The New Mosque in Istanbul.
Such a beautiful piece of architecture on the outside and on the inside. My girlfriend Tosca and I were here with our TE friend Deniz. I felt bad for him because he chose not to bring his camera...but then again I bet he's been here dozens and dozens of times already.
Bringing my tripod around all day long has its benefits, but it also has its downsides...its just too heavy and bulky for everyday use. On this day, I wanted a break, so I left it in the hotel room.
So we were all sitting on the floor, trying to balance our cameras on railings, or onto the floor itself.
This one came out pretty well, especially with the lonely man just standing there looking up. Not sure how he got in there because it was clearly labeled everywhere that nobody can enter this area. Perhaps he works here? not sure...but I made sure to try to capture him.
Have a great weekend everyone
Hope you like it!
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emka (100815) 2014-08-30 0:30
Hi Craig, Strange that in New mosque there were no people. It seemed to be always crowded. But in some other mosques I could also be alone, lying on the carpets. again you lens makes wonders.
Have a great week
ktanska (28148) 2014-08-30 0:58
I guess you used widest possible angle on this. Fantastic study of forms inside this beautiful mosque. I'm glad you got the floor straight while everything else is twisted.
carlo62 (50800) 2014-08-30 1:24
in una sola foto ci sono due situazioni diverse e belle, sotto l'uomo solitario con i cerchi illuminati sopra la testa e il pavimento rosso, mentre nella parte superiore c'è un bellissimo gioco di linee, cerchi e semicerchi, figure geometriche che danno piacere alla vista.
kasianowak (9407) 2014-08-30 1:41
I know exactly what you mean about lugging you tripod around and how you want a break from time to time! It worked in your advantage here as the low viewpoint enabled you to create an interesting and unique shot, the patterns on the floor make for a fabulous foreground. Great use of wide angle lens!
PaulVDV (29809) 2014-08-30 1:45
What a wonderful composition of circles, semi circles, curving lines and shapes.
This must be the best interior picture of a mosque I ever saw.
The picture is very detailed with beautiful elements from the dome to the carpet.
Especially I like the three circles of lights right above the man's head.
Pretty high quality work!
Best regards, Paul
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-30 2:09
even without the man this is so attractive but with him it has so much more going for it.
It`s a brilliant shot with your trusty Sigma and a steady hand combining to compose a superb photograph,the curves are delicious and the colours divine.
Have a great week end,
snunney (101634) 2014-08-30 2:28
Some notices are just made to be ignored:-) The distortion created by the wide angle lens contributes much to the overall success of the composition; the solitary man seemingly standing in the middle of the lights is a great bonus. Ideally exposed with excellent colours and clarity.
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-30 2:39
Wow! Excellent work! This is one of the most beautiful presentations I have seen of this spectacular interior. Perfectly composed including so many details in one view but archiving such a elegant result. Love it!
Have a nice weekend,
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-08-30 3:37
Hi Craig! Magnificent interior details! Wonderful picture too! Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, slim black borders and, most of all, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I really liked! The use of a wide angle lens was appropriate and welcome again... Great visual impact! And the presence of that man added a lot of interest to the whole scene! Tfs, congrats, enjoy your weekend! Neyvan
seres76 (1078) 2014-08-30 4:06
Gerçekten güzel bir kare. Renkler, ışık, pozlama ve konumlama muhteşem. Ayrıca güzel bir hikayede bonus olmuş. Paylaşım için teşekkürler...
CLODO (34884) 2014-08-30 4:22
just 2 sentences:
- by this picture, you should be convinced that a tripod is not necessary!
- the human presence is essential, even so small, and gives an other interest to this architecture picture.
holmertz (54961) 2014-08-30 5:45
This is the kind of fish-eye picture that almost makes me a bit dizzy, but you certainly managed to get a lot of circles, half circles and other curving lines into this shot. I am amazed by the good light and superb clarity of the colors. This is technically a first class photo.
Sergiom (82815) 2014-08-30 6:03
Une réussite que cette photo à l'intérieur de la mosquée. L'homme comme point focal dans toute cette magnificence est bien choisi car il est au centre de l'action. L'utilisation de 800 ISO fait bien ressortir les couleurs . Un cadrage superbe et original.
umutlu101 (13629) 2014-08-30 7:50
adramad (46944) 2014-08-30 8:55
Superb capture of this great mosque, awesome POV, capturing the dome and the whole series of arches, ideally that person alone in the center of the nave under the lamp, does not distract from the beauty of the place and gives us great proportions thereof.
