Istanbul Trip, Day 1, Scene 2
When we got to Istanbul, the weather was still nice. In fact, when the captain announced that it was 14° C and partially cloudy, I thought "Nice!" As I got on a cab from the airport, I could see the dark clouds in the north and got the news from the cab driver they were expecting rain and cold the following week.
In the afternoon, we walked to Emirgan Sütiş as my first venture out of the house. During my travel to Turkey and the first few days there, the buzz was on the Russian invasion of the Crimea. So, when I saw this warship sailing north through the Bosphorus, I grabbed my camera and ran out. In photography, my motto is "Shoot first, ask questions later." My niece guessed that it was the USS Truxtun, which had been reported to enter the straits a while ago. When I did my research for this note, lo and behold, I found this blurb about this warship in Wikipedia: On 6 March 2014, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the USS Truxtun left Greece on the way to the Black Sea and was going to conduct training with the Romanian and Bulgarian navies. On 5 March 2014, Turkish authorities gave permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus Straits. This modest U.S. show of force a single warship to the Black Sea was intended to calm the nerves of former Soviet republics and satellites nervous about Russias actions in invading and taking Crimea in Ukraine, and was meant as "strategic reassurance".
USS Truxtun Boğazda: İstanbul Seyahati, Gün 1, Sahne 2
İstanbul'a vardığımızda, hava hala güzeldi. Kaptan havanın 14° C ve kısmen bulutlu olduğunu açıklayınca, ben "Güzel!" diye düşündüm. Havaalanından taksiye bindiğimde kuzeyde karanlık bulutları gördüm ve taksi şoföründen bir sonraki hafta yağmur ve soğuk bekledikleri haberini aldım.
Öğleden sonra evden dışarı ilk çıkışım olarak Emirgan Sütişe yürüdük. Benim Türkiye'ye yolculukta ve orada ilk birkaç gün boyunca, vızıltı Kırımın Rusya tarafından işgali idi. Ben Boğaz içinden kuzeye geçen bu savaş gemisini görünce, hemen fotoğraf makinemi yakaladım ve dışarıya koştum. Fotoğrafçılıkta, benim sloganı " Önce vur , sonra soru sor"dur. Yeğenim bir süre önce boğazlara girdiği rapor edilmiş USS Truxtun olduğunu tahmin etti. Ben bu not için araştırma yaptığimda, işte, Vikipedide bu savaş gemisi hakkında şunu buldum : 6 Mart 2014 günü, ABD Deniz Kuvvetleri USS Truxtunın Karadeniz'e doğru Yunanistan'ı terk ettiğini doğruladı ve Rumen ve Bulgar donanmaları ile eğitim yapmak için gidiyordu. 5 Mart 2014 tarihinde, Türk makamları Boğazları geçmesi için ABD Deniz Kuvvetleri savaş gemisine izin verdi. Bu mütevazı ABD güç gösterisi -Karadeniz'e tek bir savaş gemisi- Ukrayna'da Kırımı işgal ederek alan Rusya'nın eylemleri hakkında sinirli eski Sovyet cumhuriyetlerinin ve uydularının sinirlerini yatıştırmak için tasarlandı ve "stratejik güvence" olarak ifade edilmiştir.
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dta (77107) 2014-03-21 13:36
Hello Murat ,
Excellent documentary shot (and interesting note) , and very good capture of the boat in difficult light conditions .
Well done .
PaulVDV (28219) 2014-03-21 14:27
Not exactly the kind of weather I'd like to have on a journey, but it provides a very nice picture of the misty edges of the Bosphorus with the houses spread all over the slopes.
If you don't know Istanbul, you can not even say with certainty how high these hills still reach. Frankly, even much higher than I remember from a long-ago trip.
The blurred image of this city on the hills still has a certain charm.
Regarding the USS Truxtun: That is another story. Hopefully each interested party uses common sense.
Best regards, Paul
emka (95161) 2014-03-21 23:21
hello Murat, What a documentary shot. The weather not inviting but the photo with this fog looks very attractive. How these events evolve is so worrying.
have a nice weekend
ikeharel (69809) 2014-03-22 3:31
Easy sailing on the Bosphoros, not a battle charged speed, Murat, indication also from the low wakes it left behind the stern.
Yet, interesting situation that Turkey is in the major waterway between the super-powers.
Fine shot inspite the grey sky over, very dynamic.
ourania (44302) 2014-03-22 4:24
an impressive and unsettling view under the current circumstances in Ukraine. I instinctively juxtaposed this theme and its atmosphere to your post of a few days ago "İstanbulu Anıyorum". Such a striking contrast! You captured this scene very aptly, the depth is great and the background is interesting too. The moody fog and the colours can reinforce a particular interpretation of the scene. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
arnie (1805) 2014-03-22 5:03
A very sharp capture of the ship and it's escort given the dull conditions. Interesting notes.
ChrisJ (112313) 2014-03-22 8:10
Interesting. Looks a little like the Turkish navy shipyards and museum near Kocaeli. Good sharpness considering the distance and the speedboat alongside provides scale. The heavy overcast skies have given diffused light and maximum shadow detail. Tfs!
kato (11630) 2014-03-22 9:59
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle that the USS Truxtun of the U.S. Navy passes through the Bosphorus Straits. It's also impressive in the many tasteful houses which stand on hill or mountain slope in back. I suppress to describe my political issue for right or wrong of annexation problem in Ukraine. It seems to the difference of the opinion of West and Russia about justice, and the quality of the political competence of Putin and Obama is tried in this time.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-22 10:36
As I read in your note this to be a US frigate why does it have a Turkish flag, is it customary to hoist the flag of the country through which it is passing through? I like the unequal competition between the huge warship and the small speedboat. The grey warship has blended well with the grey sky and grey water. Fine shot despite the low light. Thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (65274) 2014-03-22 15:49
The distance between the warship and the shore is giving deph to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and the colours of the warship. The cludy sky is givin a god contrast to the olours. Have a nice day.
marabu61 (10775) 2014-03-22 16:30
Quite a start to a holiday, being greeted by the local marine ...
Seing the Bosphorus on a cloudy and overcast day is really an unusual sight indeed.
have a great sunday
serp2000 (43800) 2014-03-25 23:21
Like a boy I am still loving a military technic etc. This is very attractive photo of the US vessel with Turkisg background. I see you had have not the best weather for pictures. TFS!
jmdias (63396) 2014-03-28 2:05
despite the bad weather the view is very nice. we have a perspective of the urban landscape ahead and the ships gives a sense of movement. nice job.
- Copyright: Murat Tanyel (mcmtanyel) (21810)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-07
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z980, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-21 12:40