I’m going to upload a few photographs from my Turkey archives this week and thought I would start with something colourful – Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar – or more correctly called the Misir Carsisi (Eygptian Bazaar). I know this is not particularly original, but the variety of colours in the spices and condiments that are on sale in Middle Eastern spice bazaars never ceases to amaze me. Many of the bazaars that you come across in cities in western Asia (okay I know this part of Istanbul is in Europe, not Asia, but it’s only just across the water!) are turning into markets for tourist trinkets, but the Misir Carsisi is one where most of the stores are still selling goods like spices, condiments, herbs, dried fruits, nuts, small animals (for pets I assume, not eating), plants and an assortment of other foodstuffs and utensils catering mainly for the local trade.
The market was set up in the 17th century as part of the Yeni Cami complex to support the upkeep of the mosque, and is still going strong today.
PP: Cropped, saturation +13, USM. Because of the detail and many strong colours in this composition, I had to optimize this for the web at only 50% quality in order to keep the file within 200kb, but it doesn’t look too bad.
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paulartus (832) 2005-08-22 9:58
Very good capture of wonderful colours and sights. Can almost smell the spice bazzar around the corner. Obviously very dark, so you have done well with the light.
magda_indigo (22) 2005-08-22 10:34
very atmospherique and colourful image, tfs, (*_*)
fkk (2037) 2005-08-22 11:13
hi David; very nice color, good photo. gercekten renkleri güzel yakalamissin rengarenk bir kare olmus....
wishnugaruda (1305) 2005-08-22 11:40
Hi David, o yes, this is the perfect motive for a nice shot. I love this colours, a little bit intensive, but nice.
Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda
ynnad (1052) 2005-08-22 21:34
cropping was great... very colorful too...
apache (1426) 2005-08-24 1:59
A superb travel shot. Love the myriad colours and the sharpness of your shot. A very good POV with the spices all lined up.
Thanks for sharing
magost (616) 2006-07-27 10:17
I think composition is perfect, there are not useless objects and every detail seem like studied for a long time... I mean people, spice baskets, electric lamps and curtains up right.
A very colourful photo with all the magic atmosphere of such a place!
fserajian (2293) 2007-04-07 1:58
Nice colours well seen. TFS
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon E5000
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/45 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): For Sale: A Touch of Color, Colours of the Market [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 9:56