PP note: Nowadays, I insist on sepia, very well suiting my moods of autumninan/winterian melancholia. I think, it also suited well with this fragilest of all the cities. You can also find a colored one in the workshop.
The Mostar Bridge was a very famous and historical bridge before its destruction in 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The elegant bridge spanned the River Neretva and was designed by the Ottoman (Turkish) architect Mimar Hayruddin. It was completed in 1566 after nines years of building and the surrounding town became a thriving trading centre. The bridge was 29 metres in length and stood at a height of 20 metres, a classic example of a single span, stone arch bridge and was an example of advanced technology in its time. It became a World Heritage site during the twentieth century..
The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire swore to execute Mimar Hayruddin if the bridge collapsed after the wooden supports were removed. It is said that Hayruddin started to dig his own grave on the day the supports were removed. However, the bridge stood for 429 years, a testament to its excellent design and construction.
On the left side photo, you can see a part of the "Kujundziluk" - the old bazaar. It is the car-free area of Muslim Mostar where the Turkish shops are located. In this part of town you can find many artisans selling their traditional handicrafts from little shops by the side of the street: there are several interesting copper items and beautiful carpets, as well as clothes, scarves, jewelry, pipes and nargilehs. It's also the oldest - and luckily most intact - part of town.
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ryno (6865) 2006-12-04 12:55
Hi Deniz, this is an impressive shot of Mostar - I agree that sepia suits the subject well. Very good POV, because it includes the whole of the moody mountain and the old tower in the background. The clouds rolling in from the left add further atmosphere to your well-comosed photo. Good work! (and nice title too). Regards,
maki (0) 2006-12-04 13:17
As You can see in my gallery I love this place a lot and Your choice of tonality was a good idea. Maybe your POV is a little bit too classical but I can understand You with it, it's a great place to make a picture :)
sadeik (3282) 2006-12-04 14:54
Great note and I'm glad they rebuilt the bridge. The photo looks excellant in sepia
cuneyt-sb (6576) 2006-12-04 17:05
sephıa çalışman harika olmuş.Nefis bir kompozisyon ışık ve netlik hepsi süperrr.Eline sağlık.
bostankorkulugu (42486) 2006-12-04 17:36
Biliyorum mostar ama sanki atmışlı yıllarda sicilyaymış da yürüsem sophia laurenin genç haliyle karşılaşırmışım sokakta, boynunda fuları ve kabarık eteğiyle gibi geldi ilk bakışta nedense...
ben çok beğendim bu fotoğrafı, ve çok kıskandım... en kısa zamanda siyah beyaz ve hatta sepia moduna geçiim ben de bari... becerebilirsem tabi...
update: renkli hali ayrı güzel! :)
canan (989) 2006-12-05 1:49
hatırladıkça kederlendiğim bir gidememe hikayem vardır mostara...yarama tuz bastınız..hem de böyle sepya olunca iyice hüzün bürüdü...alacağınız olsun..
sendogan (658) 2006-12-06 3:01
Gormek istedigim yerlerden birisi. Sepia cok cok yakismis.Bakis acisi ve kompozisyon da isi tamamlamis. Bravo...
alessandro_1981 (302) 2006-12-06 22:24
what a shot! unbvelievable!
good the job in sephia.
elifpetan (1204) 2006-12-07 3:52
Mostar hüzün demek. Çok iyi yansıtmışsın Deniz.
ocskaymarci (2822) 2006-12-10 13:27
I like your photo very much. As far as I can remeber I've never seen this bridge from this point of view and with the surrounding buildings. I also didn't know much about it's history, but thanks to your note now I'm better informed. :)
I have a little problem with the sepia, because of my taste. (In my opinion: colour or B&W.) I saw your workshop with the original colours, and I can say you did it better that you turned it at least to sepia.
I also sent a workshop with black and white colours, and I also darkened the colors a bit. I hope you don't mind!
(It was a bit difficult to choose from your photos, because all of them are beatiful, and I would write about all of them if I had time. :D)
fotomek (920) 2006-12-22 13:09
beautiful place, well composed picture; I like sepia & BW as well! tfs - Tomasz
bubu (824) 2006-12-23 15:46
yakin bi zaman diliminde televizyonda monstar koprusunun tadilati calismasini izlemistim.
walla derlendi toplandi artık bi fotosunu cekmek lazim demistim ama tabi he deyince gidip cekilmiyo..
basarili bi sekilde yansitmissin.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-03-23 19:37
Nice capture of the bridge in b&w. Interesting light and contrast. A bit different than most of the images of this place.
sinanevman (149) 2007-11-08 7:25
Duygu, duygu, duygu...
Tebrikler ve teşekkürler.
pticaruh (276) 2008-08-28 12:52
In Bulgaria we also have some well preserved Ottoman stone bridges, like the one in Ardino - Sheitankjopru (The Devil Bridge) - tall, strong, buth on three pillars. I like this bridge, and the feedback you posted. I find also a certain sense in the clouds over the Muslim Mostar, opposing the hill on the other side of the compostition.
daddo (28110) 2009-06-20 2:53
Merhaba Deniz. I see that your sentiments and mine are the same when this bridge and town are concerned. Your title echoes the ones I used when posting images of Stari Most. Nice effect created by the sepia. Lovely light also. Selamlar. Klaudio.