Back from a few days vacation in Istanbul ... a truly beautiful city full of photo opportunities! Let me begin with a view of the famous Blue Mosque -Sultanahmet Camii-, thus called because the interior is decorated with the famous tiles of Iznik, mainly blue.
Built facing Hagia Sophia, the mosque was instigated by Sultan Ahmet the first, who intended to demonstrate that Ottoman architects had nothing to envy from their Christian predecessors.
When one stands in the first courtyard at the blue hour (hence the strange title...), I can assure you that the show is breathtaking!
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pauloog (11751) 2009-02-16 5:05
The blue mosque in blue... Very well seen and executed, a marvellous reflection complementing the golden colours of the mosque.
jmigueln (233) 2009-02-16 5:12
Without a doubt, a beautiful picture and great photo composition. A big hug!
jaywalker (16105) 2009-02-16 5:28
Hi Philippe, Glorious light & very good symmetry, the architecture is really wonderful & you have captured it brilliantly, a superb deep blue sky & I love the gloss finish on the floor & the stunning detail through-out, kind regards Wilson.
BlueRaven (37) 2009-02-16 5:36
A very atmospheric shot. Great sharpness and colours, wonderful symmetry.
Great job, thanks for sharing.
giorgimer (34965) 2009-02-16 5:39
wondeful image, magic light, I like the effect given by the wet floor.
mesutilgim (97742) 2009-02-16 6:27
Blue Mosque of İstanbul is a "gem" for every photographer but you had luck to make this shot on a rainy day, with those wonderfull reflections on ageold marble coatings of the inner cout.
Veyr good pov and perfect light management.
Nice framing and good notes.
TFS and best regards
cak (4931) 2009-02-16 6:44
rich details and reflectons of Cami are seen good .TFS.Cak
feather (51130) 2009-02-16 8:40
The wet floor has had a probably unexpected and enhancing effect on the image. As well as your good timing to catch the blue hour you also captured the wonderful reflections. Excellent shot; very well exposed.
BitterMoon (2776) 2009-02-16 10:31
Very good blue hour shot,I pretty like it...love the distorsion of the wide-angle lens.It`s really nice.Very good job.
jvsb (1382) 2009-02-16 10:36
After reading your explanations to Kath, I must say not only did you made a wonderful postcard of Istanbul, but you really maximized your photographic opportunities, seizing the one moment when, even with bad weather, shots look good and capturing the glossy floor one would otherwise miss. Colors, symmetry and pov are perfect!
ricochet (9696) 2009-02-16 15:19
Splendide cette pdv à l'heure bleue avec une symétrie parfaite, une lumière superbement maitrisée et une très belle architecture, bravo à toi j'adore! Je la met dans mes favorites
avene (12675) 2009-02-16 15:50
just read your response to Kath's comment about the wet floor, and your words about "cursing the bad weather" reminded me of a quote from a book on landscape photography that blaming bad weather is simply an excuse for not exploring all possibilities :)
for me the reflection of the mosque is key in this image, there's something ethereal in the abstract patterns of the lights, I find it adds a feeling of weightless-ness to the whole scene. and blue hour is the best time for shots like this, no question about that. great result, I like it a lot.
aadilj (18102) 2009-02-16 22:33
Hi philippe, this is absolutely wonderful, no words tod escribe the beauty of this vibrant and lovely composition. great work
Cormac (26565) 2009-02-17 7:44
Great shot! You really took advantage of the blue hour to get the best of this, as the warm light on the building contrasts strongly with the deep blue of the sky. Wonderful shot!
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-02-17 9:59
Une superbe mosquée bleue à l'heure bleue !
C'est une architecture magique, et ton image est très belle.
Thrax (2598) 2009-02-17 10:59
Nice point of view and presentation. I also like reflections on the ground. Thanks for sharing.
jimkilgallon (0) 2009-02-17 14:48
Lovely blue hour while the yellow and blues play off well against each other. I love the wet floor at the bottom which gives off a gleam and nice reflection. Fine perspective also.
Flavia (10352) 2009-02-21 7:40
On etait a Istanbul au meme moment! La meteo n'etait pas trop pous le photos de jour, je vois qui tu as bien profites de soires pour faire des merveilles! Superbe photo de cette magnifique Mosque. Le pave muille avec la plui donne un superbe cache a la photo.
darek1978 (13361) 2009-08-19 9:24
Good perspective and POV for this shot. I like the light, reflected on the wet stones of the pavement. The exposure is perfect with all the details visible. Great job!
cigdom (2594) 2009-12-25 11:56
Hi Philippe !
Very nice shot from Turkey ! I like the reflections with nice colours. Also lighting and sharpness are wonderful
Merry Christmas and greetings from Turkey
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-08-09 0:32
Very well executed picture. The golden glow and the blue background contrasts very well. A very nice architecture. I specially like the reflections on the courtyard and the low POV.
Have a nice time
- Copyright: Philippe Bt (Bartleby) (13552)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D + Grip DBG-2, SIGMA 10-20mm F4-5,6 DC EX, UV Filter 77mm
- Exposure: f/22, 26 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): JB's Daily Pick(s) From Your Pics II, Istanbul 2009, REFLETS | STELFER [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 5:04
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