This is the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.
Our TE friend Deniz showed us many mosques throughout the city, but this was the only mosque which we went to on our own. Deniz was busy in the morning, so we ventured out and tried to find it on our own.
To our surprise (and Deniz), we found it. I guess it's a surprise because we took the difficult inner city streets route, not just a taxi that would drop us off on the front steps. And that way you get to see many things that you normally wouldn't have seen.
We bumped into many friendly locals along the way who helped us with directions. I remember one fellow who gave us instructions, then 5 min later he came running up behind us totally out of breath, being so appologetic because he gave us the WRONG directions!
He was very nice, he certainly didn't have to come running up the hilly streets to help us out but he did :)
As for the photo itself, I wanted to try and present the Mosques in a unique compo. Not sure if i did that or not, but we'll see. Using the wide angle, I wanted to emphasize the arches in a creative way.
This is a collection of 3 photos, hand held, and processed in HDR black and white. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
thanks for looking!
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jemaflor (83651) 2014-06-16 23:07
Wonderful result, original and very well managed, interesting symmetry, good effect in b&w, tfs.
emka (77306) 2014-06-16 23:39
Haha, I laughed loud reading your note. I went to 15 mosques in Istanbul, on foot and I found them all easily. Deniz was curious if I will find Kariye but even there I went without any problems. He was rather surprised and later gave strange instructions for the places of meeting, they were like small puzzles to solve. And Suleymaniye is just in the centre. Much more difficult was for me to find the way in Sevilla, where the streets are very narrow and like a maze. I lost the trace on the map very quickly so I asking the people was better solution .
Surely, it is very strange view of the Suleymaniye and I like this black and white result very much.
Warm regrads Malgo
Angshu (55375) 2014-06-16 23:40
Without any iota of doubt, I have to say that this is one of the most innovative POVs I have seen from Suleymaniye...actually from any Mosque..hats off to you for this excellent creative compo. Love the symmetry with the arches and columns with the minaret in the centre anchring the shot well.
dkmurphys (48446) 2014-06-17 0:24
Well...a true masterpiece here! Perfect POV, it looks great! I guess it is the most spectacular image of the mosque.
Have a fine day.
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2014-06-17 0:27
A better photo for B&W could not exist, the way this brings out the amazing effects of the light here is just superb. The effect of the lens is stunning and creates what looks like a scene from another world. Your timing on this was perfect to capture this fantastic play of light and shadow. Beautiful shot, nice one!
all the best
kasianowak (5928) 2014-06-17 1:07
Great idea with brilliant results! Love the graphic qualities, the symmetry, and b&w presentation.
Great note too, I was laughing when reading it!
timecapturer (47952) 2014-06-17 4:23
Ahh! that amazing Sigma lens does it again, well you do it again should I say. This is just wonderful! Perfectly composed and executed and pure genius presenting it in monochrome. I love it Craig - real class imagery!
Regards - B.
batalay (35365) 2014-06-17 5:27
With a wide angle lens, you've created an abstract beauty here, where colors don't matter as much as shapes and patterns. The photos is a god study of three point perspective, where the orthogonals converge at three vanishing points.
jhm (138192) 2014-06-17 5:39
This type picture see we not everyday with the open V of the columns, but your choice is absolutely not bad.
I have never works with a lens 8-16mm, I must yet a lot of learn
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (58617) 2014-06-17 5:42
Le plaisir de transporter cette superbe lentille dans tes bagages. Quel beau résultat. La symétrie est parfaite et offre une très belle perspective sur le minaret.
Fis2 (84528) 2014-06-17 6:14
Interesting POV and composition.
I like light and shadow.
The b&w increase this emotions.
Have a nice day
emilbo (22446) 2014-06-17 6:21
Un beau grand "M" mais ce n'est pas le "M" des restaurants MacDonald. Excellente présentation en N/B et superbe architecture. J'aime beaucoup la composition qui donne un bel effet.
