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big_g
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Feb 26, 2017 14:19 |  #1

Instead of my random posts from my life and travel in Ukraine maybe its better to start a thread and simply update it regularly. So, here it is!!

I live pretty much full time here working on the Chernobyl decommissioning project. Since arriving here 4 years ago I have married local girl, travelled around, moved to Qatar and moved back to Ukraine again. Love the place :)

There are not many posts on POTN re Eastern Europe and certainly not Ukraine. Feel free to add any of your own if you live here or have visited my adopted new home. Maybe we can get a meet in Kiev going if there are many others living here.

Anyway, here is todays post. It was the end of winter festival today although the weather didn't seem to notice as it was snowing again!!

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And a great old Zaparozhya

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Only black and white at the moment as my colour camera is playing up. Going back for repairs when I visit the UK next week so will bring a Canon back with me to get some colour whilst it is being repaired.

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Owain ­ Shaw
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Mar 01, 2017 16:20 |  #2

Thanks for posting these, your life and work there must be fascinating. The pictures are excellent, and black and white works really well for them. Please keep posting.


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Mar 02, 2017 14:27 as a reply to Owain Shaw's post |  #3

I am on vacation for a week now but will be posting a lot more when I return. Pleased you like them.


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Mar 05, 2017 08:52 |  #4

I really do. Sorry, I wrote that previous post in a bit of a rush and hope it didn't sound too cold. I think the Black and White works excellently and the compositions are really nice. They show a lot in a very clean way. Depth of field is really nice, they look cinematic. I really liked them.


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Mar 05, 2017 10:30 |  #5

Subscribing. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Do you have any from the reactor area and Pripyat that you can share, or is that against the rules?


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Mar 16, 2017 16:05 as a reply to Scrumhalf's post |  #6

Sorry for late reply. Been back in the UK for a week then lots on at work when I got back. Yes I have lots of Prypiat. Will post some up in a min. Apologies if they are reposts but I don't think I put too many up before

Pictures of the actual reactor area are a lot more tricky to get so I have none I'm afraid.


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Mar 16, 2017 16:11 |  #7

Prypiat as requested

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Mar 16, 2017 16:24 |  #8

A place I'd love to visit. A very fascinating place. Love your images.


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Mar 16, 2017 16:26 as a reply to dandai's post |  #9

Thanks for your kind words. There are more on my Flickr site. I think they start around page 7 or 8 

If you ever come to Ukraine there are tours from Kiev that you can take. They go to Prypiat then pass the reactor and the new arch. A couple of my friends have done them and said they were really good. Around $100 each I think.


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Mar 16, 2017 17:16 |  #10

Very nice, thanks for sharing! It's fascinating how quickly nature has reclaimed the buildings.


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Mar 17, 2017 06:58 as a reply to big_g's post |  #11

I'd love to see that area but the radiation fear is enough to put the shanks on that for me.


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Mar 17, 2017 12:45 |  #12

Thanks for sharing. NIce work on your Flickr site too :) I can see a Walking Dead episode be shot at Prypiat.


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Mar 18, 2017 19:45 |  #13

I enjoy these photos. It has been 47 years since visiting the Ukraine.




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Mar 19, 2017 06:35 as a reply to KeithS's post |  #14

You should come back for a trip. It has changed a lot I think :)


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Mar 19, 2017 14:44 |  #15

Yesterday went out looking for interesting things in the countryside.

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