Altmünster II

04.09.2016 | Altmünster, Austria
04.09.2016 | Altmünster, Austria

Hello friends,

continuing our trip in Altmünster, the first picture offers a better view of the Pfarrkirche church. The light was very low inside and without a tripod most of the interior shots were blurry. The few that turned out a bit sharp (certainly sharper than most knives in my apartment) made it to the selection bellow.

08.09.2016 | Pfarramt, Altmünster, Austria

 

08.09.2016 | Pfarramt, Altmünster, Austria

 

08.09.2016 | Pfarramt, Altmünster, Austria

 

08.09.2016 | Pfarramt, Altmünster, Austria

 

Equipment used for this photo:

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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Maria vom Siege

Maria vom Siege by V-Light Photography
07.09.2015 | Maria vom Siege, Vienna, Austria

 

Hello dear friends,

  Maria vom Siege (“Mary of the Victory”) is one of the most overlooked churches in Vienna. Located in the 15th district, not faraway from the train station Westbahnhof, the area is not exactly a tourist magnet but in my eyes it’s still a very beautiful building that’s worth visiting. When i took this photo there were some restorations going on but they should be done by now! More photos coming up 😉 Happy weekend you all!

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I believe in color

Church of  Saints Constantine and Helene
Church of Saint Constantine and Helene

Hello my dear friends 😀

  How is your summer going? I don’t know if you noticed a different look in my latest posts from Thessaloniki but i have been experimenting with a new workflow. I usually shoot with cloudy and dark skies but in my last visit i had to do my best with what i had and that was a crazy sunny day with only a few scattered clouds. When i got back to my village and tried to edit these photos, my usual workflow didn’t do them any justice, so i tried something different. Although i always do 3 bracketed shots so i can make an HDR file if needed, these last photos were all made using a single raw file. The newest camera raw in Photoshop is amazing in recovering shadows, i can tell you that 🙂

  This was the darkest exposure of the 3, at -2 stops and i still got great detail in the shadows without getting too much noise. Next i’m using Color Efex Pro adding the amazing detail extractor, pro contrast, skylight filter, darken/lighten center and sunlight for that extra shine. What do you think? Are you liking my last photos? I’m not used into creating such vibrant and colorful images in city landscapes, maybe my mood is reflected in my post-processing cause i am feeling extra bright lately 😀

  Day 7 of the V-Light Art Sale and it’s one of the reasons why i feel so bright 😀 Your support has been amazing and i truly thank you for that! If you ever wanted a print of my photos now is the perfect time and you’ll get an e-book version of my book Visions as well! 😉 Even if you cannot afford a print, consider contributing even 1$ and you will still gain the Artist Supporter perk. Your name along with all the other contributors will be featured into a unique artwork i’ll specifically create for this campaign. It will be displayed on my blog and you’ll be able to download it! I think it’s a nice way for me to say thank you and always remember your support 🙂 Contributions over 1$ automatically gain this perk 😉 Just visit the link bellow and show some love ♥

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Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas

Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas by V-Light
A fine example of modern Byzantine art and architecture, located right in the heart of Thessaloniki

 

Hello my friends 😀

  You don’t know how many times i tried to take a photo of this Cathedral and miserably failed. It’s located on a very busy crossroad and it’s impossible to get a clear shot under normal conditions. In my last visit in Thessaloniki, it was too hot for most people to walk around and it was Sunday so anyone who has a car was probably enjoying his bath at a beach near by. So lucky me, finally got a decent photo of this beautiful building 🙂

 The Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Gregory Palamas who lived in Thessaloniki from 1325 to 1359. It was built in 1914, by the famous architect Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller. On the exact same site there used to be a Basilica built in the last years of the 13th century and in the late 16th century it was established as the Metropolitan Church of Thessaloniki but was destroyed in 1890 after a great fire.

  By the way, i always thought that with the palm-trees this looks more oriental than Byzantine. I can envision myself walking in a desert in Maroko and coming across this place 😛 Maybe it’s just a mirage though, i’m kinda thirsty as we speak.

  Day 5 of the V-Light Art Sale and we reached 26% of the funding goal! Can we go to 50% now? With your help i’m sure it’s possible 🙂 I really appreciate any shares on social media and if you happen to know any people who like to support artists, maybe they could give some extra help. Thank you 😀

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The Rotunda of Galerius

The Rotunda of Galerius by V-Light
Path leading to the Rotunda, right next to the Arch of Galerius

 

  The Rotunda is a massive circular structure with a masonry core that used to have an oculus like the Pantheon in Rome. It has gone through multiple periods of use and modification as a polytheist temple, a Christian basilica, a Muslim mosque, and again a Christian church (and archaeological site).

The Rotunda of Galerius II by V-Light
The Rotunda is also known as the Church of Agios Georgios

 

  The cylindrical structure was built in 306 AD on the orders of the tetrarch Galerius, who was thought to have intended it to be his mausoleum. It was more likely intended as a temple; it is not known to what god it would have been dedicated. Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotunda.

Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com
Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com
Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com

The Rotunda has a diameter of 24.5 m. Its walls are 6.3 m thick, which is why it has withstood Thessaloniki’s earthquakes. The walls are interrupted by eight rectangular bays, with the south bay forming the entrance. A flat brick dome, 30 m high at the peak, crowns the cylindrical structure. In its original design, the dome of the Rotunda had an oculus, as does the Pantheon in Rome.

The Rotunda of Galerius - Minaret by V-Light
The preserved minaret from its use as a mosque

 

In the 14th century, the Ottomans occupied Thessaloniki and in 1590, the Rotonda was converted into a mosque. In fact, a minaret was added to the building that has been restored and survives till today. Source: www.greeka.com

  The structure was damaged during an earthquake in 1978 but was subsequently restored. As of 2004, the minaret was still being stabilized with scaffolding. The building is now a historical monument under the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture, although the Greek Orthodox Church has access to the church for various festivities.

The Rotunda of Galerius III by V-Light

  The Rotunda is the oldest of Thessaloniki’s churches. Some Greek publications claim it is the oldest Christian church in the world, although there are competitors for that title. It is the most important surviving example of a church from the early Christian period of the Greek-speaking part of the Roman Empire.

Source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_of_Galerius_and_Rotunda)

 

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