It may not have a particularly romantic name but Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, also a UNESCO Heritage Site, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, cathedrals and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings.
Being a centre of spice and slave trade in the past, here, Africa meets Persia, Arabia, India and China with some Portugese, Dutch and British thrown in just to confuse the outcome. Shirazi Persians and the Omani Arabs settled and ruled the Sultanate which explains the Arab-dominated influences that endure today.
Photo taken from a small plane carrying some 6 people, flying from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam on a fine August day.
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lousat (74955) 2014-01-07 3:07
WAAW Deniz,i been there 4 years ago and it's beautiful to see the old town from the plane in this interesting close-up!Magnificent capture with great details everywhere despite the distance,very bright colors too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-07 3:13
I see you have become addicted to super high POV's, good for us viewers though we are getting to see such unique sights.
Fantastic shot! less said the better.
emka (76355) 2014-01-07 3:24
fantastic aerial view from not to high POV. Small plane for six, rather not. I would be quite green leaving it (I was once in Nazca, horrible). Fantastic houses and marvelous beaches, I saw many fine pictures from Stone Town by Luciano and it is worth going there. And what isn't :). The emerald water looks so inviting and no one is swimming. I don't think there are crocodiles or jelly fishes there.
I am looking forward to seeing more pictures from Zanzibar, it must have been a heaven for street photographer.
danos (85143) 2014-01-07 3:55
excellent the aerial view of the place from the small plane with the curve of the coastline and the turquoise sea waters to make the scene very exciting.Really the name of the city is a bit strange for the place,as i see there is not a stone in a place to be overanged.
holmertz (39489) 2014-01-07 4:12
What an amazing view this is. I was here almost 20 years ago and learned to find my way around reasonably well, but I can't identify one single building or street from this perspective. It doesn't matter, it's still fascinating to let my eyes roam the narrow streets, like in a multi-coloured Google Earth.
jhm (137610) 2014-01-07 5:04
Stone town is almost an anthill of houses.
But this is almost in all cities certainly the old cities..
Lovely architecture picture with nice decorative elements
A lovely perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
dkmurphys (48088) 2014-01-07 6:18
The panorama looks great, I hope it's nice also inside. Fine colors, that beach is amazing.
Have a good afternoon.
SnapRJW (30685) 2014-01-07 6:21
Hello Deniz - I'm quite jealous, we went to Zanzibar several years ago but didn't see Stone Town from this vantage point although we did fly in on a tiny plane. I have enjoyed looking at this to see landmarks that I recognise. I see the Cathedral and a little slice of the old Portuguese Fort and doesn't the sea look superb. A shot that reminds me of what a super place this is. Warm regards rosemary
saxo042 (37220) 2014-01-07 8:00
A very attractive aerial shot over this city. It is quite easy to compare this view with the Google satellite view. From this perspective, the buildings form a very fine pattern and the beach here looks fantastic.
jemaflor (82958) 2014-01-07 11:36
An interesting pov on the town, nice result with the curve of the beach and the lovely blue sea.
nikkitta (14308) 2014-01-07 12:43
Not romantic title but original capture from the air that lets admire city and impresive beach
Like this way to discover a city, big buildings, vegetation and piscine of what must be an Hotel?
Your note description is well wrtten telling this incredible mix of cultures
You are the only one to discover Museum and Exibition on my post, sao you get the award of..being added at my fav list
npecanhuk (63522) 2014-01-07 14:51
Very interesting and attractive picture!
Aerial pov, composition, colors and exposure are highlights!
I love the colors of that water!
I really enjoy seeing all the details of that city down there!
TFS - congrats,
Periko (2569) 2014-01-07 15:50
Privileged and well used point of view to show this famous place.
Noel_Byrne (22751) 2014-01-08 5:16
Thats some point of view! I read your note to say you were on a plane, but I had wondered how you managed to achieve this, and once again the house with the balloons tied to it from the movie UP sprang to mind.
Love your note to go with this too, I look at the old city and it is beautiful, but with your words, I can easily picture those princes and merchants vying for grandeur in the fine palaces. Great share, thanks for this.
All the best
cornejo (30033) 2014-01-08 5:26
Hi Deniz, excellent aerial photograph of this beautiful and interesting city, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
wolf38 (31258) 2014-01-08 10:36
Hello Deniz. Seen from above, the city looks as if it was bordered by a turquoise emerald. This image is a color photo in the sense of the word. Informative text.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
macjake (54876) 2014-01-08 11:38
I personally love travelling by these small planes, even though they are often referred to as death traps!
It was surprising to see there are pages and pages and pages of photos posted on TE from "Stone Town"...i didn't expect that.
Was it safe here, did you go walking around those narrow streets? I guess it is, you just have to be smart about it right?
love the little boat in the corner, it adds alot to the photo despite is small scale size.
InasiaJones (31448) 2014-01-08 15:08
THe story doesn't tell if you have set the foot on the island, but I am assuming that it isn't the case, as you would have published some images from there already.
