This place on the Eminönü quay in central Istanbul has to be one of my favourite spots for taking photographs. This is my third picture on TE taken from almost the same place.
40 years ago I took this picture from an Istanbul that didn't look dramatically different but had an atmosphere that now belongs to the past.
I returned to the same place less than 5 months ago, when I captured this view.
And finally last month I saw this group of African women and children admiring the view of the Golden horn and the Galata heights.
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yquem46 (38752) 2012-10-20 5:58
A good shot of this place so famous just in front of the Galata bridge and tower
Well presented scenery thanks to the various colors at the FG
Have a nice WE
bayno (18344) 2012-10-20 6:07
you have made us a beautiful trip in history with your three different links, beautiful scene with vibrant colors and a beautiful light, the BG is gorgeous with the ship that gives movement and the fabulous city mixture of ancient and modern...
have a good WE,
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2012-10-20 6:18
A great image of an incredible city. Istanbul is one of those very interesting and fun places to visit. I like the colourful clothing, perspective looking across the famous reach of water and the Galata Tower in the background. I went to the top of it at night for dinner and saw the whole city from above. Incredible. Thanks for reminding me of this place in your photo.
saxo042 (37968) 2012-10-20 6:22
Det behövs tydligen tre försök för att få till en bra bild;) Nåja, den här senaste bilden har ju faktiskt de bästa färgerna men det verkar som om du hade det bästa vädret denna gång. Färgerna på personerna i förgrunden är klara och tydliga medan bakgrunden har betydlig mjukare färger. Detta betonar givetvis djupet i bilden. Det är intressant att se förändringarna som skett de senaste 40 åren.
abmdsudi (58220) 2012-10-20 6:48
Much as I admire your work, the layout really works compositionally. Attention is equally well distributed within the frame as they rightly deserved and the part of the prominent landmark, a place for family outing for sure. This is good technique, an excellent street candid as the subjects are natural not being observed or expecting to be framed. This gives the most realistic results. Excellent reflexes and skillful on your part, capturing the moment spontaneously as they are too busy enjoying themselves. Good focus, range of colours for sure liven this spot and lovely touch of vivid red to boost the visual aspect overall Their joyous moment of life probably in its most natural form in the process. Great shot,
dkmurphys (65116) 2012-10-20 9:11
A splendid panorama they had. I like the daily life scene, well spotted.
Have a fine evening.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-10-20 9:39
Hello Gert! Beautiful place, great landscape photo, with an impressive "touch" of architecture in depth! Great POV, framing and composition, Faultlessly light management, wonderful colours!
Very impressive photo, perfect in any aspect! Excellent perspective, fantastic "lead in" line FG with daily life!
Great composition and framing, excellent light management, wonderful colours, impressive frame! Congratulations!
pajaran (66308) 2012-10-20 10:42
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep trenutak sa zenama i decom, koji uzivaju u lepoti arhitekture i brodova.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo secanje.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Nice view and a moment ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
A nice moment with women and children, who enjoy the beauty of the architecture and ships.
Good content and composition, nice memories.
Good evening and all the best.
fabbs99 (17179) 2012-10-20 11:23
Welcome back ! Great resilience to absorb the beauty of the place as evident in this shot.Incredibly beautiful shot executed with a superb quality.The DOF, saturation and exposure were managed perfectly.Great work! TFS.
Regards - Farhat
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-10-20 14:30
Amazing!Nearly the same apart from more commercialized..It looks like a better day then your last visit.. or this group of women are more cheerful then the old grandpa:-D.
Beautifullly captured image, wonderful colours..i'm amused by the the woman on the right with ...on her head:-D
agjika (3177) 2012-10-20 14:43
I can see why you think this is a nice spot for taking photos! There is a lot going on, the people, the see and the skyline on the other side. What makes this compostion attractive to me is that the heads of the people are against the see not the buildings.
Thanks for sharing
kato (11630) 2012-10-20 18:04
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the crowded old town of Istanbul which is visible to the opposite shore of a strait and many tourists wearing colorful clothes. Since change and the nostalgia of a time are stirred up, I can understand well hearing visit of the place where you are the same as for the time passing.
Have a nice weekend,
wolf38 (31296) 2012-10-20 22:19
Hello Gert. Who knows Istanbul also knows this outlook. On the photo are so many details. The group of women and children fits well to the fore. Informative text. Also interesting is the alternative photo. Best regards, Wolfgang.
mohammad_H (10126) 2012-10-20 23:29
Background beautiful river city
Types of women wear the hijab, the Muslim Turkish
Very good resolution,
Healthy and safe, enjoy life, good morals, good behavior, good ideas, inspiring life
Have a nice day
emka (107713) 2012-10-20 23:34
Hi Gert, Interesting to compare the photos made in the same place but in so different times. The panorama of the city is beautiful but that are the viewers that make it so fascinating. Wonderful photo.
I must go one day to Istanbul as you promised to come to Poland after that :). I still look for the opportunities.
kordinator (15429) 2012-10-21 1:08
Nice place in Instanbul you captured.
