Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

Mongolian Government Palace by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

October 2021 - Mongolian Government Palace

About the Image(s)

On the return from a Photo Tour of the Eagle Hunters and Ice Festival in Mongolia, we stayed an extra day on the capital Ulaanbaatar. We did a walking tour and visited the Government Palace, also known as the State Palace, and is located on the north side of SĂ¼khbaatar Square (formerly Chinggis Square, from 2013 to 2016). It houses various state organs such as the State Great Khural and offices of its members, as well as the offices of the President and Prime Minister. It is sometimes referred to by Ulaanbaatar residents as the "Saaral Ordon" or "Gray Palace" in the Mongolian language due to the exterior's former color (it was painted white in 2007).

The grounds of the present-day Government Palace and SĂ¼khbaatar Square were largely occupied by the monastery of Ikh KhĂ¼ree, the central temple-palace complex of the city up until the early part of the 20th century. At the front of the palace there is a large-scale statue of Genghis Khan.

This image was created in the morning using a Nikon D4s with the Nikkor zoom lens 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm with these settings: ISO 500, f/8 and three bracketed exposures at 1/200, 1/8000 and 1/640 sec. The three images were PP in LightRoom and HDR processed. The image was corrected for visual distortion using lightRooms Auto transform features and cropped. There were many sensor spots in the blue sky cleaned the best it was possible.

6 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
For me the strong point of this image is the symmetry and the strong lines of the architecture - including the curves on each side. I believe the sky is a distraction from that strong symmetry. For me that says "Try it in Monochrome." I made a quick conversion on LR and chose the BW Landscape preset. I did an inversion of the typical D/Log E curve in the heel of the curve and then used the blue slider to keep the sky darker. This is what I got.   Posted: 10/06/2021 18:24:11
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Thank Gary, It looks great too.   Posted: 10/06/2021 19:29:33

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
The colors are beautiful and I like the addition of bicyclists. They add interest against the towering statues. The red in the flag matches up with the red coat.   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:48:17

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Isaac, this is a very omposing building with great symmetry, so your square on approach seems to be the right way to photograph it. It is good that you had a plain blue sky as white clouds would have spoiled the hard angular geometry of the composition. The two cyclists do break the symmetry but in a good way, providing a focal point to come back to when looking at the image. I am happy with the coloured version, but I share Gary's line of thinking in changing to strong mono, which looks equally good.   Posted: 10/08/2021 03:48:30
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Thanks Guy. In addition to the two cyclist there is a guard walking in front of Genghis Khan statue which gives you a real dimension of it.   Posted: 10/08/2021 22:00:17

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
What a stunning piece of architecture you had perfect lighting to show it off to its full magnificence,the cyclists and the less easy to spot guard give a wonderful sense of scale this is not only a great memory for you of what must have been a trip of a lifetime but also an image that will go a very long way in a photo travel comp,and a history lesson thrown in for free what more could one wish for.   Posted: 10/11/2021 15:11:31


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