This is the traditional village of Ibrahim Pasa, perched on the top of a limestone gorge, in Central Anatolia. Hundreds of photographs have been posted to TrekEarth from Cappadocia, but this is the first that I can see of this quaint village which is a somewhat off the beaten track, and therefore attracts only a small number of tourists – mainly trekkers on the Babayan Plateau.
I took this photograph early in the morning, before many people were up and about, from a hot-air balloon which our pilot managed to manoeuvre down into the gorges and give us an eye-level view of the old houses, many of which seemed to be built very precariously on the edge of the gorge.
I took a number of pictures as we descended and as we drifted through the gorges, and it was hard to choose which one to post, so I have posted a higher view and a lower view in the workshop.
A balloon is an ideal way to see these out-of-the-way villages in Cappadocia, but of course when you set off in the morning, you will never be sure which villages you will be seeing because that all depends on the direction of the wind.
Ibrahim Pasa is named after one of the Grand Viziers of the Ottoman Empire, but I am not sure which one because there were three of the same name – one in the 16th century, one in the 17th century and one in the 18th century. I assume it is the last one because his full title was Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasa (the first word meaning ‘from Nevşehir’).
PP: Slight adjustments to levels and contrast, and USM at 200%.
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siolaw (38262) 2006-08-28 12:20
Excellent POV on that village, with great colors and lots of detaols to look at... an onteresting note too..
Rossignol (2289) 2006-08-28 12:20
Superb and interesting shot, David. The POV from the balloon is brilliant and because it is taken early in the morning the air and light have great clarity. The architecture is unusual and attractive with the bright white walls. From this height and angle it looks almost like a model. Nice exposure and good sharp image.
gravatar (1586) 2006-08-28 12:22
Beautiful shot from a great perspective.
ahmet54 (3045) 2006-08-28 14:26
ballooning in Cappadocia, that's a dream. Your shot is great and detailed. I like your composition with the mosque in the centre. Please show more aerial shots of Cappadocia to us.
vedra (0) 2006-08-28 15:46
I like this very much! This photo offers a beatiful view to a very original city. I like the way how the architecture adjusted to the landscape in this place. Most of the roofs are flat and white so the city fits prefectly among the surrounding nature. Great work.
cyrrhus (2878) 2006-08-29 4:10
I would have loved to fly in the same balloon !
I appreciate your contribution to TE with an "off the beaten tracks" POV.
This one is great although the sun is still very low on the horizon.
Everything still seems asleep.
jrj (34841) 2006-08-30 5:16
Absolute interesting this 'birdview' of the village. Good crop and a well disposed compo - top details
oochappan (22043) 2006-08-31 2:29
Great POV David, to see this city from above, very fine sharp detailled to see the graphical structured roofs and the organic curving streets with the minaret dominating above the city. The moment is also well choosen for the light and the shadow on top. A fine shot.
riclopes (35577) 2006-08-31 6:54
Olá David, I remember so well this place and I even walk in that gorge seen upthere, in this image. Everyday I took my breakfast on the terrace of my lodge, in Goreme, while the ballons were passing by, some of them, really close! The trip is worth it, but it was still too much expensive for me. This view is just great and it shows very well the beaty of these villages. The world seen from above gives another dimension to everything. I love it, along with the complementar ones in WS. Thanks for sharing,
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-08-31 8:15
What a beautiful view,
Thanks for introducing me to this village, I have been to turkey three times and I am always amazed at the wealth of sites that one can find. I will keep it in mind for next time I go there.
What is the best way of getting there?
Polonaise (5802) 2006-09-01 17:24
Unpretentious beauty. Clear and clean professionalism. Photo to study, to taste, to enjoy. Your note David, matches your picture. This is N.G. work. Crystal pure. I know now more about this place than from hundreds of 'artistic' approaches to the same theme.
Thanks David. And I really mean it.
kensimage (8561) 2006-09-03 13:54
What a unique way to see that picturesque town! (Better watch out for that minaret in a balloon, though.) It looks like they do a great job maintaining a uniform architectural style. Nicely framed shot, thanks for bringing this place to us. Regards, Ken.
PJE (20758) 2006-09-03 16:37
David when you mentioned the hot air balloon that explained the detail and the perspective. Nice work on capturing this photo. I bet the balloon ride was alot of fun in too. I can see some nice morning highlights bolting across the village. Nice work!
bakes888 (18499) 2006-09-05 0:50
Hi David. Wonderful view of this wonderful village all wonderfully captured. I can see I am going to have to give this balloon thing some serious thought as well. Thanks for sharing.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-09-05 12:22
great shot here, I like the way you took this photo, very sharp indeed, I like the amount of things you managed to capture, well done
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-09-13 5:09
Great view of the Ibrahim Pasa, David !
Excellent POV, sharpness and depth. Very good colours and light.
Thanks and have a nice day,
MIG13 (0) 2006-09-14 23:46
WOW, David! What a wonderful panoramic pic! Great composition, in nice colours and very sharp! Well done, my friend! TFS! Greetings from Rio! Miguel.
vinicio (23415) 2006-10-11 2:27
Excellent aerial view David, perfect shot of this beautiful town and excellent image quality, a lot of details to discover looking down :-) Compliments.
JCG (35129) 2006-10-22 4:37
A very pretty sight of this small Turkish village. The clearness and the light of the image are perfect and make us profit from many details. A very beautiful composition, cheer.
batalay (35187) 2006-11-06 15:24
This is genuinely impressive aereal photo over Cappadocia -- not of the fairy-chimneys, but a small town instead. Like most ancient towns it appears to have grown according to the topography of the land, and not dictated by a master plan. The single minaret (quite rare for a town in Turkey) appears to be right down the bisector of the frame, and with the bridge just behind, highlighting an especially beautiful part of the town. Composition, light, exposure -- all first class. Bulent
stego (24000) 2006-11-30 23:37
Beautiful photo of that charming village. It proves that the region would be lovely even if it wasn't for those fairy tales rock formations that make it famous.
As allways with you, fantastic sharpness and colors.
capthaddock (28790) 2008-01-21 9:07
I saws this by random, the spread of the village over the landscape is interesting, the elevated position shows the main square where important events of the village I suppose happen.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 12:15