Great photo, with beautiful natural colors, bright light and excellent sharpness.
You enjoy the weekend.
Well done. I love it.
jemaflor (99075) 2014-08-30 9:06
Great architecture and great photo with the good frame and wide angle, exposure is perfect and well the human presente, excellent sharpness, tfs.
marabu61 (11119) 2014-08-30 9:13
Now that is a beautiful and well balanced interior shot of Hagia Sophia. The architecture is amazing, the exposure even without a tripod spot on and the lonely man gives us a great sense of the sheer size of the place.
It is now over 25 years ago that we where last in Istanbul, high time for an other visit.
have a great weekend
Oh, and how I can share the feeling of being behind with sorting photos, I simply can't find the time or energy at the moment, being to busy at work, and I am several trips and hikes behind.
cornejo (43859) 2014-08-30 10:55
Hi Craig, very good photograph this beautiful mosque in the beautiful composition, very well composed and captured with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
tyro (25910) 2014-08-30 11:44
No tripod, eh? So I guess this one sure ain't HDR.
But what a beautifully composed photograph and one which just works so well despite the obvious disortion caused by such a wide angle view. The circles of hanging lights above the floor (where there are presumably rows upon rows of individual prayer mats where the trespasser is standing) are perfectly horizontal and balance well the circular dome high above.
Gorgeous light and colours and stunning details and sharpness - as always.
And, of course, an interesting and enlightening note!
aliabazari (16230) 2014-08-30 21:26
Hi craig dear
I love the beautiful view of the inner courtyard of the mosque. 8 mm lens Pentax has played a role as well in the recorded image. Clarity and lighting was perfect. Good text. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-30 23:50
Ton grand angle donne un POV très spectaculaire ici. L'homme est particulièrement bien placé dans l'image et semble presque écrasé par l'impressionnante architecture et le très grand lustre. Fantastique!
berek (50504) 2014-08-31 2:22
picture of a very successful interior. sharpness, colors and light are superb. been a lonely man with a good composition. congratulations.
Have a nice Sunday
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-08-31 4:04
A superbly captured image with wonderful colour and detail..The man showed the scale of the Mosque.
PS. I don't use tripod. I was advised to do so, so I bought all forms of them.. but still never used them. I just found that the one I perhaps paid £49.99 reduce to £19.99. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000KFRSG4/ref=s9_hps_bw_g23_i3/280-4333931-5966551?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=1WZ1BP2YEWCD155XZ16A&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=449896667&pf_rd_i=1104388.... have a look if you use them.
Silvio1953 (146643) 2014-08-31 5:53
Ciao Craig, great view of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with lonely man, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Tue (39444) 2014-08-31 7:54
Beautiful photo of the richly detailed interior of the mosque. You captured it really well with excellent sharpness. Light management is very good and the colours are attractive.
COSTANTINO (66531) 2014-08-31 11:49
hello dear friend
it is a perfect capture with symmetry and lights
you are right that here we have a beautiful
piece of architecture with curving lines
worldcitizen (8858) 2014-08-31 13:18
Great shot! I always admire the beauty of these mosque interiors, and you got a lot of great details in this one frame. I like the circle of lights that are close to the ground, and all of the amazing artwork. That one, lone man makes the scene - wherever he came from. :-) Very nice!
lousat (93606) 2014-08-31 14:28
HI Craig,this is the pic of the day,no doubts! Absolutely great this imposing perspective showing us the magic interior of the new mosque,spectacular quality too with the best detail and colors despite the difficult light.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Periko (5610) 2014-08-31 15:53
Impressive result with such a lens!
Interesting mixture of colours, shades and shapes under a great light.
delpeoples (58804) 2014-08-31 22:28
This one makes me dizzy. It's one where the wide angle lens has worked it's magic and given us a really crazy perspective...in a good way. Beautiful rich colours and I like the effect of the circular lights surrounding the lonely man. It makes him look like he's being beset by aliens!
cheers and happy week
batalay (39271) 2014-08-31 22:30
You've created a dazzling shot of the interior of Yeni Cami (New Mosque). In the dozens of times I've seen the mosque from the exterior, I have never been inside. The circles, hemispheres and ellipses created by the architect and the perspective you've chosen makes this an interesting study of conic sections.
