The Maiden's Tower in Istanbul is one of the more popular subjects to photograph.
Deniz was in agreement that we shouldn't leave Istanbul without capturing it, so he took us here in the evening.
It was without question the most comfortable blue hour photo shoot i've ever been on. Why you ask?
We had front row seating at a table right along the river. In this area locals and tourists can be seated and served food, kind of like an outdoor restaurant.
All I had to do was set up my composition with the tripod, and continue sitting in my chair while I eat and drink. Occasionally i'd hit the shutter button.
In the far bg on the left, you can see a couple of Mosques in the city center. Over hundreds of years, you could easily imagine the various uses of this small tower. It's been used as a lighthouse, a watch tower, a prison, a quarantine center, and today its actually a restored restaurant and night club.
Hope you like it
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holmertz (50766) 2014-09-03 6:36
Hmmm...."Iron Maiden"....you must have spent too much time listening to hard rock :-). But it's a fine picture anyway of the Maiden's tower (Kız kulesi), and what a suitable place for a photographer gone lazy after a long, hard day of carrying the tripod around. By the way, is the title really serious? I mean, it's a very sharp picture :-).
If I'm not totally confused about directions it's the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia across the Bosphorus.
Now I see that you edited the note while I was writing and take a phone-call, but the title remains :-)
danos (96091) 2014-09-03 7:17
very nice the view as the placement of the Maiden's tower in the frame and especially during the blue hour.I like the calmness of the scene,the created reflections as the beauty of the place.
snunney (96721) 2014-09-03 7:18
Lately when I come to your postings I seem to have run out of smilies, just a question of timing I guess, nothing personal:-) Great atmosphere to this shot captured at just the right moment. Well composed with the tower placed nicely off-centre and well exposed. Lovely soft light and colours. Sounds a great venue for relaxed night photography.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-09-03 7:34
This is indeed a fine blue hour shot. Your balance of natural and artificial is very well done here. The reflection of the tower provides a nice lead in for the shot as well a creating depth. The inclusion of the city in the background make this a very fine photo.
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-09-03 8:25
I think it was an evening view of old lighthouse presently used as a restaurant as well as night club. You have managed and used a perfect exposure to capture the total view, very soothing and well sharped image.
warm regards and thanks,
Didi (60586) 2014-09-03 8:41
I appreciate the lights control in the blue blur hour
Interesting use of the low speed
Gerrit (51935) 2014-09-03 10:03
Wonderful blue hour atmosphere and a great composition with the two big mosques togethrr behind the lighthouse. Great shot.
chawax (20598) 2014-09-03 10:11
Easy but nice blue hour shot ! The composition is very well balanced and I love the POV with the mosques in the background.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (30113) 2014-09-03 10:38
This sounds like a very pleasant evening indeed, good food, good company and this view! Tr result is really fantastic, the tower placed perfectly on thirds is the highlight, but I also love how the mosqu are dotted around the city, fading into the distance. The yellow light of the lighthouse reflected is wonderful too. What an amazing city, and this is a beautiful capture of it at a very special time of day.vreally nicely done.
cornejo (40875) 2014-09-03 11:00
Hi Craig, great view of this interesting island tower with the big city in the background, very well captured with great pov and nice light blue hour, in this great and beautiful picture. An interesting picture with good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ktanska (27244) 2014-09-03 12:02
Oh yes, that was my favourite photospot in Istanbul. Blue hour light is lovely as always and the smooth water surface as a result of long exposure gives peaceful ambience to this. I see you follow Lisa's style on this!
PaulVDV (27826) 2014-09-03 12:36
The most known monuments of Istanbul are placed nicely on a row here.
Beautifully surrounded by the blue of the sky and of the Bosphorus.
I like the view of the headland at the left and the Maiden's Tower placed off center.
Best regards, Paul
cagla (4246) 2014-09-03 12:48
Wow, this is one of the best maiden tower shots I've ever seen. I'm so glad to see your characteristic blue colour used for beautiful İstanbul. 26 seconds worked very well for this shot, I loved the icy effect on the water and the golden reflection of the lights on the tower. By the way, if you don't mind, can I say that it is not a river but a natural channel, the Bosphorus, separating the Asia and Europe continents and connecting the Black sea to the Marmara Sea. Thank you for sharing.
carlo62 (45812) 2014-09-03 14:18
che magnifica atmosfera, l'acqua è seta e le luci riscaldano i toni freddi.
Molto bello anche il riflesso.
tyro (24030) 2014-09-03 14:23
Compared to the crazy situations you are accustomed to getting yourself in to catch a good picture, this sounds like pure unadulterated luxury! To have been able to sit down comfortably at a table, eating and drinking and just have the odd stab at your shutter button from time to time must have been absolute bliss!