Interesting peoples on the fence in the foreground,amazing architecture in the background.
Image full of colors,excellent composed.
macjake (73059) 2012-10-21 1:43
oh now come on! why didn't you get the exact pov 100% from 40 years ago! haha. go back and try again! :)
its always fun to see and compare your old and new groupings.
just try and count all the colors in this one! a cute family style scene. I'm sure if you approached them after, they'd enjoy a copy of their own.
macondo (19806) 2012-10-21 1:46
First, thanks for the trip down memory lane with the reprise of your two older uploads. What an interesting comparison. This one has a certain charm quite different from the old b/w, and even the one taken in May, perhaps due to the bright colours and the presence of all those women, girls, children evincing such curiosity and the pleasure of the moment. It's always a pleasure to see a photo where the foreground contains figures also enjoying the scene. I think the cropping of this one has been done very judiciously.
notrap (6167) 2012-10-21 4:02
ein schöner bunter Vordergrund, selbst wenn man nur die Rückseiten sieht! Ein Tourist aus Schweden der Touristen vom anderen Ende der Welt fotografiertEin Foto. das mehr über Istanbul sagt als der bloße Blick auf das Stadtpanorama.
Nicou (151990) 2012-10-21 7:01
Grandisoe cpatage e tiamge sueprbe vue de ces personnages quelle compo colorée ils admirent le décor en face qui est vraimetn splendide.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (51103) 2012-10-21 10:43
this is a wonderful picture of the fascinating view which is now familiar to me that have never been to Istanbul. I loved our previous pictures too not only for the view but (mainly, I guess) for the way you associated it with people -workers, inhabitants of the city, tourists. Your pictures made us connect both with the view and the scenes to which it became a setting. Here, I love the strong light, colours and clarity, the juxtaposition of the two banks, the timeless buildings and the visitors. They seem captivated and this is for them a beautiful moment to share with each other and with us. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-21 11:24
Lovely shot, Gert, that demonstrates others' love of this spot as well as yours. And it is unquestionably a wonderful photo opportunity, one I hope to achieve one day myself!
I like the eagerness on the part of the younger boys to see everything here, craning their necks out over the water. Nice moment to capture.
mesutilgim (97722) 2012-10-21 11:30
Hello dear Gert,
Very nice capture from my beloved city !
Perfect pov and good compo.
By the way the smaller tower to the left of the Galata tower was the tower of the former british hospital which served during WW I and it was next to the building of my highschool (the Austrian College of St Georg) which I'd visited between the years 1954-1961 !
TFS and best regards
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-21 12:16
That's a very famous place of the area of Istanbul.Great POV and so clever look.Nice background and details.Well done!TFS
Have a nice evening
Fis2 (107388) 2012-10-21 13:04
Wonderful view, interesting scene.
Good frame, colors and light.
siamesa (28127) 2012-10-21 13:31
Boa tarde Gert
Fantastic misture of colors of these clothes. Superb view in background. Very beautiful composition.
maloutim (9717) 2012-10-21 18:39
Yes 40 years ago, there wouldn't have been African tourists in Istambul ! This photo gives out a feeling of great excitement amongst the young family admiring the view.
Lovely contrast between the bright-coloured clothes and the more subdued colours of the district opposite.
siolaw (38294) 2012-10-22 3:06
The atmosphere is not the same anymore, but photographic equipment has also improved dramatically since those golden years... I miss the past but appreciate the present technology! A colourful view of the ladies and children looking onto the other side... sky line did not change much there!
marabu61 (11331) 2012-10-22 6:35
Time really seems to have stood still in this place, the view is still the same after 40years.
Great idea indeed to compare three shots of the same location side by side.
And then Isanbul is always worth a visit, I agree.
have a nice day
Highmountains (2674) 2012-10-22 12:41
I remember an earlier photograph of yours - "Going out with Grandpa". Here we have the ladies of a family with the boys. On the opposite side across the river - a part of the great city is beautifully portrayed. The bright and sharp colours of the dresses in the forground perfectly balances the soft and lighter shades of the buildings on the opposite side of the river. There is a similar effect with the bright blue of the water and the light blue of the sky.
Great quality of composition.
Thanks for sharing Gert.
lousat (98279) 2012-10-22 15:04
Hi Gert,magnificent idea this composition,a great way to show us a beautiful Istanbul corner in background and to paint the composition whit this people..i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
tyro (26142) 2012-10-23 3:16
The ability to compare this scene with your one from 40 years ago is wonderful and, if I'm not mistaken, you also posted another more recent photograph from here too not so long ago.
Rather than the busy scene with boats and fishermen, boatmen and workmen, we now see a much more ordered, smarter, cleaner place which appears more suited to relaxation and the enjoyment of the view of the city rather than sheer hard toil.
The view of the city itself would make a sufficiently fine photograph but the addition of the colourful group of women and children in the foreground - all admiring the distant view - adds much more life and depth and interest.
