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Kizhi: the hide for Russian soul

Oshevnev peasant historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye (Onega lake north-west) in front of Kizhi Churchyard
Peasant Oshevnev′s historical wooden house from Russian Zaonezhye (Onega lake north-west) in front of Kizhi Churchyard. Fujifilm X100T, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 Aspherical Super EBC, , ƒ/8 ISO, 400, 1/60″.

Medium-sized but still noisy city of Petrozavodsk was left behind, and the rocket-loud diesel engine of “Meteor” motor boat was switched off after mooring to the pier. After a few steps on the land of Kizhi island I felt calm and quiet. Wooden buildings around adjust the tourists′ mind in a natural way. This feeling of peace and extraordinarity of the place comes even before you approach the island while the boat glides over the waters of Onega skerries. Open waters of Onega lake were left just after the lighthouse on Garnitsky isle, and then the boat goes through the skerries. “Meteor” moves around another one cape, and then another one village shows, then a leading beacon appears, followed by a nice yellow birch and dark spruce trees, and then again a village with a pier... Then finally Church of the Transfiguration shows off. The church looks like a spaceship at a launch pad, floating in the air. It turns out that the church is under renovation, and some timber layers are excised in a top-down way for a treatment while the top of the church is suspended on jacks. If not this, nothing suggests you that you are actually in the 21th century.

View of southern part of Kizhi museum island from waters of Onega lake, Karelia, Russian north-west
View of southern part of Kizhi museum island from waters of Onega lake, Karelia, Russian north-west. , ƒ/8 ISO, 320, 1/200″.

Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi museum island
Wooden historical Russian orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Kizhi museum island. , ƒ/8 ISO, 320, 1/160″.

Nothing break the silence but the bells which ring from time to time in Chapel of Michael the Archangel at the southern cape of Kizhi island.
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Marble textures in Ruskeala

Photographers and other tourists are attracted by this half-flooded marble quarry in Ruskeala settlement. However, it′s not as easy to get here as to the north-western part of Ladoga skerries. In fact, Ruskeala is even more to the north than the city of Petrozavodsk.

Texture of marble rock wall above waters of a small lake in Ruskeala
Texture of marble rock wall above waters of a small lake in Ruskeala. Fujifilm X100T, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 Aspherical Super EBC, , ƒ/6.4 ISO, 400, 1/80″.

I would not say I feel very familiar with what Ruskeala quarries may offer for landscape photography. Anyway it′s quite hard to get known to the place in just one day. But for sure I am impressed with various marble textures, patterns and surface types. These things may be photographed from both the boat and land.

Texture of marble rock wall above waters of a small lake in Ruskeala
Texture of marble rock wall above waters of a small lake in Ruskeala. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 400, 1/80″.

Texture of marble rock wall Texture of marble rock wall
Texture of marble rock. , ƒ/5.6 ISO, 400, 1/60″.
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Iris flowers in Yamskaya Steppe

Iris flower
Dwarf iris flower, Iris pumila. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/4 ISO, 500, 1/200″.

The great thing about places you are already familiar with is that you are always aware of what to photograph once you get there. Nevertheless, these places continue to surprise.
It was like that in Yamskaya Steppe this time. Feather grass hasn′t yet started to flower, while all the primroses were gone, but lots of splendid dwarf iris flowers appeared here and there in the steppe.

Iris in Yamskaya Steppe Iris in Yamskaya Steppe
Iris at sunset in Yamskaya Steppe. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/4 ISO, 200, 1/100″.
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Orchids in a spruce forest

Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid
Cypripedium calceolus, lady′s-slipper orchid. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/11 ISO, 200, 1/160″.

Every creature was glad for such a hot summer weather in the very end of May. Most important, orchids were glad, too! I haven′t photographed them for such a long time, especially not far from St. Petersburg.

So today are some photos of lady′s slipper, Cypripedium calceolus, which likes spruce forests on soils rich in carbonates.
The number of these orchids in that particular location is absolutely incredible! And I′m very happy with that, because our orchids are all endangered and in general very subtle and susceptible to human barbarous approach to nature.

Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid
Lady′s-slipper orchid. Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8, , ƒ/2.8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Color profile for Telefunken TV in MPI Guesthouse Golm

Telefunken TV connected to MacBook as a second screen
Telefunken TV connected to MacBook as a second screen.

Telefunken TV screens are very nice but IMO useless facility in MPI Campus Guesthouse in Golm, Potsdam, Germany. Well, unless you connect it to your laptop as a second screen via HDMI or VGA. However, its initial colors are ugly. To make a correction, I have adjusted the screen′s settings to neutral and then calibrated it with X-Rite Colormunki spectrophotometer. The resulting profile is at least usable and quite okay for a TV screen. Here is color gamut visualization compared to AdobeRGB color space gamut:


Telefunken TV color gamut compared to AdobeRGB

Download ICC Profile for Telefunken TV here:
GWG Telefunken D55 80cdm 2016-11-28.icc (10 Kb)

To adjust settings, navigate to Menu > Picture, and set the following:
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Sign Mobileconfig – Apple .mobileconfig configuration profile signing

Signed configuration profile is being installed on iPhone
Signed configuration profile is being installed on iPhone

During installation on iOS/macOS, digitally signed Apple configuration profile is shown with a green tick and corresponding note providing trust for the user. It is possible to use this command in Terminal to sign a .mobileconfig profile. However, it is easier to use a script which will request certificate file, private key and trust chain certificate in dialog.

First, create a new Automator Service named Sign MobileConfig.workflow in user folder
~/Library/Services

Then drag Run AppleScript element into Automator window, and fill it with the following code:
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Orchis militaris

Orchis militaris
Orchis militaris, military orchid. St. Petersburg region. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/4 ISO, 200, 1/125″.

It was a rare week of awesome weather in May. Escaped to photograph orchids for one day and a half. Had lots of fun but payed a high price for that time later... Still it was worth that.

These pretty plants definitely deserve that love and attention with which I approached them. Today′s just one of our local orchid species – Orchis militaris. A tiny flower sitting among spring grasses gives an excellent opportunity to try different angles and coposition. I really love this kind of soft pictures. Below are close ups of the same species inflorescence, just a larger specimen.

Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence
Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence. St. Petersburg region. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/13 ISO, 200, 1/8″.