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,  f/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.  f/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.  f/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,  f/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.  f/5.6 ISO 400 1/80″.

Texture of marble rock wall Texture of marble rock wall
Texture of marble rock.  f/5.6 ISO 400 1/60″.
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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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Star Sky in Karelia

Aurora Borealis glow over Lehtisinsaari island in Ladoga lake
Aurora Borealis glow over Lehtisinsaari island in Ladoga lake. EF 17–40mm f/4L USM,  f/4 ISO 12800 30″.

Karelia never stops to excite! Even I was surprised. Northern lights above Lehtisinsaari isle, Milky Way rising between Priozersk and Kuznechnoye.
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Ladoga lake, first weekend this September.

Milky Way rising above Kilpolansaari island Central part of Milky Way galaxy
Milky Way rising above Kilpolansaari island. EF 17–40mm f/4L USM,  f/4 ISO 12800 30″.