I briefly met this elderly gentleman during a visit last September to the Turkish World Heritage city of Safranbolu. I asked him for permission to take a picture and he kindly obliged. I was pleased with his relaxed attitude to posing.
I will post two more photos of people living in this world heritage as workshops.
Safranbolu in northern Anatolia, a few hours' journey from the Black Sea, is a medieval city which for hundreds of years was an important trading place for caravans between Europe and Central Asia.
Now I have posted 800 photos on TE since joining this site in 2007. I have seen many others coming and going during this time. How long I will stick around is hard to tell. Sometimes I get fed up, especially when there are childish quarrels about ridiculous matters, but most of the time I enjoy the feedback from nice people all over the world. I find it exciting that my photos are seen by hundreds, sometimes thousands of persons from Australia to Iceland, from Brazil to Japan. A large part of the pictures I have shown here were scans of old slides. Before Trekearth only a handful of family members and friends had ever seen them.
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TopGeo (38204) 2012-11-11 7:05
Hello Gert!you have caught a very spontaneous and fresh scene, with the old man sat on the , looking at a side, in a very special atmosphere.
A good quality of image, a great sharpness and a few managed-well colors, they make a very interesting composition.
Compliments for 800th post
serp2000 (40352) 2012-11-11 7:14
Hello, Gert, my neighbour today!
A Champagne for everyone! My congratulations! You know, I value your contribution to the TE. I really like your truly photos from the past. Have you got some association with this wise man?
bayno (18342) 2012-11-11 7:15
congratulations on your anniversary, for your patience, for your bravery and for the good comments, but also for your nice notes, WS and excellent work like this your last post....
greetings from the rainy Rome...
fanni (14381) 2012-11-11 7:15
first of all, my congratulations on your 800th post!
before I leave for work (yes, I do work on Sundays) I want to leave a comment to this photo which - in my opinion - conveys a very positive attitude to life and a very good (and relaxed!) mood :)
I like the look of this man's eyes. It's the photo to which one can return and look at many times.
warmest greetings from cold frosty Moscow,
PS. I FULLY agree with every word you said in the Note re "childish quarrels" and getting "fed up".. !
mohammad_H (9476) 2012-11-11 7:26
Hello dear friend
A new stage of life, the pleasures of retirement
Portrait of a beautiful smile and pleasant
Good management of light
Nicou (123272) 2012-11-11 7:29
Superbe portriat de cet homme mangigique cpatage et image avec sa conne assis sur le mur quelle iamge et cpatage quelle vue et compo splendide.
bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (50030) 2012-11-11 8:17
Nice portrait of this old man between the relics of an old world. Good idea, well taken.
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-11-11 8:19
Yes, I agree with you, he is a good 'poser'.The expression is relaxed and friendly..the background colour is beautiful.
800..,2007.. wow, that's a long time.. congratulations! :-D
I'm relatively new here. But you are one of my old friends from my beginning time, I enjoy your great sense of humour and my chattering about anything or everything comes into my mind with you.. you are intelligent, well travelled,knowledgeable, kind and friendly.... a great photographer on any site. But I do prefer you stay.. I just arrived:-D Actually, I was leaving several times as well,but exactly as the reason made you stay..I'm still around. But if you do leave, remember to tell me where you are going..:-). I can still carry on to have a look your old film photos..
worldcitizen (7071) 2012-11-11 8:46
Congratulations on 800 photos! This warm portrait is a sweet one to share on this occasion. This man looks kind, and I like his simple surroundings. Nice workshop photos, too.
saxo042 (37578) 2012-11-11 8:48
Grattis till 800 bilder! Han som har flest bilder närmar sig ju 3000 men han har ju inte behövt ödsla tid på att skriva någon kritik... Det är är ju iallafall en väldigt trevlig bild med en man som ser mycket sympatisk ut. Han är nog yngre är vad du är, men pratade du med honom? Han ser ju ut som om han samtyckte till att få sin bild tagen.
ourania (32127) 2012-11-11 9:15
I like very much this portrait not only because it's a well composed, well lit and clear picture but also and mainly because of the eye contact, the confidence and generosity of the gentleman, his restraint but sincere and lovely smile. You have placed him superbly in the frame and the angle of your capture (which might have been selected due to the backdrop) has played a role in making the portrait more interesting and the subject more expressive. I don't know how much time you spent there but there's clearly mutual respect and sincerity between you, you must have had a similar smile while taking the picture. Your workshop pictures are great too. Congratulations and thank you for this and your 799 other photos (many more if we count the workshops!), for the kind comments and advice, for bringing in so much experience and care.
All the best, have a lovely week,
COSTANTINO (56255) 2012-11-11 10:21
simple shot with the old man
I love shots of this kind
man y wishes to you for your
have a nice new week
notrap (5883) 2012-11-11 11:30
ich gratuliere Dir sehr herzlich zu Deinem 800. Foto, das ist schon ein Meilenstein!
