Well, i'm back on TE after about a 5 week absence. It's a good feeling to post a photo again.
I have so many photos to go through and select, so it will be a long process. What I think I'll do is post a photo from each country, mixing it up every time.
So lets start with the beginning of our trip in Istanbul. A huge thank you goes out to Deniz, who met up with Tosca and myself for 4 days, showing us around the large city.
And of course it was Deniz's fault that it was raining for the first 2 days, he should have done better to prepare for his guests! haha
Actually, the rain helped with this photo as the wet soaked ground made for a sleek presentation.
Tosca and I woke up super early to catch the blue hour at the Blue Mosque. Thankfully the yellow lights stayed on long enough because soon after this photo was taken they turned off.
Thanks again Deniz, you were a great help and a cool guy!
If it were not for you Deniz, Tosca and I would STILL be trying to find our way out of Balat! lol
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holmertz (59032) 2014-06-10 7:46
When the minarets start leaning dangerously I know that you are back with your fish-eye;-)
Mosques or churches or skyscrapers always look cooler through your lens.
Personally I have been busy the past few weeks taking very modest pictures all over Poland. Right now I'm in Krakow but I have a meeting scheduled with Malgo in Warsaw Friday, and most likely Saturday too.
mkamionka (39937) 2014-06-10 7:47
welcome back. I have seen already on FB that you had quite a long trip, I am very excited to see your photos. This is a great start here -something I dream to do someday! Istanbul is the very 1st position on the list of cities I would like visit next. But it may not happen for me in the next few years.
Wet pavement added indeed a nice touch here.
tyro (26142) 2014-06-10 8:09
Welcome back after your long absence! I look forward to seeing many more pictures from your recent travels - especially if the rest are as good as this one. Nice to know too that you were well looked after by Deniz, although it sounds like he wasn't very good at controlling the weather!
Another fine photograph from your super-wide "city" lens, probably taken at its shortest length of 8mm, I suspect. The symmetrical composition is wonderful, the "lean" on those tall minarets is spectacular, but it is the fabulous light - the way the warm artificial light combines with the cold blue natural light of dawn - which makes this image so magical. And, of course, the stunning reflections off the wet stone slabs in the foreground too.
Gorgeous light and colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
P.S. Just a wee question - is this HDR? I suspect it isn't but I'm probably wrong!
lousat (97497) 2014-06-10 8:14
Hi Craig,welcome back! It's nice to see you again and to see your pics from your european trip.Magnificent start of the serie with this spectacular view from Istanbul,a great POV and a top quality pic.I'm curious to watch your top class pics from my country too...ehee....have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
danos (103082) 2014-06-10 8:23
welcome back from your journy of Turkey with this beautiful photo taken the best time of the day the blue hour.I like the creative perspective,the light and the colour management as the beauty of the Mosque with the 'golden' lights to make the scene even more effective.
Nicou (150928) 2014-06-10 9:22
quelle compo nocturne et vue sueprbe quel minarets qui ressortent tout en hauteur et ce rendu sur le pavage brillant sueprbe compo.
bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-10 9:25
Welcome back Craig - I've missed you and your photographs so it's good to see your first posting from the wonderful city of Istanbul and to read that you have loads of shots to sort through. That means we will have plenty to enjoy over the next while.
The Blue Mosque at Blue Hour .... appropriate and lovely. I am struck by the fact that I see not even one person. Nicely done.
mesutilgim (97474) 2014-06-10 9:35
Nice surprise for me, that you've been in my beautiful homecity !
Deniz (as goodwill ambassador to TE for Turkey) was a perfect choice, but I would be able as being older than Deniz (now I am 72) :
1) To Show you many other interesting hidden beauties of İstanbuk which Deniz does not know and
2) Stop the rain :-)
Anyhow, I am glad that my city has impressed you and this nice capture from Blue Mosque shall be a good start for many others to come !
TFS and best regards
umutlu101 (13629) 2014-06-10 9:55
tu as la chance de n’avoir personne pendent ce 8 seconde.
belle presentation de cette mosquée
mjw364 (1466) 2014-06-10 10:21
I guess security was a little amiss here letting you take shots of these two warheads?!
Seriously how did you find a space with no people in it in the middle of Istanbul? Even before the call to prayer? Now that's what you call dedication!
Great shot of a blue moment - that's the issue in such places the best light is at the beginning and the end of the day - you need to do it to get it.
Yep - spent a great time with Juan and Krys in Barca - it was loads of fun - Juan is always a great host and the city never stops feeding your eyes with potential images. My favourite place on the whole planet.
Thanks - nice to have you back.
emka (106608) 2014-06-10 10:30
Hi Craig, Welcome back on TE! I saw some photos by Tosca and I am sure you had fantastic trip to Turkey, Greece and Italy. I have been waitibg impatiently for your first (and later) shots. Early blue hour in the Blue Mosque. But where are the people? It is so empty because of rain? Wow, you had great time with Deniz, I had it too. He is fantastic guy and guide. Pity he didn't do better with the weather. For the old ladies he was more generous, haha.
