Evening Glow, St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow

St. Basils Cathedral, glowing against a deep blue night sky Red Square, Moscow

It was a lovely, warm summer's night in Red Square, Moscow. I remember thinking "does it get any better than this?" I spent several hours, on two consecutive evenings, photographing in and around Red Square. I was just one of thousands of people moving through this very popular tourist precinct and was able to photograph without interference, except for some friendly interaction with local tourists. Some of them wanted to know about my fancy camera gear while others asked me to make a picture of them in front of St. Basil's Cathedral or one of the other iconic structures surrounding Red Square.

St. Basil's Cathedral is a major landmark for any visitor to Moscow and one of those places I've long wanted to photograph. Even as a teenager I can remember that news reports dealing with the Kremlin always featured an image of St. Basil's. As a result I thought it was the Kremlin. Now I know better. It's just such an iconic structure, so unmistakably Russian, that makes a perfect backdrop for a foreign correspondent's report. Talk about an exotic location!

I made the above image around twilight when the brightness of the natural daylight is closer to that of the artificial lights around the structure.

While I made lots of images that featured the full length of the cathedral, in this case I opted to exclude the foreground to avoid the stream of people moving in front of my lens and trough the frame.

It's amazing how the mood of the masses adjusts to the environment. Even the more raucous visitors were somewhat hushed by this most beautiful structure bathed in soft glowering light. For anyone traveling to Russia and evening visit to St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square are not to be missed. Next time I might try to visit in winter. Now that would be tough fun, wouldn't it?

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru