Back to the Turkey postings, and this is a shot I took in one of the pedestrian underpasses under the main road at the southern end of the Galata Bridge over Istanbul’s Golden Horn. It is not a weekday rush hour, but a Sunday morning and people are coming and going from a market that is held nearby. Istanbul is a city of 12 million people, and I took this photograph to illustrate just how busy some parts of the city can be – even on a Sunday. What is making the underpass even more crowded are people stopping at the small shops along the side of the underpass. They say a good location for a shop is one where there is lots of pedestrian traffic, but there is probably a point where too much pedestrian traffic stifles business because people daren’t stop for fear of being bowled over.
The slow shutter speed enabled me to capture some movement in the foreground, but it was fast enough to keep most of the crowd in focus. PP: Cropped, adjusted levels and USM.
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Drom (1205) 2005-08-26 11:30
Ta photo est trés vivante! Attention de ne pas etre emporté par le flot en photographiant.Je me souviens de ce sous sol au bout du pont de Galata.
sarju (5324) 2005-08-26 15:49
I call photos like these as a good index of movement. I am very impressed with your shutter speed settings as it captures the scene so very well, preserving the motion but still catching the subjects .... congrats
I just wonder how you were able to capture this scene from some height, was their a platform nearby or did you just held your camera up
tfs ... cheers ... sarju
MiguelP (14466) 2005-08-26 17:55
I can feel the sense of crowded place here, I like how the people is more sharp in the distance, creating a sensation of human flood. Very interesting one, this is the kind of photos I do love more and more: Human landscapes.
kensimage (8561) 2005-08-26 20:36
Great dynamic photo, David! I like those zombie eyes on the man at center front. How did you get up higher than the crowd? That's always the best POV in these situations. Regards, Ken.
mlopes (494) 2005-09-01 9:45
ahah good luck :P i think you have chosen a nice shutter speed, gives you motion in the foreground but kept the focus in everything else. nice moment
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-31 10:04
Hi David - wow, this looks so claustrophobic, the male to female ratio is also remarkable, quite an unpleasant place for a stroll, evident in the crazed look of the man in the middle, meanwhile the chicken döner looks obscenely cheap at 50 cents.