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About megapixels and more ...

Once I used a Sony Ericsson phone button phone with a built-in camera - for it a thickening of the case was made and the sliding cover protected the "Zeiss" optics, so that what was built in was another matter. Gigabytes of its images are still stored on a hard disk and I'm not ashamed to publish them after minimal processing. Now I also have Sony with 23 megapixels - a giant number for a smartphone camera, but the quality is achieved, apparently, by hardware processing, and the images are "heavy" (otherwise it's not cool). As long as the pixel size does not reach the minimum size limit, the quality will be determined by the size of the matrix, and only in megapixels it is necessary to take into account in comparison.

This was the preface to the fact that there will be photos from the smartphone Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. This is not my Nikon D60 mirror, where the pixels in the matrix are half as large. However, to compare these devaysy there is no sense, but I do not see any gain from double superiority in megapixels and I strictly ask not to judge for quality.

I have come to Izmailovo for many years, next to the newly-built Izmaylovsky Kremlin, but I only got out yesterday in the Gosudarev Dvor, which is just off the beaten path, which still bears the name of a bandit-revolutionary. I noticed that I would have to look in the summer with a mirror. The weather was cloudy, but for a few minutes the sun suddenly appeared, allowing two or three bright shots. I superstitiously considered it a greeting from the Heavenly Chancery after visiting the cathedral in honor of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where, in fact, and was heading. And yes - the sun helped the camera still smartphone does not drop its samurai reputation.

So, what is there so beautiful? Here is a good view of the Izmailovo Kremlin from the humpback bridge:

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The Rider

Then we go to the territory of the Gosudarev Dvor, which on the map is called "a town named after Bauman" and see the North Gate in perspective:

The southern gates from the opposite side look impressive due to the cathedral domes:

Cathedral in honor of the Protection of the Holy Virgin from different angles, on the left there are already visible errors of hardware zoom:

And finally - the view from the outside to the South Gate near and from the fountain, which at this time is completely dry:

Yes, on the smartphone's screen everything looks very good, but it's only necessary to increase the picture ... and immediately remember about the Nikon SLR.


Lucius Cornelius Sulla - dictator, rotten alive

At the end of life, the dictator of Rome Lucius Cornelius Sulla added to his name the word "Felix", which means "lucky". Luck really accompanies him in all his endeavors. With a contented smile, he won battles, destroyed political opponents and played the destinies of the inhabitants of Rome. After a terrible death to achieve the royal honors - is this not luck?


The future dictator of Rome was born in a noble family, whose well-being, however, remains in the past. His great-great-great-grandfather, who managed to be a consul and even, like, a dictator, suffered for his love of luxury. The manners in Rome in the 3rd century BC were ascetic, and Senator Cornelius found more silverware at home than was supposed, he was expelled from the Senate in disgrace. Then the genus Corneliev was completely impoverished. Young Lucius Sulla had to pay out of a small inheritance the debts left after his father. He did not even have his own house, that in his circle was considered almost no poverty.
However, the material problems did not greatly oppress Sulla. He spent his youth cheerfully - at feasts and binges. He received a good education, but for the time being he did not think about the state arena, nor about his military career. He started the service late. Only at age 31 he became a quaestor - far from being the most important assistant in the army of Consul Gaius Maria. His army went to the North African Numidia to fight with the burgeoning Tsar Jugurtha, who killed dozens of peaceful Romans.


Bust Gaius Maria
In the officer circle of the Roman swish, Sulla was first received unhallfully, the pampered and refined quaestor was despised and treated. It did not last long - thanks to a good-natured and innate charisma, Sulla managed to become a favorite in a few months not only for Maria, but for the whole army. Soon the quaestor had a chance to prove that he was not only the soul of any company, but a brave and cunning warrior. In 105 BC, the defeated Jugurtha took shelter from his father-in-law, the king of Mauritania Bokkh. Sulla undertook to convince the latter to give Rome his own son-in-law. With a small detachment, he went to the camp of Bokkh, not knowing which side the king of Mauritania - Jugurtha or Sulla would accept. The risk was great, but Bokh turned out to be a smart politician and realized on whose side the power was.
Thanks to the capture of Jugurtha, Sulla received the post of legate and became famous for the whole army. During the triumph in Rome official honors were given to Mary, but the whole city knew that the main role in this victory was played by a young officer from the genus Corneliev. Marius began to be jealous of Sulla. His envy intensified after the German campaign, when Sulla, who had already become a military tribune, captured the leader of the Tiktosagi Kopilla.
Battle of the Romans with the Germans. From the picture of Giovanni Batista Tiepol


Returned in 101 BC before Rome, the conqueror of the Alpine barbarians Sulla decided to participate in the praetor elections, one of the two supreme judges, but to his surprise he lost. Even outdoor advertising did not help, the statue in the center of the city depicting the capture of Sulla by King Jugurtha. The Roman plebs wanted to spit on the statue, and on victories in the distant Alps. He wanted the candidate to arrange a pre-election circus show with gladiators and lions. A year later, Sulla took the lesson into account and was elected a city praetor. Several dozens of lions and gladiators have become victims of this successful campaign.
After his reign in Cilicia, where Sulla confirmed his diplomatic and military abilities, he had to conduct military operations very close to Rome. Numerous Italian tribes wanted to have the same rights as the inhabitants of the eternal city, and raised an uprising. Sulla chased rebels throughout Italy and broke their tribes one after another. He differentiated reprisals against the insurgents: he persisted in resisting the city to loot soldiers or burned, and with those who surrendered without a fight, he simply signed a treaty of alliance with Rome. As a result of the war, which was called Allied, Italics were defeated, but they obtained the rights they sought. And Sulla became the protagonist of the entire campaign and easily elected consuls.


Bust of Sulla from the museum in Venice
Just at this time in 88 BC, the Pontus king Mithridates VI unleashed a war against Rome. By order of the ruler of the Black Sea region in Asia Minor, more than 30 thousand Roman citizens were killed. The command of the army, which was supposed to subdue Mithridates, entrusted the consul Sulle, but he did not even have time to reach the troops, as there were problems. His former boss and old envious Gaius Marius also wanted to lead an army that was heading to rich areas. His intrigues almost led to the massacre in the Senate: the Marian oppositionists took daggers at the meeting and almost stopped them. Under the pressure of such arguments, the Senate appointed the new commander Maria, but Sulla was already in the military camp. The soldiers adored him, and not for a beautiful face and the right speech - he generously handed out his legio


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