Many countries in the Middle East have a Grand Bazaar, but Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) in my view is the ‘grandest’ of them all with over 4,000 shops, the oldest of which date back centuries. Along the main streets of the bazaar, these days most of the shops are catering to tourists, but in the backstreets and more remote sections of the bazaar, the shops are catering to the local trade, and these are the most interesting parts to explore. You will also find many tea shops and small restaurants in these sections where you can rest your feet after hours of walking the streets of the bazaar.
The Cevahir Bedesteni (Jewellery Warehouse) in the middle of the Grand Bazaar is also known as the Old Bazaar because this is where the Grand Bazaar originated in the 15th century, and it has grown in all directions since then. This is another part of the Grand Bazaar worth exploring, and there are many interesting antique shops in this section.
I was quite pleased with the sharpness of this photograph given that it was hand-held at 1/15th sec and I had nothing to rest the camera on. As I didn’t want to use flash, which would have overexposed the foreground, I had to use an f stop of 2.8 but I was still able to achieve a reasonable depth of field due to the wide angle of the lens (7mm). PP: Cropped, saturation +11, USM. Because of the detail and many different colours in this composition, I had to optimize this for the web at less than 60% quality in order to keep the file within 200kb, but fortunately that has not resulted in a noticeable deterioration in quality.
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Paolo (41222) 2005-08-24 6:33
Hi David, excellent and colorful image of that wonderful covered market!
Gran Bazar is a fantastic place, and you captured very well the busy and crowded mood of that place.
chaity (1539) 2005-08-24 6:54
Hai David, I like the colorful and busy scene of this place. Photo is sharp with 1/15 seconds handheld. You have a steady pair of hands.
MiguelP (14466) 2005-08-24 9:22
I love the sensation of fullness of this photo... Is there a coner free? Also that you achive to create kind of circular sensation in the photo. Congratulations.
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-24 9:33
Bela composição deste cotidiano, gosto da mistura de cores e da nitidez. Parabéns e obrigado pela visita.
Wirraway (1985) 2005-08-25 5:00
Great stuff David, you have really captured the atmosphere of the moment here, good composition with nice colours, excellent work.
keribar (43841) 2005-08-29 13:47
Being a guy who takes a lot of pictures in the Grand Bazaar, I can assure you that you did a great job by including the musical instruments at the top of the picture, and you managed to get a good light too: Combined with the action of people around, this picture turns out as a winner for sure. Good job David ! - Izzet
klyee75 (778) 2005-08-31 20:47
I like this shot...interesting items...peoples are busy buying the stuffs.Good exposure and composition.
rabani (9645) 2005-09-08 1:43
Colorfully bright and lively and you could pretty much sense the atmosphere here David. A very contrasting and enlivening shot. At least we wouldn't be finding any canine meats for a long time here. For F/2.8, it is amazing to have this long DOF even at 1/15s, with definitive details expressed clearly.
pamastro (7288) 2005-09-10 20:37
You did a good job of keeping it still. It's quite sharp. The colors are beautiful and so are the designs of the architecture and decoration. It matches well with the chaotic atmosphere of people rummaging around looking at all the goods on sale. And because you captured the chaos of the scene so well and have given it such a busy look, yet still focused and easy to look at, it has that full sensory experience that I imagine these places to have. I hear the sound of the buyers and seller. I can taste and touch the atmosphere. I smell the various smells all mixing together. And obviously I can see it, not only in what you show, but in a way that puts the viewer into the crowd.
zips (1958) 2006-10-17 8:45
Lively photo with great colors. It is also well framed and could be used in a travel magazine.