Tous mes compliments,
lousat (75506) 2014-06-17 7:18
Hi Craig,this is a masterwork,no doubts! What a perspective caught in a spectacular way and perfect simmetry,what a lights so well exposed and what a fine work in PP,magnificent HDR and black and white very well contrasted and bright,a top class pic! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
danos (85757) 2014-06-17 7:18
fascinating and great the creative perspective of the scene with the excellent chosen POV to makes the image supeb.The existence of the Mineret in the middle adds interert in the photo with the B/W scene to be captured perfect.
photoray (11745) 2014-06-17 7:44
Surreal and attractive monochrome interior view of the Suleymaniye Mosque. Instead of being attracted to the unique Moorish colors, the geometry is the attraction - dominating arch with slender minaret rising above, shadows of arches, etc.
If you ever end up on TV's "Amazing Race", hopefully Malgo will not be there also, or better yet - she will be your team mate...
Nicely composed and created,
SnapRJW (30909) 2014-06-17 7:45
Well Craig I think you have presented an accomplished and creative image. Personally I think the B&W works very well amplifying both contrast and shapes and the processing has added a good range of tones. For me, this is the best of your recent shots. Creative and well considered.
Nicou (120328) 2014-06-17 8:31
quel cadrage et architecture quel rendu NB sueprbe iamge et compo ces arches ce rendu sur la pierre mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (51214) 2014-06-17 9:41
Interesantan tekst o dzamiji sa opisom, lep pogled na deo dzamije i minaret ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Dobar rad u HDR tehnici.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the mosque with a description, a nice view of the minaret of the mosque and ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade.
Good work in HDR technique.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
cornejo (30592) 2014-06-17 10:55
Hi Craig, very good black and white photograph of this interesting composition with perfect symmetry, beautifully captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice light and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mjw364 (7338) 2014-06-17 11:22
Well I have to applaud how you have used your ultra wide angle lens to great dramatic effect here. The convergence of the verticals add the drama, scale and depth and are not something to be corrected as some might say! Love the monotone treatment too. Excellent and creative.
PaulVDV (21955) 2014-06-17 12:32
A very original presentation of the Suleymaniye Mosque!
And a very graphical one!
Excellent choice of POV. Good light management and beautiful with the shadows of the arches.
Very strong in black & white.
Now this is the picture that I'd like to make :)
Best regards, Paul
jcpix (13550) 2014-06-17 20:20
You really wanna' here what I have to say about this?? O.K., I'll tell ya'....I love it! :) Yessir, you have come up with an original take on a mosque, one which packs quite a punch.
The symmetry is certainly the first thing that jumps out, but it's the detail in the shadows and the overall contrast of light and shade that steals the show for me....that, and the fact you didn't wind up in the wrong part of town by yourselves. :)
Unquestionable vision with the wide angle, you've been able to turn this place on its head with a unique arrangement. This may all sound over the top, but I really like how this turned out. Good thing the locals were nice enough to help you find this beauty. Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the dusty desert,
holmertz (40049) 2014-06-18 2:42
This is not quite the Suleymaniye Mosque as I know it (I also found it on my own), but it's an innovative photo with perfect symmetry and a tremendous graphical impact. It's a different kind of picture, but one that surely stands on its own three feet, so to speak.
claudeD (32045) 2014-06-19 4:54
excellent fotojob showing this very interesting hdr shot. Very good composition, fine sharpness and clarity. I like your infoirmative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2014-06-19 23:50
I love the wide-angle look and that you chose to do it as a black and white. Great photo!
tatadalou (6081) 2014-06-20 13:07
The use of a wide-angle camera provides an impressive view of the arches. I like your choice of symmetry and of B&W. Excellent light management, shadows are not so strong so that we can see well the architectural details.
Good job !
ourania (30097) 2014-06-30 8:35
you created a fascinating impression of architectural graphism with a theme that's not so dynamic in itself but rather classical, elegant and balanced. You revealed an amazing perspective, a creative way to look at themes we are familiar with and often take for granted or have our approach influenced by classic presentations. I like very much how the patterns, details and textures of the light grey areas stand out. At first I thought that the shady walls were a bit too dark but then, given the tonal similarity between them and the sky, I realized that this gives the walls superb lightness and a mesmerizing sense of transparency. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
adores (36121) 2014-07-14 14:47
Seems that you succeeded, the composition is original and different from what we usually see from there and I like the b&w, it doesn't even look like HDR and the contrasts are execellent! Very good work!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55504)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-16 23:01