View Full Version : Good places to take photos in Moscow?

02-05-2004, 23:46
Gidday all, has anyone any particular thoughts on the best places in Moscow to take some nifty photographs? Have done all the usual places I suppose, but looking for somewhere different and interesting.Also does anyone know if any of the seven sister buildings let people up high to take photos from them?



04-05-2004, 01:26
The Trans Siberian railway will fullfill the need for pictures quite nicely, while at the same time remove you from the sameness of Moscow and its self importance. As it is with all big cities.

04-05-2004, 11:47
SpruceGoose, look at the places usually referred to as Old Moscow, there are enough interesting buildings within the Garden Ring

04-05-2004, 11:57
To the side of the Kremlin, the fountain there is a great place to take pictures in summertime, it shows the spirit of people, what they do with warm temperatures.....

Also i like the cathedral square inside the Kremlin and to make pictures all around moscow, near the duma there are some interesting sites, anyways, i like to make pictures almost all over Moscow, its like an open air museum.....

Try victory park at night, with the bloodred fountains, superbe!

04-05-2004, 13:17
Hey there Jim Goose! If you have a look out Sokol way there is another sister under construction. I dunno what the view is like but I reckon you slip the foreman 200 roubles and they would let you take some photos. may not pass the sameness and self importance tests though.


04-05-2004, 14:21
Kolomenskoe, Zarizyno parks are awesome. The first one is the monastery, the second - park with a small palace there.
My fav view of Moscow is from the Bolshoi Kamenny bridge - the Kremlin, the Moscow river and stuff.. especially at night.

04-05-2004, 15:22
If you can't get up to the top of one of the Stalin buildings, there is a hotel at the end of the Old Arbat which if I remember is called the Swiss Diamond. Anyway, they have a bar on the 23rd floor with a 360 degree balcony, which has views of all the seven sisters, arbat etc - looks great at night and you can sip a cocktail whilst you're taking your photos...

04-05-2004, 15:40
Dont actually know if its your scene or not but at this time of the year the river to the east (with the sun setting in the north east) has some good bends for river reflections and also closer into town same direction towards the Kremlin from the Spassky Monastery isnt too bad.

04-05-2004, 16:04
I wanted to do some B&W shots in the industrial areas (not Moscow but Volgograd) - around the Red October / Tractor factory areas. May not be pretty - pretty, but it`s certainly interesting... and I`m sure Moscow "outside the ring" has some pretty, er, not pretty industrial sights.......

04-05-2004, 18:03
When you walk along a nice street, turn into the yard - you can find anything... It usually offers a great contrast to what is seen from the street. :)

04-05-2004, 21:21
Thats North west, the sun sets in north west! and the river to the west doesnt offer some bad shots either! Dunno what I had on my mind saying the sun set in the north east. Did I say that?

04-05-2004, 21:48
Take your girlfriend over to the Manezh and take her picture as she glides gracefully down the escalator! Or just borrow any sweet young thing who happens to be coming down the stairs. Plastique did a whole thread on this very issue. Someone needs to do some followup...............DPG my man, lets get the Book and go do a photo essay.

05-05-2004, 00:29
Originally posted by Zachariah
take her picture as she glides gracefully down the escalator

Or alternatively, follow me in the metro when I'm in a really bad mood and have the chance to take a photo of a gnarled, old babuska flying down the escalator after I've kicked her in the back of the kneecaps for walking in front of me too slowly!!

Zach - a photo essay with the book!? Seems like a good idea - which of the three of us will be gracefully gliding down the Manezh escalators, who will take the photos, who will do, erm, something else critically important to the project (hold the drinks and pizzas!)??

05-05-2004, 01:59
Ahhh, the brutality of city life. ;-))))))))

I remember when the Nikon F4 came out. Cost a bl8ddy fortune but everyone was raving about `em. The very first one I saw for real was being used to photograph a homeless drunk who was slumped in a doorway just of Sloane Square (No, wasn`t Princess Margaret :D)

I can remember the look on the drunks` face even now - total disgust at the photographer. He must have known how much the camera was worth. ;-))))))))))

Cheap trick. ;-))))))

05-05-2004, 09:11
Thats strange. The first place I ever used my Nikon FM2 was on a pair of drunkards nicely slumped over one another in a stupefied sleep in the dorway of some place near Leicester Square tube. It could have been the same one you nabbed Dave, and the reason they snarl is because they want fees, in accordance with the Entertainers Unions standards. I dont think either of mine was Princess Margaret either, but I shot off whole reels of film on drunkards of London at one point, and I dare say I've got her somewhere.

05-05-2004, 10:07
If you need panorama from one of Stalin's "wedding cakes" go to hotel Ukraine (Украина) 21st floor - check with the reception how to do it. Hotel Rossia - restaurant "21st floor"(again:))offers good view of the center, but windows always dirty. The best is observation platform of the cathedral of Christ the Savior on Volhonka -metro Kropotkinskaya-get tickets & escort(a must!) by Eastern entrance. Cathedral itself is also worthy seeing especially if there's service there! Victory park can be interesting-dark blue line station "park Pobedy". For exotic pictures VDNH would be great with samples of Soviet monumentalism architecture-once exhibition of achievements of the USSR.

05-05-2004, 10:51
Another place for a great foto shoot at night is a view from Cristal bridge towards Borodinskiy bridge and also the view of Cristal Bridge itself when all the neon lights are up. Also at night, if you cross the bridge to the opposite side of Kievskiy railwaystation (to the left) u can take great pictures of the fontain, the station and R.Slavyanskaya hotel.

06-05-2004, 22:26
Hey Goosey, when you get back from Astrakhan there are some good ideas in this thread and the info regarding the hotels for a panoramic view should be handy too. Ive done Kolomenskoye lately but its covered in scaffolding though. But one of the very best pictures you may get is of a pink necked erectile dysfunctee so same and self important blowing posts to himself in an orgy psychic masturbation in one of your former stamping grounds. Either that or his underpants are on too tight.

07-05-2004, 00:25
Uhmm hmmm hey , be all that you can be !

07-05-2004, 15:16
Russian people rather than buildings are interesting for me. What about the old ladies dancing on Sundays in Sokolniki park? Or people in any of the woods sitting around eating shashleek and drinking? Or cops standing by the road waiting to stop cars. These are some real Russian things.

07-05-2004, 15:55
Thats not a bad idea. I wonder if some of the bureaucrats would let you take a photo of them when trying to get some sort of advice on how to do somehting bureaucratic. I actually think some of the craggy faced old ladies on the metro system should have their own calander too. and the drivers of some of the autobuses would be in for somehting like that too. another good idea for a poster series or calendar.