In April 2017 Lili and I visited the Mezhyhirya Residence, the former home of Viktor Yanukovych. The former President of Ukraine lived here until fleeing the country during the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution.
The estate is now a museum that showcases Yanukovych’s luxurious and corrupt lifestyle.
- Camera: ILCE-7RM2
- Focal length: 25mm
- Flash fired: yes
- Shutter speed: 1/320s
- Aperture: ƒ/6.3
- ISO: 160
This was one of the first locations we shot at. The road lies on the eastern side of the estate, on the bank of the Dnieper river.
Lili normally works as my assistant, but is also a professional model. On most shoots she holds the off-camera flash. As she was modelling that day, I had to rest my Godox AD200 on a nearby fence to provide some fill light.
The photo was taken with a Sony A7RII camera in manual mode. There were minimal adjustments in Lightroom (highlights lowered). In Photoshop a distracting crack in the road was removed with the healing brush and content-aware fill.
Final postprocessing work was completed in Exposure X2. An Ilford Delta 3200 film emulation preset was applied, together with a subtle vignette.
Mezhyhirya Residence and the surrounding area is shown in the map below.