Anyone who visits Istanbul should eat Balık Ekmek.
To translate the name – it’s a simple fish sandwich; Balık = Fish, Ekmek = Bread).
Most of Balik Ekmeks are made with Uskumru fish which is more commonly known as Mackarel
Eating a grilled fish sandwich next to the sea shore is a worthwhile experience. We had ours in the promenade at Sultanahmet along Kennedy Avenue where I took this picture as well :-)
I have done a Black & White version partially desaturated, in the Workshop ....there were strong differences in opinion amongst friends about which version was 'better'...this was Deniz's choice.
Which one do you prefer?
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Indrasish (2853) 2013-06-11 1:11
Great shot Angshuman Da,
Good focus.. Sharpness and clarity is excellent..
Very well done..
rigoletto (34255) 2013-06-11 1:41
I love the immaculate finishing here. All the details are so sharp and the lighting is so well distributed despite the harsh contrast of light that the whole photo has a very real feeling: something like our eyes see rather than how the camera sees it. The steam coming from the grill is so 3D that i can almost smell the yummy uskumru.
f2.8 creates a nice depth of field, supported by the 4 layers of perspective: the balik ekmek stall, the walking man, the dolphin boats & the boat near the horizon.
Further, i must say that you found a really charismatic salesman, the face has strong features indeed. Thanks to TE, i am starting to believe that these stalls are specialties of Istanbul, as i never see such photos coming from elsewhere in the world. So, thanks for sharing.
lousat (75754) 2013-06-11 1:45
I like a lot the pic showing food theme and this is really beautiful,your work in PP is very professional and spectacular,looks like a sketch.Great exposure in a difficult backlight,excellent colors and a magic background too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ChrisJ (96846) 2013-06-11 2:22
Istanbul was great and did not disappoint me. It is truly a world city, with so much to see, including simple daily life scenes as depicted here. Good sharpness and superb color and saturation. The fish looks delicious. I may have added some yellow & green to the man's skin tones. Tfs!
Sergiom (58870) 2013-06-11 4:53
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. J'aime le point de vue sur l'homme qui fait cuire le poissons sur charbon de bois. On voit toute la sueur sur son visage ainsi que sa concentration. J'ai l'eau à la bouche.
pierrefonds (56526) 2013-06-11 4:57
The distance between the beach and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. You have captured well the serious expression of the cook. The point of view is showing the details and colour of the fish cooking on the grill. A good management of the strong light which does not hurt to much the output of the colours. Have a nice day.
Nicou (120596) 2013-06-11 6:40
quelle scèn et iamge usperbe ce grilleur sur la plage, avec l'homme qui passe à l'arrière quelle compo et vue quelle iamge et captage il y a de bonnes choses sur ce grill sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (42754) 2013-06-11 10:02
A sumptuous back-lighting shot and a very good ' food ' photo, bbq fish being cooked over charcoal grill and a taste of summer that smells good too. This is also a good environmental portrait about this proud man and his occupation, an honest to goodness bright face. It' well framed with adequate clarity even in shadowed areas, nice bright coloring and contrast. The smoke adds the nice touch, simply a brilliant slice of life and mouth watering shot. Congrats
I like this version.
mesutilgim (83146) 2013-06-11 10:11
Hello dear Angshuman !
Another surprise from my beloved city of İstanbul !
Yes fresh grilled fish midst of a fresh loaf of bread is the "best thing" one can get as typical fast food in İstanbul. And your capture gives this mesage perfectly.
But here in that compo, you've another hidden message : the seller at the back of fisher sells fresh chickpeas ! This was a habit from Southeastern Turkey but nowadays also quite common in İstanbul. Normally you can make very fine dishes with dried chickpeas but now since a few years they sell it also fresh and people eat them like pop corn of simila snacks !
TFS and best regard
adidas5nb (5249) 2013-06-11 18:12
great shot from istanbul.love the composition and the pov.great elements on display here.
emka (77630) 2013-06-11 23:55
hi Angshu, What a tasty shot. Thanks for advice, I certainly will try balik ekmek. it looks delicious on your photo. And I like the expression of the man, he is really concentrated on his job.
Both versions are interesting but I think i like more the main one.