Ich habe auch Deinen Text aufmerksam gelesen und bin sehr einverstanden mit Deinen Bemerkungen zu TE.
Das Foto gefällt mir gut, ein alter Mann in einer sehr alten Stadt, bekleidet mit einer Jeans-Weste, die anscheinend die Welt und ihre Kulturen verbindet: eine ganz ähnliche habe ich auch in meinem Kleiderschrank.
Viele Grüße von Elvira
daddo (24414) 2012-11-11 14:44
Hi Gert. You came to the site after me and already you got to 800!My felicitations for such dedication. I concur with your sentiment about the shenanigans that go on and I think the best thing is to stay clear of the petulant types and just do what we like to do- post our photos and keep in contact with people with whom we have a certain rapport. It please me that when I look at your list of countries I see that Albania and Turkey are two, apart from Sweden, which you have represented the most often. These two are countries which are dear to me also. As is this fine gentleman with his friendly visage and cared for appearance. Keep posting Gert for without your energy and affection towards certain parts of the world, TE would be much poorer. Best wishes. Klaudio.
abmdsudi (43718) 2012-11-11 16:13
Congrats on your 800th along with this picture, WS picts and your narratives well noted;
A brilliant portrait. You have really caught something special a rare opportunity to shoot this one I am certain of a proud looking man probably in his 80s that has seen enough life from this old city. I love the way he is 'posed', the way he looks so relaxed and his body lingo. It's strong, dignified and it's the intensity, the way he is looking straight eye-level into the lens gives a more intimate feel, is the most attractive element being the strongest point in my opinion. The hint of smile is great too. Pin sharp image, good color rendition, fantastic full of character detail and the 'feel' in the eyes. Importantly, it's always interesting to see photos of cultures so different than what we are accustomed to as shown. This is simply a fabulous piece of work with effective treatment of a charming old time portrait. TFS
Sonata11 (33283) 2012-11-11 17:20
My congratulation of 800th post. Awesom e work !!!
wonderful portrail of this old man. Perfectly well done with an excellent management of light, sharpness, clarity and great color for this image. Beautiful POV and DOF is an excellent too. Thanks for sharing. Thank you.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-11-11 17:29
Very nice portrait of this man with superb expression on his face.Perfect composition and POV.Nice details too.Well done!TFS
Have a nice week
agulberk (3794) 2012-11-11 17:37
Congratulations on 800th of your frames. In honor of this important frame, it looks great in this lovable old grandfather looks sweet.
Best regards, have a lovely week...
siamesa (27743) 2012-11-11 20:47
Bom dia Gert
He seems happy. The beautiful age always has a special and nice mood. TFS
Graal (97861) 2012-11-11 23:59
nice portraits - here and in WS. Good reportage about the daily life in old historic city - also. Photos are well done. Well comment in note, too.
Have a nice week.
fabbs99 (16485) 2012-11-12 2:00
Impressive portrait of this elderly gentleman with a lot of calm and poise.Nice warm colors and good sharpness makes this shot special.You have a captured a nice moment from a nice angle and perspective.You will stay on TE till at least you double the number of photographs uploaded till date,after that we may allow you to go on retirement and certainly not before that.TFS.
ACL1978 (7491) 2012-11-12 6:13
I'm enjoying your documentary take on so many of Turkey's world heritage sites, Gert! This is a great portrait and I'm glad you found such a willing subject!
Congratulation of #800, and I hope the petty squabbles don't drive you away; easy enough to black them out and focus on the wonderful photos!
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-11-12 7:20
splendid choice for your 800th post on TE. Congratulations!!!
I really like the choice of this exciting ancient person. he have a lovely expression.
The quality of the image is perfect as always.
eldancer1 (28513) 2012-11-12 9:27
Congratulations on your 800th post! And this is a very appropriate image of the milestone. Nice capture of the smile with good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
pajaran (52614) 2012-11-12 11:34
Moje cestiteke na 800. fotografija, na TE.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na starog gospodina sa stapom ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje u daljem radu, sa lepim fotografijama na TE.
Prijatno vece sa lepim secanjem na gospodina.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
My cestiteke to 800 images at TE.
Very interesting and good text ...
A nice view of the old gentleman with a stick ...
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
All the best in your future work, with beautiful photographs of the TE.
Pleasant evening with beautiful memories of the Lord.
All the best in the new week that started.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2012-11-12 14:26
Congratulations on 800 images and the amount of critique provided to others at the same time. You have good staying power. It is difficult to post images as well as be prolific in meaningful critiques.(Hur många timmar på TE för varje postat bild?)
The image is well composed. A nice friendly subject.
Highmountains (2255) 2012-11-12 22:26
Its a relaxed pose. The eyes and the expressions are wonderfully expresed. It is so very reflective of the world that has changed and passed by.
