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(March 19-23, 2008)

Koen Verschaeren


Andrew Varlamov

Training for Military Parade

Saint-Petersburg, Russia

March 21, 2008 - 14:38 UTC (17:38 local time)

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© 2008 Andrew Varlamov, All Rights Reserved.

Cadets of Nakhimov Navy School are in training for military parade. Brass band performs "Parade" March written by Semeon Tchernetsky in 1940. The parade is scheduled to hold on Palace Square in Saint-Petersburg on May 9 Victory Day.

Please read more in article of Russian News and Information Agency Novosti about Victory Day Parade in Moscow dated by March 3, 2008
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax SMC P-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF)
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XB and Manfrotto 556B Levelling centre column
Tripod Head: Nodal Ninja 3
Software (panorama): PTGui 7.6 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by February 22, 2008), MinGW version of PanoTools library 2.8.0 (dated by November 24, 2005) from Jim Watters' PanoTools site, Pano2QTVR version 1.6.6 pro flash by Thomas Rauscher.
Software (sound): mp3DirectCut version 2.01 by Martin Pesch
Caption in Russian - Подготовка к военному параду
Курсанты Нахимовского военно-морского училища готовятся к военному параду. Духовой оркестр исполняет марш "Парад", написанный Семеном Александровичем Чернецким в 1940 году. Парад будет проходить в День Победы 9 мая на Дворцовой площади в Caнкт-Петербурге.

Подробности - в сообщении РИА "Новости" от 21 марта 2008 года.
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
For this event I had got very reliable (independent of weather) plan B - in appartment where our family live in early March we begun to grow seedlings of tomatoes and peppers for our suburban plot. Task of plan B was to compose some panorama containing all attributes of home gardener - boxes with soil and seedling, bootle of water, moon calendar, seeds. How successfull was this attempt to express "Beginnings" concept, You can estimate looking my only cylindrical panorama at viewat.org web site.

Plan A was dependent of weather, that is why I lost the first two evenings.

It was only sunny evening during shootting period. I was going to shoot mural of 20th century near the oldest building of Saint-Petersburg, place from which city had begun to grow. Sun position was not suitable for shooting, and to pass the time i slowly walked around the Cabin of Peter the Great. It was better than to warm the bench.

Traffic along Petrovskaya embankment was blocked by police and stream of cars turned to the left. I have listened sound of drums and have seen marching cadets in black uniform. It was one of separate trainings before already announced joint rehearsal on Palace Square on April 15, and humble pole was used instead of flag. I found suitable place in shadow of poster stand between marching cadets and brass band.

I could shoot 3 series of shots, one of series was good, but the last one was underexposed. Sensitivity was ISO 200, exposure time was 1/750 second, shutter was opened to f/5.6.

Sound was recorded one week later by means of old Pentax Optio 450 digital camera. My daughter Alexandra helped me to edit recorded WAV file to obtain audio file to play repeatedly.

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