Graal (96865) 2013-06-12 0:02
good report about the daily life in Turkey. Pleasant scene and well comment in note. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
mohammad_H (9230) 2013-06-12 0:16
Leave everyday life of a man, awesome, culture, customs and beliefs of different countries, documenting matters look good and Society
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pajaran (51372) 2013-06-12 1:06
Dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na rostilj sa ribom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Osecam lep miris, ribe sa rostilja, prijatan rucak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Good text ...
Nice view of the grill with the fish ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
I feel nice smell, grilled fish, a pleasant lunch.
Have a great and successful day, all the best.
wolf38 (31270) 2013-06-12 1:56
Hello Angshuman. An interesting photo also interesting colors and technical quality. The photo is a nice and small masterpiece of everyday life.
danos (85865) 2013-06-12 3:31
nice the street snapshot from Istabul,with the open air seller to charcoal fishes and making sandwiches with them.I like the good reportrage shot from the city but i'd avoided to eat grilled fish from the street.
Romano46 (17646) 2013-06-12 5:06
la foto è molto interessante perchè ritrae molto bene il clima che si respira nella città di Istambul e i piacevoli incontri che si possono fare lungo le sue strade e ancor più percorrendo il suo lungomare.
Uno scatto molto ben fatto che coglie una delle attività più diffuse tra i venditori ambulanti della città.
Quanto al quesito che poni nelle tue note su quale sia la versione preferibile tra questa e quella parzialmente desaturata le trovo entrambe molto ben eseguite anche se una leggera preferenza la conservo per questa che rende molto bene l'atmosfera della città.
Ciao e buona giornata
Fis2 (84694) 2013-06-12 5:58
Curious scene, good reportorial shot.
Nice frame and colors.
I like this daily life shot.
holmertz (40171) 2013-06-12 11:12
I am glad to hear you enjoyed Istanbul. It is probably my favourite of all cities. This is a fine street-shot and so typical for the city, where almost any meal can be such a pleasure. The light was clearly difficult but the strong contrasts only add to the impact of the picture. They make the man really jump on me. I certainly prefer this to the workshop. The partial desaturation doesn't appeal much to me, to be honest.
Waylim (25186) 2013-06-12 15:24
Ah, I can almost smell the grill fish, makes me hungry. Not an easy one to shoot with the strong back light. So much details to appreciate and a great daily life image.
daddo (23853) 2013-06-13 2:43
Merhaba Angshuman. I see that you couldn't resist the balik. It is delicious hot and tender fresh from the grill.I had mine near the Galata bridge, cooked on a rocking fishing boat. Great POV and details. Lovely summer light. Regards. Klaudio.
jhm (138372) 2013-06-13 3:31
I find your second picture a little bit overexposured through part black and white.
These picture here is a lot better and very pleasant for look at.
Colours and sharpness be superb.
Excellent composition, TFS.
kordinator (16541) 2013-06-14 0:36
Nice view of the grill with the fish.
Really very pleasant scene,
Nice colored details.
josepmarin (57711) 2013-06-14 11:34
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
I believe the WS versión is stronger, because of the unsaturation treatment and the huge contrast with the coloured areas.
But I prefer this one, I found in it a nice painting appearance in the ensemble.
A vital and spontaneous shot, well done.
maloutim (9635) 2013-07-20 1:34
This is a great typical daily life street picture of Istambul seashore. I love mackerel and it makes my mouth water :-) To eat it in the fresh air while watching the sea must be a lovely experience.
The cook looks really eager at his job and I like the inclusion of the banana ? seller pushing his trolley.
I appreciate both pictures, colour and partially desaturated. I like the way you present only the fish in colour. It puts tthe accent on the important element.
pyffepa (625) 2013-07-24 3:22
Now I understand the 'postcard' ;o)
That's a 'Wouaw' picture!
I passed time to examine every detail, everything is so precise.
Your picture give also the feeling of multiple 'layers' applied to form the final image and it's difficult to be convinced that nobody will move, it's 'just' a picture.
Brilliant job, thank you for sharing that.
subhendu_bagchi (25613) 2013-10-24 12:40
dear Dada, a very good portrait from the beach side stall of Turkey. Interesting food in my thought. Great capture with such tough light condition. The man was captured with his action from a nice angle. Interesting food with an interesting man. Tfs.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55407)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-11 1:08
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