There is fantastic depth and sharpness in the portrait.
I was tempted to have a close-up of the left arm - the wrist watch and the walking stick... amazing.
There is a pride and self esteem associated with the aged and the experienced... we forget about our parents, where so much respect is due... This photograph gives me a feeling of pride, his people have kept him happy.
Thanks for sharing, Gert.
Congratulations on your 800th !! Wao !
tyro (20696) 2012-11-13 3:52
You have given us a fine note here, not just about this interesting World Heritage city of Safranbolu and its inhabitants, but also about your sentiments regarding TrekEarth - with all of which I entirely agree. I dislike it when good photographers and interesting people leave this site, particularly when the cause of their leaving is due to petty disagreement or some trivial misunderstanding.
I think that the camaraderie and the potential learning experience which this site offers, both from the point of view of the art of photography and the wider appreciation of our World in general, are good enough reasons for me to hang around here for a while longer and I certainly hope that you will too.
To your pictures: a fine trio of photographs, one taken "on the fly" and a fine candid shot of the two ladies chatting on a rooftop, and the other two obviously taken with the consent of the subjects, your main picture showing a very proud looking elderly gentleman, "pleased as Punch" to have his photograph taken, and the other showing in considerable detail an artisan plying his trade as a shoemaker.
All three pictures are perfectly taken with excellent details and with lovely vibrant colours and well illustrate this interesting heritage city.
P.S. And, of course, congratulations for having had the tenacity to have stayed here long enough to post 800 photographs!
jhm (140070) 2012-11-13 4:42
Congratulations with these 800th picture on TE, always are your picture perfect carefully finished.
Wonderful portrait of these man with the smile to the camera.
This gives a very nice color about the picture.
Excellent done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
claudeD (33234) 2012-11-13 4:51
my compliments for your 800th post here on TE.Continue sharing with us interesting pictures. I like your portrait shot very much. Excellent composition and fine sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
besnard (53756) 2012-11-13 11:42
Un superbe portrait de cet homme au sourire retenu mais qui fait plaisir à voir. Ses yeux sont pétillants de malice et regardent avec gentillesse le photographe.
Bravo et bonne soirée.
mirosu (14532) 2012-11-13 22:54
Excellent portrait of this old man. The composition is well chosen, with excellent combination of light and colors and great depth. I like the comfortable clarity, the beautiful bright colors, very good light quality and nice contrasts. well done. Have a nice day.
Glint (6167) 2012-11-14 4:06
congratulations on your 800th. It has been a joy to see them and learn so much about the world through your eyes and notes.
This a good photo of a man with a pleasant smile and manner. Technically very proficient and again with a good note. Please don't leave TE or I will have to too.
emka (79926) 2012-11-14 13:38
Hi again, Congratulations for your 800 photos!! I wonder how many of them are from your treasure archive. It could be your old photo as well. The old ones have quality of the new ones, the new have the same charm. Nice view of this smiling man. Indeed, it is wonderful when we can share our photos with an audience, known or not.
Best regards MAlgo
siolaw (38284) 2012-11-14 20:48
Nice portrait and pose of your subject and also a pleasant eye contact and friendly expression.
mesutilgim (85454) 2012-11-14 23:40
Hello dear Gert,
This one from Safranbolu is also very nice. With it's pov, layout and nice light on it.
I visited the city allready in the year 1971 the first time, since than I do it frequently almost every year.
Please take a look to my entry below and read it's story. Unfortunately this wonderfull man has passed away few years ago.
TFS and have a nice day
PS.By the way my congratulations to your 800th entry at TE ! Time passes so quickly !
Fis2 (86309) 2012-11-15 9:21
My congratulations 800 picture in TE!!!
Quaint man, nicely place.
Good frame and colors.
I like colors and light.
Have a nice evening
thebest (4276) 2012-11-21 2:46
What a dear elderly man - well dressed & very happy for you to take a photo of him.
This was possibly the best thing that happened in his life for a while - I sometimes can sense these things.
Excellent portrait - lovely colours.
Kielia (23703) 2012-11-25 7:08
congratulation on the occasion of reaching this milestone! And keep on posting your interesting and fascinating photos!
This is a wonderful portrait of this gentleman who is very kindly posing for the photographer. I like the expression on his face!
scroller (3407) 2012-12-05 15:03
Ditt förråd är verkligen outtömligt Gert. Fantastiska etniska motiv blandat med miljöer som får en annan att bara drömma om att få komma ut och resa. En liten lustig detalj återfinns högst upp i högra hörnet. "R":et som står för varumärke. Att detta är ditt 800 foto här på hemsidan är en bedrift bara det men det är också en "Gert" - ditt varumärke!
aliabazari (15847) 2012-12-10 17:56
Hej Gareth s
Jag älskar porträtt av den gamla mannen. Det finns en hel del likheter med iranierna.