KPI (Kiev Polytechnic Institute).

#MyTownTuesday  +My Town Tuesday ~ Curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong.

#TransportTuesday  +TransportTuesday ~ Curated by +Joe Paul +Michael Earley +Steve Boyko +Gene Bowker 

#BlastFromThePast  +Blast From The Past ~ Curated by +Cheryl Cooper +Mark Rodriguez +Isabelle Fortin 

#HistoryThursday  +History Thursday ~ Curated by +Matt Shalvatis

#BreakfastClub  +Breakfast Club ~ Curated by +Gemma Costa +Andrea Martinez +Ester Negro 

#hqpspromotion  +HQSPPromotion ~ Curated by +Carina Marsh +Marina Versaci +Tammy Boldt +Syuzanna Avetisyan +Mukundh B +Thierry Raemaekers +Rinus Bakker Photo: The Guns of Chernigov ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Just a few minute walk from our summer place on the river.Photo: Old Church, Uzhgorod UkrainePhoto: Assumption Church, Kiev ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Go Forth and Multiply, My Little One.Photo: Old Soviet Era automobile finds new use as a rolling billboard.Photo: Bogdan Khmelnytsky Statue ~  by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Photo: Photo: Seen at the Retro and Exotica Motor Show in Kiev.Photo: Zen and the SunPhoto: I wish I had gotten another photo of this car, one with the clown in all his glory.  But there were quite a few people walking around, and I wanted to get a quick shot before someone got in the way.  Besides, I didn't even see the clown until a couple of days later.Photo: Autumn at the "Kiev Sea"Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Stitched PanoramaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Seen in a Kiev Park.Photo: Under the Bridge ~ by Matt Shalvatis

Seen at Sofievsky Park, Uman, Ukraine.

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Discount code available:  FBBYSF  Expires 11/19/2012Photo: Lavra on a January Day ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Chincoteague Lighthouse ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Soviet Era Locomotive on permanent display just down the street from the Kiev Central Railroad Station.Photo: Photo: Old Town Kiev ~ By Matt Shalvatis

An older section of Kiev, a section that survived WW2 better than elsewhere.  A number of buildings here date from the late 19th and early 20th century.

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#hdrtheworld  +HDR the World curated by +Karl Geiger Jr and +Karl Geiger
#hdrsunday  +#HDRSunday Curated by +lane langmade and +Brian Spencer
#EuropeanPhotography +European Photo curated by +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Susanne Ramharter +Manuel Votta +Charles Lupica
#MyTownTuesday ~ +My Town Tuesday  Curated by +Melanie Kintz +Jamie Furlong
#TonemapHDRTuesday ~ Curated by +Drew Pion +Stephanie Suratos
#BreakfastClub ~ +Breakfast Club  Curated by +Gemma Costa +Andrea Martinez
#Photomatix ~ Curated by +Klaus Herrmann
#SummerPhotos ~ +Summer Photos  Curated by +Tiina Niskanen +Bieke BoonenPhoto: Photo: St. Sophia, Kiev ~ by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: Photo: Photo: Not a redo or recrop of the photo from a few days ago.  This is the same church, different photo, taken the same day as the previous one.  Photo: Photo: Go Forth and Multiply, My Little One (Sputnik 1) - This wall mural has certainly seen better days, but it was a wonderful find for me anyway.  Photo: Photo: Photo: Best of the Year, 2012 (4 of 12)

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Simena Sunset, Camyuva Turkey

The top 12 of 2012, in not particular order.


#SkySunday ~ +Sky Sunday - Photography Theme  Curated by +Randy Scherkenbach +Patrick Scherkenbach
#TonemapHDRTuesday ~ Curated by +Drew Pion +Stephanie Suratos
#ThirstyThursday ~  Curated by +Giuseppe Basile +Mark Esguerra
#TravelThursday ~ +Travel Thursday  Curated by +Laura Mitchum
#FourSeasonsFriday ~ +Four Seasons Friday  Curated by +Karin Nelson +Stephonie Schmitz
#SunsetSaturday ~ +Sunset Saturday  Curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr
#BreakfastClub ~ +Breakfast Club  Curated by +Gemma Costa 
#SummerPhotos ~ +Summer Photos  Curated by +Tiina Niskanen +Bieke BoonenPhoto: Stork Landing - by Matt ShalvatisPhoto: St. Andrews in the Morning - by Matt Shalvatis