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-31 22:42
A great photo even without your trusty tripod. I like the effect of the wide angle lens on the interior of this mosque. The man in the centre is curious and adds a lot to the composition. An intriguing image that I like very much.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (32094) 2014-09-01 2:40
this is a magic shot, the lone man in the centre does add a lot particularly for the scale of the place, he looks lost under these massive swirling shapes. I love how the lights are just hanging in mid air like this too, it's like they are suspended there by magic. The light, color, architecture and in particular all the swirling swirling circles make me want tho view this for ages. Beautiful capture
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-09-01 21:51
Splendid image of the interiors of the mosque.Superb light management and clarity of the shot.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
bona (13737) 2014-09-02 6:42
Oh My GOd!
What a wonderful place you show here Craig! Amazing the architecture of this temple. The Wide angle lens works very well here. I'm really impressed. Good for your friend live there and can visit this place as many as he can!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-09-02 14:39
Wow and wow, what an spectacular capture, Craig, really enjoy arcs and arcs creating symmetrical patterns and some original distortion due at the wide angle lent
The man obviously is relaxed admiring the mosque, or so it seems
Very well done, tripod to the trash
Cricri (121227) 2014-09-02 22:12
Un joli décor de l'intérieur de la mosquée, bonne utilisation du grand angle :-) la prise des lumière, des couleurs, une netteté impeccable, le top avec la personne en plein milieu
pili51 (1853) 2014-09-03 4:47
Buenos días dear Craig!
Wow...I have a similar image in horizontal format taken from approximately the same place... Istanbul is full of photographic visions.
Like this capture a lot!!!! You found a wonderfull POV to build this interesting presentation. Lights and colors were executed pretty well to achieve such a great work. TFS!
Very nice, Bravo!!!
Waylim (25502) 2014-09-04 10:34
Fantastic image, It is not easy to see an image of the interior of a mosque, since non-Muslims are not allow inside most Mosques. I love all the wonderful details of the ceiling and interior light. The lack of furniture gives a wonderful sense of wide open space of the room. There for the lonely man is important to this composition. Give it a sense of scale, an anchor point to draw us in. The wide angel lens work wonder to capture as much of the interior.
ourania (47784) 2014-09-06 13:24
the architecture and the details of the decoration are magnificent, we can easily admire them thanks to the excellent clarity of your presentation. Your work is original and fascinating, you found a whole new perspective to this wonderful interior and created a most intriguing interaction among the various distinctive elements. The man's presence at that spot and in this posture is superb, the intriguing balance of this composition seems to depend on him. I like the colours and the atmosphere too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Angshu (56760) 2014-09-07 3:51
I missed my wide angle lens in Istanbul especially inside these giant mosques. I am surprised you got it so empty...same as what Malgo mentioned! its normally packed with people (locals and tourists) And the emptiness brings in the element of serenity that this picture deserves. Wonderful concentric circles of light above his head and the fine dome
Have a great Sunday!
jcpix (13930) 2014-09-11 15:43
You're speaking directly to me I feel, I couldn't agree more about the tripod use...sometimes you just need a break. :) We had such dull skies often times, that the three of us (myself, Malgo and Serghei of course) never even broke 'em out!?
And in conjunction with that, I totally understand the trials of hand held shots without it...some of the positions we get ourselves into to find a balance long enough to hold still can be rather amusing. :)
You have a real beauty here with all of that in mind, and how awesome that you had this solitary figure standing in the middle...you couldn't script a better element! This is one sweet result, and a real eye catcher of a spacious perspective from an interior.
So many lines, patterns, shapes, details...on and on and on, this is pretty darn cool! Beauty from top to bottom. Bravo! Enjoy the rest of your afternoon/evening. Take it easy up there.
Cheers from down South,
mcmtanyel (24567) 2014-09-15 20:46
I was trying hard not to be partial to any of your Turkish photos, but I could not help clicking on this one. You were able to capture an enormous space into your sensor. The low chandelier looks like a circus ring of fire. It is great that you were able to fit all of it in the frame.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-09-17 11:48
I really like what your lens has done here Craig. The photograph, if read from bottom to top emulates the sweeping tilt of a head as it looks up at the ceiling after checking out that which lies ahead. What a fascinating and all encompassing shot.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69775)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-30 0:23
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