Yes, I can't wait to meet Gert in Warsaw on Friday and maybe on Saturday morning. And on Saturday I am to meet my school mates after FIFTY years, you can imagine my excitement.
Hugs for you and Tosca
cornejo (46708) 2014-06-10 10:35
Hi Craig, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting mosque, beautifully captured in this beautiful mirror image, with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (32587) 2014-06-10 10:40
Five weeks on the road, that promises! Then you'll have seen much and have experienced a lot.
Indeed the wet pavement reflects nicely the lights and at the left also the columns, the arches and the windows.
This shot must have been taken very early since there's nobody else around. And at that time the clouded sky wasn't yet dull grey but still attractively blue.
Best regards, Paul
ktanska (29223) 2014-06-10 10:44
This is so easy to recognize as yours! Wide angle rules, and wet pavement has very nice reflections. Good that you were there early, as I'm clearly too lazy for such.
Which side this is from?
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2014-06-10 11:23
Great to see you post, I hope your travels were fruitful. If this scene is ants thing to go by, all I can say is wooooooooo. What an amazing scene! The fish eye effect on the lens helps make this a really special shot, with the curving lens presenting this amazing work of architecture in a way I have never before seen for a mosque. As you rightly say the rain has helped create a beautiful effect on the ground, and the golden light is magic, especially running up the sides of the minarets. Fantastic shot, thanks for sharing this wonder!
Best wishes from the land of eternal rain, but no scenes like this, haha.
Sonata11 (34007) 2014-06-10 12:58
Hello dear Craig, wow! this is very beautiful architecture. Very beautiful composition wonderfully executed. Colors, sharpness, clarity are fantastic. I like it the reflection and illuminate. Best regards, Barbara
kasianowak (10405) 2014-06-10 13:26
Fascinating shot, with the reflections, skillful composition and the perfect mix of complementary colours. As you say in the note, you were lucky it was raining. :)
Royaldevon (43287) 2014-06-10 14:07
Five weeks! It must feel like a life time. I can just imagine the number of shots that you have to process!
Anyway, it is good to have you back. We all share in the travels on TE and enjoy seeing new places ... maybe places we become inspired to visit ourselves.
Yes, I like the wet ground, it extends the light with its reflections, complementing the gilded arches surrounding the yard. The tilting minarets draw the eyes into the centre, where the rising dome completes this quite spectacular building.
I imagine it created a feeling of awe!
carlo62 (54870) 2014-06-10 15:59
bentornato e con buone foto a quanto vedo.
Questa è magnifica, la bella architettura è perfettamente ripresa nell'ora blu e il pavimento bagnato si è colorato dei riflessi perfettamente.
Adesso so anche a chi rivolgermi se avessi bisogno di pioggia ;)
delpeoples (59772) 2014-06-10 17:44
Ahhh your back! I missed you, but it was great keeping in touch via Insta and email.
This one definitely announces your triumphant return. It's stunning in every sense of he word. I love the Blue Hour, the reflections from the wet pavement and the awesome distortion caused by the wide angle lens. Quality and quantity in one photo. And then we also get to hear of Deniz - Uber Guide and Turkish TE Good Will Ambassador. Hope you had a ball and thanks for sharing.
Hugs to you and T in "Canadia" - can you believe our moronic Prime Minister called Canada that during his diplomatic tour to your country? Ooh embarrassment!
npecanhuk (78475) 2014-06-10 18:38
Very attractive picture!
Exposure, colors and symmetrical composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
jcpix (13948) 2014-06-10 20:07
Well looky here, the Mac is back! :) I figured we had to be getting close to your return, and I've been waiting anxiously to see what stories and pictures you're going to have for us...and what a great way to start!
I was once able to take 5 weeks off for a Euro-trip...was glad when I was back to the comfort of home, but sure didn't want to leave either...you know the feeling, yeah?
So worth getting out of bed at the crack of dawn when you can get a shot like this. As Gert mentioned, as soon as I saw this in the gallery, even before seeing your name, I thought it had to be one of your wide angle beauties...and sure enough! :)
Deniz may not have been able to control nature (what a slacker. lol), but the rain paid off for effect on the reflected pavement, and you took full advantage. Looking forward to following along your journey, bring 'em on! Great to have you back among the ranks amigo. Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the Southwest,
annjackman (21903) 2014-06-10 21:14
You mark your return to TE with an outstanding picture. Great use of the wide angle lens as I like the exaggerated lean of the famous mosque. The wet ground picked up the lovely reflections so you were lucky that the lights were still on. I look forward to viewing more images from your trip to Turkey.
Kind Regards, Ann
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-10 23:48
On va se régaler avec toutes les images faites lors de ton séjour européen! Une vision originale de la Mosquée Bleue. L'exposition est parfaite mais je ne suis pas particulièrement fan de l'utilisation du très grand angle pour les photos d'architecture.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-11 1:39
Welcome back Craig.
