Architecture in Astana

Before my visit to Astana, I have no idea how the city looks like. Just think about it. What would you image if you think of the capital of Kazachstan? When I got here I was stunned by this modern city with it’s many interesting views and beautiful works of architecture. Some of the building are just so huge. I could not get them into one shot, even looking from far away and high up :) You will see many of them in my upcoming posts.

Long exposure sun in Astana

And here is one of those great looking buildings. As I understand, this is the complex of administrative buildings of JSC KazMunaiGas, an oil company. It’s build as a circle with many fountains in side of it. And there is also a raised road crossing it, so you have just so many view you can get here. All around :)

For this I went close to one of the waterfall fountains and used the Laowa 12mm lens to get as much of the fountain and the building in the shot. And to get a bit of movement in the sky and blur into the water, I used a Formatt Hitech 10stop ND filter to push the exposure up to 30 seconds. I took 5 exposures, but in the end I blended only 2. Edited in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Wonderful architecture in Astana, Kazakhstan
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