Lovely vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.
jhm (160881) 2012-10-23 3:39
As foreign journalist came you in different countries, this was a very nice job, but I know everything has are difficulties.
In our western cities when you two year not was than is it very difficult for to find the same buildings.
Also an excellent perspective image, with very pleasant colors with the people in foreground.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
A nice day,
cornejo (47250) 2012-10-23 5:04
Hello Gert, very nice picture of this beautiful, interesting and visited this famous city view. Very well composed and performed with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Chaming job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Royaldevon (43899) 2012-10-23 8:34
The scenery is very similar but the scene is very different. The b&w shot was very much a working scene, then we had locals just enjoying the view; now we have tourists, and very brightly coloured tourists to animate the scene. The world is a much smaller place, now.
It doesn't surprise me that you love to photograph this place. There is a fine view across the water.
I find myself drawn to particular places in our village and photographed them in different seasons, different lights and with different persons. It is so very interesting to compare and contrast.
My warm regards,
Waylim (25436) 2012-10-24 10:02
Great shot of this location again. I remeber the other black and white shot, that was a classic. You were already there when it wasn't cool. Now Istanbul is in many movies that is out there from James Bond to Taken, and Argo...
It is great see it from the present day and compared it to the one you took 40 years ago.
m (0) 2012-10-26 12:45
it's the most popular photo spot indeed, and I took a similar picture there:)
Love the motley clothes in the foreground,they add exotic flavor to the picture.
Graal (103038) 2012-10-27 3:22
good shot. Fine theme well presented. Amazing group of peoples looking on Istanbul. Good vertical composition. Photo I like.
Have a nice WE.
serp2000 (45970) 2012-10-27 8:42
Sometime I'd like to come back to Istanbul too. I am still loving this wonderful city. Excellent photo! My congratulations!
mkamionka (40089) 2012-10-28 12:51
great spot indeed and very famous -I can recognize it as well even if I have never been there. I hope I can visit it in the future and take similar photo :)
Great idea to use people as a foreground here, they add so much color and interest to this beautiful panorama,
umutlu101 (13629) 2012-10-28 21:55
si je vis ā istanbul je prendrai une photo par jours depuis ici.tout ma vie...j'aime tant cette endroit..
Angshu (56760) 2012-10-31 21:32
Yes, it seems to be a popular viewing spot with a good view of the Golden horn and the Galata Tower. The colours are finely rendered mainly of the sea with the dense buildings in the BG. The people in the FG have colourful clothes which add to the splash of colours
Hansaphotos (8739) 2012-12-12 9:06
A fabulous daily life scene from this well chosen viewpoint. Interesting to compare with the WS photo. The inclusion of the people in the foreground helps creating depth to the scene. The seem to be very engrossed by the indeed stunning view. A very well composed photo from the heart of Istanbul. Great job! TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
josepmarin (58359) 2013-09-10 10:01
this quay, and the Galata bridge as well, both are two of my favourite places in the wonderful city of Istanbul. A splendid composition, full of life with these people with their colorful dresses, watching to the Golden Horn and to the Galata Tower.
I will be there again in 11 days.
jmdias (69212) 2013-10-19 1:51
in fact it is a marvelous place and your image is fantastic. I liked these strips with people, water, town and sky. very nice light and sharpness. TFS.
daddo (28114) 2014-09-07 16:02
Hi Gert. I love all three of your photos for different reasons. The first for its patina of time, the second for the lovely bond between grandad and grandchild and this one for the unexpected element of the presence of these Muslim Africans and their eye catching palette of many colours. All three are connected by the fascination that lies across the bridge. Best wishes. Klaudio.
batalay (40521) 2015-02-23 8:56
Thank you for pointing out this photo you took in 2012, indeed evocative of my photo from Rome. This is the area from which the famous daily ferry, "The Gypsy Boat," departs for its 4-5 hour roundtrip journey to the mouth of the Black Sea. There at the base of an ancient caste you can have a good lunch, before boarding the ferry to return to Galata.
I liked seeing your scanned photo shot 40 years earlier (1972). In B&W there is a timeless quality to the photo. In turn, you might remember a 40 year old photo Old Freighters that I posted, and you've already seen. This could well be my own favorite photo of all time.
Matyas (0) 2015-05-15 1:01
Hello Gert! Amazing scene. Fantastic women and boys. Fantastic cityscape in the background. Superb coloursfull work. Funny effect. Good title. Well done!
CLODO (35938) 2015-05-15 1:06
it reminds me July 1998 when we spent a week in Istambul, discovering the busy city and the East mood mainly with the ladies dress. Galata tower and the crossing ferries are clues to find the country and city names
My best regards
ikeharel (79149) 2017-04-12 9:17
The 1972 photo in comparison to the present era, show the skyline of same place - but not much had change, Gert, only several modern buildings were added along.
a point for excellent observation on the strait and marine action, and up to the town skyline beyond.
People included in the scene were an excellent choice, enliven the sight and moment.