Hope you enjoyed your jaunt around Europe, cannot wait to see what delights you captured. Good start, with this cracker of a shot - which is a Turkish Delight - sorry couldn't resist that one. The rain and lights here make this so beautiful. Exquisite!
Wish they would not shrink images on this site and leave them like on the Beta version. This looks good here but full size does it so much more justice. Forums still a "no go" for me.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-11 2:30
Wonderfully captured image, beautiful light...I agree that the rain was actually enhanced the image, the wet floor made a beautiful reflection... excellent detail.
Wow.. Does Deniz have such power? We would like to have him in England to take the rain away, at least when we go out to take photos during our meetings...:-D
sevy (58) 2014-06-11 2:33
A place I have not yet visited, but for sure it will happen.
Nice blue hour shot you collected here, with a right balance in the exposure.
The rain was good for this shot, giving some pieces of reflection on the pavement.
Here, I would only suggest to try a perspective correction to get back the minarets vertical. But as it will induce a crop, perhaps it is too difficult to manage properly.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-11 7:44
Nice to have you back! I like the effect of the wide angle lens on the perspective especially from a low pov and good choice of lens opening which provides for good details. Awesome colors. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (57632) 2014-06-11 9:58
Astonishing to see the characterful land mark and that's the impact of ultra wide lens competently used to accentuate the immense perspective and depth. This is a very imposing seen from a dramatic angle and symmetry and slightly threatening image which look massive with the converging verticals. You really do bring out the best in that lens and fantastic to see filled with a wealth of detail, colourful things and the exposure is second to none. Fabs and tfs
worldcitizen (9348) 2014-06-11 11:24
Welcome back! Nice photo to begin your new set with. I like the illumination and the wet floor. The architecture is also great, I just hope the mosque doesn't tilt all the way in and fall down! ;-) I know you needed a wide-angle to capture this view, and I also like the symmetry. Looking forward to more...
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2014-06-12 4:14
I should really minus 2 points as you hardly shared the wide-angle lens with me the whole trip lol. Great shot as usual, I am glad we got up early at least one day to capture some unique shots here with no tourists around!
rogerl (1632) 2014-06-12 5:38
Craig, good to see you back! I was wondering what happened to you. This is a really interesting shot; of course it requires that you set up *exactly* in the center, or it will never look right. The gazebo-like thing in foreground must have made that easier. In any case, the lighting and the water on the pavement are really beautiful. Thanks.
Silvio1953 (152823) 2014-06-12 6:13
Ciao Craig, great view of fantastic mosque, fascinatimg blue hour, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Angshu (56760) 2014-06-12 9:29
Welcome back my friend..What a coincidence that both our first shots from Turkey was from the Blue Mosque!
So this was takn in the pre-dawn blue hour? I like the accentuated falling lines of the columns and the two minarets...the wet stones add a nice touch. I did try a hand held post-sunset blue hour shot from the entrance...
PS : Wanted to know abt Turkey trip...Cappadocia et all
chawax (20760) 2014-06-12 11:29
Welcome back on TE ! Great POV on the Blue Mosque. I love the lights and how they reflect on the wet ground. The wide angle makes us feel how big this mosque is.
claudeD (41528) 2014-06-12 12:44
Wonderful picture very well composed with a perfect light managment and excellent symetrical composition.I like your contribution to TE here very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Fis2 (106256) 2014-06-12 12:50
Good frame, colors and light.Excellent work.
Very impressive picture!
resat1972 (7576) 2014-06-12 14:01
muhteşem bir fotoğraf
mohammad_H (10072) 2014-06-13 9:14
نمایش باشکوه از این معماری
زاویه ضبط دوربین خوب
وضوح خوب ،با مدیریت نور
عصر خوبی داشته باشید
siudzi (34141) 2014-06-13 14:16
Wow! What an impressive capture of this amazing architecture! Perfect symmetry is a plus here so the scene looks classy and elegant. Excellent clarity, sharpness and exposure were achieved. Beautiful one! Bravo!
Hansaphotos (8685) 2014-06-20 13:54
Excellent picture of this impressive and interesting building. I really like the effect created by the wet ground with its tiles and reflections, and as you mention, the lights that illuminates the facade has a great impact. Lovely work! Thanks.
Have a nice WE.
adores (46361) 2014-07-05 14:40
This is a great mosque! This low pov and the composition works just great. I like the lights on, the blue sky and the wet pavement. Good shot, I'll check the others from your trip:)!
serp2000 (45828) 2014-10-04 9:15
Thanks. We were here in 2000. But I really would like to come back again. Now with my digital camera. I also want to meet our TE- friends in Istanbul. Excellent composition, amazing optical effect, very nice evening colors and fine details of the mosque.
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- Date Taken: 2014-05-10
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