A Night by the River in St. Petersburg

A black and white night photo of a stone lion in front of a drawn bridge on the Neva River on Navy Day in St. Petersburg, RussiaCanon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 32mm. Exposure Details: 1/15 second @ f11 St. Petersburg is a fantastic city, particularly in Summer. I was out and about doing some night photography when I found myself by the Neva River just as a flotilla of battleships made their way down the river and out to sea. I understand the event usually only happens once a year, as part of the Russian Navy Day celebrations. The battleships are too large to pass underneath the bridge pictured above, so the bridge is raised to allow the ships to pass through.

After a pretty warm day it was cool and windy down by the river. It was also crowded with a whole lot of well watered local folk making the most of the evening. One of them was kind enough to butt a cigarette out on my jacket (poor old ScotteVest Fleece 5 Jacket) but, after an introduction to my tipod, detante was re-established. Actually the crowd was very friendly but, when alchohol flows, there's always the chance for misunderstandings.

I photographed this statue of the lion, with the raised bridge in the background, just after the flotilla had passed through. It was simply a matter of raising the camera to avoid photographing some of the less inhibited folk dancing around, to the sound of congos. Not quite the bitter/sweat I'd expected from Russia, but a fun night out just the same. 

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru