March 16, 2014

The Past in the Present

Photograph by Anastasiia Shikina, National Geographic Your Shot

"One day my friends and I went on a trip to the Ivangorod fortress, which is located on the border with Estonia,” says Your Shot contributor Anastasiia Shikina.

"I was walking [some] distance from the fortress, and these empty churches drew my attention. The general impression from this place is unforgettable—traces of past centuries in the present.

"From time to time I use materials [I find] nearby, such as paper or glass, to get more interesting pictures. In this case, I [had] found a piece of broken bottle. It was a rainy day, so there were a lot of raindrops on the glass. I held the glass close to my camera lens and got this shot.”

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66 comments
Li Kohr
Li Kohr

Love the large water drops via the glass ....adds a very unique aura to the composition!!!  Nicely done!

Carmen Bucher
Carmen Bucher

Espectacular como con un trozo de vidrio del camino logras esto!!!

Great job!

L. Brown
L. Brown

An amazing idea with a beautiful effect 

SockFoon MacDougall
SockFoon MacDougall

Exquisite photoVery creative ... I will try the broken glass technique when I have a chance.

Felipe Rezende
Felipe Rezende

Fantastic, Anastasiia!!

The idea of using materials you find nearby is very interesting. I think i am going to do the same.

When you do something like this you ingraft the history, the characteristics of the place on the picture.

Tina Loudermilk
Tina Loudermilk

Awesome photo!  Fascinating technique, I will need to try this sometime.  Thank you for sharing.

Robert Russell
Robert Russell

Most interesting. How did he think to do that? Makes me feel "uncreative."

j. p.
j. p.

wow, what a great picture. thanks for sharing it!

Buddy Mills
Buddy Mills

That's a great shot!  I'm really impressed with your use of that broken bottle in front of the lens.

Martin Hagemann
Martin Hagemann

I'd be interested to see what it looks like inside. Great shot!

Carl Campbell
Carl Campbell

A quiet gracefulness is captured and it looks beautiful. Thank you Anastasiia!

Koro Agote
Koro Agote


I really like how you got  this pic. Congratulations!!!

Denise Aulie
Denise Aulie

This is kind of you to tell us how you took this shot.  It is a striking image in tone, quality and uniqueness.  Many congratulations Anastasiia!

Anastasiia Shikina
Anastasiia Shikina

Dear friends! 

Thank you very much for participating in the discussions. I really appreciate everyone's opinion of you. I am infinitely pleased that my picture is here. 

I feel a huge palette of emotions and glad that my hobby allows me to learn something new about the world every day. And all of this due to the fact that each of us shares a piece of his life here.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

What a great way to turn this photo into something so special. I love what you've done and not forgetting the interesting subject of the church buildings.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I wonder how you got the water drops in focus right next to the lens keeping the buildings in focus off in the distance.

zack rostvet
zack rostvet

HOW DID YOU GET THAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Innovative, Anastasia is what you are in this shot. Thank you for perfection, of especially the lighting on those unusual churches, that seems to me have the light bouncing off the middle one, to its neighbour.The sepia tones are great.  j.e.s.....

H. Hill
H. Hill

I've done that with sunglasses before, taken pictures through them. What a good picture you took. Thanks for sharing it.

Ellen Glenn
Ellen Glenn

The glass makes this a mysterious view into the past. Marvelous!

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