Barclay de Tolly by Roddy Atkinson



Statue of Barclay de Tolly in front of the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg, by Boris Orlovsky. I must have been drawn to this as it turns out he’s a descendant from the Scottish clan Barclay. I had to use his head to block the direct sun.
St. Petersburg, Russia. April 2011.

3 exposures hand held from a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 2.8 L II. Processed with Photomatix, Raw and Photoshop.
1/40 +/- 2, ISO100, f20, 16mm

Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, 1761 – 1818, was a Baltic-German Russian Field Marshal and Minister of War during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and subsequent campaigns of the Russian army in Europe. (Wikipedia)


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  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Polly!

    – Roddy Atkinson

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 3 years ago

  • What a nice surprise, thank you very much Polly!

    – Roddy Atkinson

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanalmost 3 years ago

    Love the halo of light around the statue Roddy and the monotones really bring out a great feeling in the textures and tones. The whisps of clouds in the sky pass over nicely too.

  • Hi Stuart, thank you very much. Was a bit concerned that the halo looked a bit like the glow from an over processed hdr shot. It also required a fair bit of perspective correction due to shooting at 16mm which I feared made the statue look slightly short and stubby.

    – Roddy Atkinson

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Clive!

    – Roddy Atkinson

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    interesting perspective for Kazan Cathedral, I been there long time ago, and I see you found monument of Scottish /Russian Field Marshal in St Petersburg. LOL.

  • Thanks Luda, I know the 1st photo I took in Russia was of a Scottish descendant. I didn’t find that out until I got back.

    – Roddy Atkinson

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