Unfortunately, this picture, perhaps more than most, has suffered from the "shrinking" on the "new" TE site but, when it's viewed at its proper size, this photograph certainly has not suffered from the fact that it might well have been one of your easiest ever to take.
The image is stunningly clear and sharp, your composition is both classical and pleasing, the light and colours are superb and the combination of natural and artificial light is delightful.
lousat (89160) 2014-09-03 14:42
Hi Craig,a magic moment and great composition,only some part of the tower is a bit overexposed but i like your choice to show us the rest in the best way,very funny your note,i wish me too to have always a comfortable place to take a pic like your..ehehe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (139040) 2014-09-03 20:09
quelle captage à l'heure bleue superbe vue et compo quelle douceur dans les tons et les reflets sur le plan d'eau et ces lumière superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
berek (49260) 2014-09-03 21:14
a picture of a very successful technique and composition. congratulations.beautiful Maiden towers blue time view.
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-09-03 22:48
Magnificent shot of the Maiden's Tower in Istanbul.Nice colors and sharpness even in blue hours.Excellent POV.TFS.
PS : Even I got a tower today.
jemaflor (95343) 2014-09-03 23:13
Excellent result with a good light capture, nice result with the blue of the sea and sky, well managed.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-09-03 23:13
Joindre l'utile à l'agréable, c'est idéal....et tu peux être content du résultat photographique. J'espère que tu l'as été aussi du repas et des boissons.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-09-04 2:32
confortable et réussi! Que demander de plus? Une très belle capture.
emka (94398) 2014-09-04 20:41
Hi Craig, Haha I have read what you wrote to Gert, haha, I had a great fun to go thee with Deniz but n ot comfort :). And my photo was no so good but I didn't care. I do not remember the cold, I was lucky with the weather in Turkey. Nor so hee in Russia. I pity Jason, two days in Perm it was raining. But we enjoyed a lot being together. Last day for jason, for me the begin of adventure. How it will be in transsib? I am so curious
PiotrF (16676) 2014-09-05 5:37
wonderful blue hour capture of this tower in Istanbul .Your picture is very well taken. Excellent perspective and depth. Good composition and quality, fine presentation.
Superb - congratulates the wonderful photos
dkmurphys (57033) 2014-09-05 7:17
Lovely scene, it turn out perfectly. I se you had a great time there. It was my destination for the New Year's Eve but the plans were changed to..Paris :D
Have a nice weekend.
npecanhuk (74454) 2014-09-05 23:09
Very beautiful picture of such interesting and attractive details1
Exposure, colors, level of sharpness, chosen pov and composition really pleased me here too!
TFS - congrats,
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-09-06 10:02
Awesome timed exposure! Nice place for the a lighthouse. Good pov and dof with nice details for long exposure. Love the colors and it look so peaceful. Well done, tfs.
Sorry to hear about your dog.
siudzi (34141) 2014-09-06 11:50
Wow! What a superb shot! The tower during a blue hour and from your selected POV looks so elegant and stunning with all these intensive lights and colors. Fantastic execution. TFS!
stego (24132) 2014-09-06 14:26
This is the kind of image that makes me think that I need at least another 10 long visits to Istanbul to stop feeling jealous when I see it, even if you didn't tell us about the place where you were when you took it. The tower must be one of the most photographed places in that city which is plenty of "must-photograph" landmarks, but looking at this photo one understands why. It's simply gorgeous...
TFS, regards, José.
delpeoples (57264) 2014-09-09 8:18
A very pretty Blue Hour shot. You're gonna kill me, and maybe it's the TE re-sizing, but the Tower looks a little blurry and over exposed. Maybe they aren't in Beta. Anyway, the blue water, sky and lovely reflections make up for that. You need to get yourself a remote shutter release, so you don't even have to leave your chair!
kasianowak (8699) 2014-09-09 12:03
Hi again Craig
Another amazing dusk shot, by looking at it it's hard to imagine it was so easy to take!
The tower looks as if it were floating on water and the mosques are a perfect background. The smooth water and reflected lights are very beautiful.
Have a nice evening
ikeharel (69195) 2014-09-11 10:49
The famous Maiden tower illuminated on dusk, is a most intriguing photography technique, which was well collected on picture. On the far side a view of yet another Istanbul monuments superbly distinct in evening lights.
Chosen POV well considerate.
Hansaphotos (7913) 2014-09-17 9:26
Well, I were supposed to travel to Istanbul a few months ago, but plans were changed:( Seeing this picture, I understand I have to visit the city once. A fine blue hour scene with a well managed light. The long exposure had a great effect on the water surface. Beautiful:)
serp2000 (43586) 2016-04-26 11:35
This tower looks like a lighthouse. Excellent evening view of Istanbul! I was here in 2000 with an old film camera, and I'd like to visit this city again in future.
I like your funny idea about a spy in library. ;) I can imagine this movie scene too. Lol!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (66566)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/16, 26 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 6:24