6th and 7th October 2012.
We arrived on a dark afternoon in Kiev on the 5th October and went food shopping as the morning would be the start of two days in the exclusion zone by guided tour.
The overall plan was to photograph the sunrises before breakfast each morning and meet the bus for the trip at 9am thereafter.
Day 1 – 6th October 2012
We woke early to leave the apartment and walk the 1.5kms to the riverfront. We studied the free maps of Kiev and decided where we were to go and hoped for decent light and hopefully, some cloud cover.
The first stop was the Parkovy bridge over the Dnieper river. The Parkovy Bridge aka Pedestrian Bridge (50°27′25″N 30°32′03″E), designed by architect V. Suvorov and engineered by V. Kiriyenko, was built in 1957. The bridge is a light construction 400m (1,312 ft) in length that connects Kiev to the park-area Trukhaniv Island. This is the only bridge constructed specifically for the pedestrian traffic over the Dnieper fairway, and for this reason it’s formally included in the number of Kiev bridges across Dnieper.
Time was given for walking and having time to set up cameras to wait for the light. Sunrise was 7:05am so given our pace we were slightly earlier than planned but better earlier than arriving late.
The glow was fantastic but the bridge was a one or two shot wonder – the sides of the bridge were covered in brightly lit advertising boards so this did not make for a composition that was pleasing to me. I settled for the image below.
Following this, we walked our way back up the steep steps through the park to the People’s friendship arch to discover a rock concert being set up below it. This weekend seemed to be the weekend to be for outdoor concerts and fun.
Friendship of Nations Arch (Ukrainian: Арка Дружби Народів, Arka Druzhby Narodiv, literally ‘friendship arch’) dedicated to the unification of Russia and Ukraine, was constructed in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The arch was opened together with the All-Union Lenin Museum (today, Ukrainian House) on November 7, 1982 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the USSR and the celebration of the 1500th Anniversary of the Kiev city.
Therefore, the best shot without recording the hive of activity was just the arch itself, capturing some of the glow from the energence of the light from the sunrise to boot.
Tomorrow, I will blog about the second day’s sunrise.
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