But what an amazing view you are presenting from this exclusive point of view, just high enough to get an overall sense of the place, while being close enough to present details and recognizable landmarks.
Your note resumes what Stone Town is all about, something that leaves an indelible impression.
boa (5939) 2014-01-09 1:16
an excellent overview of this historical city! I like StoneTown a lot, especially the winding alleys and the exotic impression. A very laidback place! The water here looks fantastic, it is also a good light in this shot, well done!
Have a nice day/
Didi (56047) 2014-01-09 8:07
Interesting aerial view
But the houses are to close of the sea
What happen when the ocean is rough in a storm ?
bona (12455) 2014-01-09 10:00
What fantastic place this town of Zanzibar. The sea colors is wonderful and the point of view from the place is great. You tell in your note you were in a small plane, but all passengers have this view from the plane?
trevormoffiet (3048) 2014-01-10 3:41
This is a really great shot of this old city. It seems to be much more modern than I had imagined.
mesutilgim (82266) 2014-01-10 13:07
Selam sevgili Deniz,
Geçtiğimiz yaz Afrodisyasda genç bir arkdaş model uçağa kamerasını takıp yukardan enfes görüntüler çekti. Bu kareyi görünce o aklıma geldi.
Sen biraz daha büyük bir uçaktan çekmişsin.
Tek kelimeyle enfes.
Selam ve sevgiler
serp2000 (39248) 2014-01-11 4:22
Superb! I can imagine your emotions at the moment. Outstanding presentation of the Stone Town, perfect DoF, excellent colors. Thanks for so interesting and informative note.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2014-01-11 6:08
you've captured and presented this mix of cultures and people exactly as i most love to see them ~ not warring, but rather a cacophony of styles and tastes and interests all jamming together in a crazy mash-up :)
i appreciate how visual your photographer's note with lines like "grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings" and "being a centre of spice and slave trade in the past, here, Africa meets Persia, Arabia, India and China with some Portugese, Dutch and British thrown in just to confuse the outcome." nicely and evocatively put.
you and i are at the opposite ends of the sky with our shots these days ~ you with the bird's eye perspective and mine closer to the worm ;)
mcmtanyel (12017) 2014-01-12 16:45
İyi Akşamlar Deniz Bey,
Belki sokaklarda dolaşırken sevimli gelebilir ama bu yükseklikten sadece karmaşa görünüyor. Binalar tam kıyıya kadar gelmişler, kumluk kalmamış. Neyse ama, bizim gibi, belediye gelip denizi doldurmamış daha.
Şehrin karmaşasının hemen yanında okyanusun sadeliği çok dinlendirici. Pek başarılı bit fotoğraf.
PS. Martın ikinci haftası İstanbula uçmayı planlıyorum. Görüşme fırsatı olabilir mi?
Angshu (55259) 2014-01-13 0:47
'Stone town' - is the name derived from the fact that the houses were built of stone..or is it because it was close to the diamond mines?
The scene is quite unique in POV...from an aeroplane with the timing well done to have the blue water girdling the mesh of houses which seem to throttle up all available space and make a plunge to the sea..
jcpix (13394) 2014-01-15 18:53
I had to backtrack a bit through your gallery, this one was too good to pass up. In fact, I'm baffled as to how I ever missed it in the first place!? What a terrific aerial shot, this is a view anyone would love to have! The mixture of colors and shapes within the town itself seen from this vantage point are stunning, and to then have them in conjunction with the tropical colors of the water along the bottom of the frame is simply a treat on the senses. :) Smart composition, this is far and away so much more than an average airplane snapshot. This would make Google maps jealous. :) Have a great one. Take it easy.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2014-01-16 22:31
Great POV! Ive never seen such crowded town like this beside the beach. The waters and the white sand is simply inviting. Could imagine getting out of that maze and seeing the beach as your reward. Definitely a great shot! I'd love to visit this place someday.
Thanks for sharing bud!
adores (35665) 2014-01-18 13:27
Hope to go there, one day:)! It looks so interesting and colourful from here. You got a good quality shot, I specially like the pov, the tonalities of the water and the boat passing.
tober (8797) 2014-01-23 7:04
Harikulade! Kentin kaotik görüntüsüyle denizin turkuaz-mavi duruluğuna geçiş katmanları enfes. 6 kişilik uçakla bu kadar alçaktan uçmak insanın ayağının altına enfes fotojenik malzemeler sunar ama ürpertici olmuyor mu?
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-04-25 0:33
well,that´s another place I´d love to visit someday(ok.I know the list could be pretty long:)
I like aerial shots and this one captures well the essence of Stone Town and it´s well balanced between the maze of the architecture and maritime character of the town.
And of course I love the beautiful colors:)
siudzi (33003) 2014-07-23 2:58
What a superb view this! You have selected a great high POV for taking this presentation. It looks really unique and interesting. Love it! Excellent capture as always.
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-07 3:02