A sunday mass in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchade in Istanbul.
The Archbishop of Constantinople (Istanbul) or the Ecumenical Patriarch, ranking as the first among equals out of 28 patriarchs in Eastern Orthodoxy, is the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
The Ecumenical Patriarch, which has a history spanning seventeen centuries, has no direct jurisdiction outside the Patriarchate of Constantinople. But his primary function regarding the whole Orthodox Church is one of dealing with relations between independent and semi-independent churches.
The Hagios Georgius Church seen in the picture was originally a nun monastery built in the 12th century. It was converted into a priest monastery when the patriarchade was moved to its current location in the Fener district in the year 1601. It was rebuilt in the 18th century in its current basilica form.
The person on the right is the current Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I.
Cropped, increased sharpness and applied a few retouches.
For another shot of the same scene in b&w see here
Sources: I , II , III
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smarcell (19875) 2011-08-23 23:13
Beautiful and interesting scene, eith a perfect light.
I love the light spot on the priest.
dip (21921) 2011-08-23 23:38
you captured very well the scene of the sunday mass,the lighting is really amazing!
nice and interesting details as well!
thanks for sharing,
annjackman (13227) 2011-08-24 0:38
What extraordinary atmosphere in this picture with the light streaming in. A very beautiful shot.
Kind Regards, Ann
amazon (12082) 2011-08-24 3:50
yine tam 12'den vuruş....candan tebrikler,
hep buralarda olun...
umutlu101 (12174) 2011-08-24 12:19
dekorluk bir detay...
cayden (2182) 2011-08-25 16:05
Harika olmuş. Tebrikler.
batalay (32864) 2011-08-26 17:59
Merhaba Sevgili Erdem Bey,
You've managed the light flawlessly in the shot in this photo, revealing the golden hues of the of the alter. It is a powerful photo, especially with the Bishop reading from the Liturgy (perhaps) help up to him by the young monk. I submitted a similar shot, but had to use my IPhone instead of a more elaborate camera. Seeing this masterpiece, I am sorry I did not take the time to set up my photo better.
Selam ve servgilerimle,
Nard (6913) 2011-08-28 0:10
What a splendid picture. The blur on the background and the light on the patriarch create a magical effect and a mystical atmosphere in accordance with the place. Congratulation.
BennyV (12787) 2011-09-20 1:00
Hello dear Erdem,
This is one I seem to have missed. Great how you captured the falling beams of light here. Very atmospheric picture.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3843)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-12
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-23 22:16