This is a scene which can be considered to be one of their ‘own backyard’ by many Istanbulites....at least my friend from Istanbul told me that; which means this scene is nothing unique for them! But for me as a tourist, this scene combined at least 3 elements which to some extent epitomizes this part of Istanbul…the Golden Horn, the mosque and the ferry boat. I took this picture after sunset
Golden Horn is both the name of the estuary of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. The "horn" part perhaps comes from the deep curve the bay has towards its end in the northwest. "Golden" part is more obscure, but possibly it's a poetic referral to reflections on the Horn's water during beautiful sunsets.
The Golden Horn separates European Istanbul’s two major districts of Beyoglu, on the north bank, and Sultanahmet to the south. This legendary body of water is crossed by the bustling Galata Bridge
Crowded ferries and boats frequent the Horn more than 12 hours a day. When one of these boats touches the shore (I took this picture from the Beyoglu side), the whole flock of resident seagulls goes into a frenzy….just behind me was the Beyoglu fish market & this for obvious reasons, there is no dearth of food for the gulls here; so a whole flock of sea gulls made this area their ‘private territory’.
The mosque seen in the background is the Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in Istanbul. Not only is it stunning, in my opinion it is also the masterpiece of the famous architect Mimar Sinan. The Blue Mosque is much more famous one and therefore better known among the tourists. The Süleymaniye Mosque, crowning Istanbul’s highest hill, thankfully doesn’t suffer from that huge, constant flow of visitors.
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Nicou (127766) 2013-06-14 2:49
quel vol d'oiseaux dans ce ciel superbe quel ciel doux et coloré avec le bâteau en premier plan la mosquée et les minarets une splendeur,, sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
rigoletto (34269) 2013-06-14 4:44
lol angshu, lol!
well, everybody has a different backyard: some has suleymaniye mosque, some has the pyramids, some has fatehpur sikri and some has the empire states in his backyard :)
well, "backyard" may not be the gentlest expression possible, but i really feel like that, and i am really in love with mine.
i still have fresh memories of your joy upon visiting that fish market and how the seagulls filled the sky with the approaching boat, giving you excellent photo opportunities. i especially like the "golden hour" colors, turning the "stork's restaurant" building into a golden coin. you must have made hundreds of photos to get this one, where none of the birds coincide with each other.
Sergiom (65191) 2013-06-14 7:34
Cette image dégage un grand calme de fin de journée, contraire aux images que l'on voit à la télé ces derniers jours. J'aime le ballet des mouettes dans le ciel.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-14 7:45
in questa tua foto c'è tutto il fascino dell'oriente e della città di Istambul che ne è la porta di accesso.
I colori sono quelli di un bel tramonto quando la città si appresta alla sua vivace vita notturna e il cielo si copre di bagliori rossastri che incantano.
Molto bella la composizione con il battello in primo piano e gli uccelli in volo. Un condensato perfetto della città quale è rimasta nei miei ricordi passati.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-06-14 19:32
just a fine shot from istanbul,which perfectly fits the perception of it.great pov and light.love the mood.
jjcordier (78366) 2013-06-14 22:21
Tout Istamboul dans cette excellente photo. La lumière est très jolie et les oiseaux ont eu la bonne idée de se répartir harmonieusement dans le ciel.
siudzi (34131) 2013-06-15 23:57
You have achieved a very moody presentation of this incredibly wonderful view! Like the combination of cold and warm tones here which makes the scene really attractive. Well seen and executed. TFS.
kordinator (19842) 2013-06-16 1:17
Fantastic capture of Istambul.
Many wonderful details from the city.
Perfect as usually.
Wanda1 (15000) 2013-06-16 7:46
I see that you are back from Turkey, and I hope that you had an enjoyable journey. Lovely golden tones just touching on the buildings and lighting up the horizon. Love all the gulls circling and the boat in front reminding us that it s a city on the water.
Look forward to seeing more images and impressions from your trip.
danos (89623) 2013-06-16 23:15
a fascinating view from the Golden Horn,during this excellent sunset.One of the landmarks of Istanbul is of course and the Süleymaniye Mosque that we can see it on the backdrop of the scene,
I like the beautiful light and colour management with the flying seagulls to decorate perfect the whole scenery.
jhm (142794) 2013-06-17 2:59
A lovely picture taken during blue hour, the boat and Mosque in background make these picture more really attractive.
The seagulls are a good attraction.
Excellent composition, perfect captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Fis2 (88779) 2013-06-17 5:30
interesting light and colours.
pajaran (54131) 2013-06-17 9:58
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa pticama.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good text with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition and perspective, nice place and time shown by the birds.
All the best in the new week that started.
mohammad_H (9704) 2013-06-17 11:40
Horizon beautiful colors, beautiful sky background with sea birds, eye-catching and pleasant, a good angle to take this picture
I wish you good night.
bukitgolfb301 (37306) 2013-06-17 11:40
Hi NAMASTE dear Angshuman, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply due to busy work here.
This is another fantastic Turkey image!
Great soft sunlight creates so marvelous moody image at all. This image reflects with your higfh semse and inspiration at all.
Thanks a lot and have a good night! Takero
pierrefonds (59328) 2013-06-17 13:11
The point of view is showing an area of the city with the details and colours of the boat under a good evening light. It is giving an impression of tranquillity. Have a nice day.
Graal (99462) 2013-06-17 23:11
view and composition here is very nice. Interesting presentation of mosque and touristic ship during the sunset time. Also good note about the Golden Horn.
Have a nice day.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-18 1:36
Your friend is right and you are right, yes the scene is nothing special it is a daily sight, but from the tourist point of view, it is unique. It is blue hour time it shows in your shot which is full of life. Well done
abmdsudi (45644) 2013-06-18 8:10
You had great time there! The Blue Mosque is a stand-out sight dominating the skyline, in fact is imposing from just about every corner. This is superb lively shot in wonderful brilliant light, colour saturation and also the way this looks so subtle with striking contrast to warm tone of the sky and all that shines in the fg together add to the sensation. Well done, TFS
josepmarin (57841) 2013-06-18 9:53
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a wonderful view on Suleymaniye Mosque on the hill, with the crowded ferry in foreground, in a fantastic image well caught from the Golden Horn.
The gulls adds a nice bonus on the beautiful sky.
I did not visit this gorgeous mosque in 2010, because it was under restoration works, but I hope to visit it in September, in my second trip in Istanbul.
It's a great composition.
marina7 (8055) 2013-06-18 12:49
amazing photo and a good memory for me of this beautiful place. Love all those seagulls in the last rays of the sun. Great tribute to this famous place.
Thanks and best wishes
adores (39860) 2013-06-22 15:18
This scene is always magical! You captured the afternoon atmosphere really well, with all the seagulls around, the sunset light still reflecting on the buildings and the boat carrying the people from a bank to another. Istanbul is a huge and fantastic city!
Waylim (25368) 2013-06-25 9:35
Beautiful shot of thess classic landmarks of Istandbul. What I like very is the glow of the sunset light, and the few biirds really adds to liveliness in the sky. The passing ferry boat also adds depth to the landscape. Good quality shot. I wish to see it myself in the future.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56454)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-14 0:35