Galata Tower in Istanbul used to be a fire lookout tower and is just shy of 67 metres tall. It also sits atop a 35 metre hill. Taken at blue hour from the adjacent terrace of the Anemon Restaurant. From Wikipedia:
"The tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople.The Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 219½ feet (66.9 m) when it was built in 1348. It was built to replace the old Tower of Galata, an original Byzantine tower named Megalos Pyrgos (English: Great Tower) which controlled the northern end of the massive sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn. That tower was on a different site and was largely destroyed in 1203, during the Fourth Crusade of 1202–1204.
The upper section of the tower with the conical cap was slightly modified in several restorations during the Ottoman period when it was used as an observation tower for spotting fires.
According to the Seyahatname of Ottoman historian and traveller Evliya Çelebi, in circa 1630-1632, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early intercontinental aviator using artificial wings for gliding from this tower over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away. Evliyâ Çelebi also tells of Hezarfen's brother, Lagari Hasan Çelebi, performing the first flight with a rocket in a conical cage filled with gunpowder in 1633.
Starting from 1717 the Ottomans began to use the tower for spotting fires in the city. In 1794, during the reign of Sultan Selim III, the roof of the tower made of lead and wood, and the stairs were severely damaged by a fire. Another fire damaged the building in 1831, upon which a new restoration work took place.
In 1875, during a storm, the conic roof on the top of the building was destroyed. The tower remained without this conic roof for the rest of the Ottoman period. Many years later, in 1965-1967, during the Turkish Republic, the original conical cap was restored. During this final restoration in the 1960s, the wooden interior of the tower was replaced by a concrete structure and it was commercialized and opened to the public."
Apparently the restaurant within the tower is not that great and serves very ordinary food, but the views are still magnificent. Closes at 7 pm, so I must head there again before summer, when blue hour occurs around 9 pm.
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Wahclellaspirit (4093) 2014-04-16 13:10
Amazing blue hour Shot of the tower and beautiful lighting. I believe after seeing your work over the years this is one of your finest images.
Royaldevon (38477) 2014-04-16 15:23
This is a fine 'blue hour' shot.
It really stands out, even as a thumbnail.
The close-up of the tower gives us excellent textural details of the walls and amazing, colourful details of the deep windows. I'm sure it has a completely different persona to that which it displays in daylight!
My warm regards,
pierrefonds (65878) 2014-04-16 17:52
The tight frame is putting the tower in evidence. Using an ISO of 1600 and a slow shutter speed is hsowing some deails of the architecture of the tower. It also has a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-16 22:41
Jolies couleurs pour cette photo à l'heure bleue de la Galata Tower.
amaryllis (36895) 2014-04-16 23:25
Ton cadrage ainsi présente est superbe, un zoom sur le haut de la tour, de plus à l'heure bleue et une lumière bien gérée et l'on distingue de jolis détails comme la pierre et les arcades.
Très belle réalisation
emka (96525) 2014-04-16 23:52
Hello Chris, Beautiful blue hour view of the Galata Tower. Nice lights and superb colours and sharpness.
WArm regrads MAlgo
papagolf21 (100962) 2014-04-17 0:01
Bonjour, cher Chris,
L'image est belle et impressionnante. L'architecture est magnifiquement mise en valeur.
L'éclairage dispensé pour valoriser l'édifice est excellent.
De plus, l'arrière-plan en heure bleue est parfait.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-17 2:26
un bon choix du pov et de superbes couleurs. Une mise en valeur très réussi de cette belle tour.
arnie (1805) 2014-04-17 3:25
Lovely capture of Galata Tower during the blue hour.
Good use of the light coming from the tower giving good detail to the windows and arches.
jhm (152246) 2014-04-17 3:55
We get a lovely enlightenment with these tower as subject of the Galata Tower in Istanbul.
Sharpness and clarity his real pleasant.
Also your blue sky makes these picture attractive.
Very well composition, TFS.
ikeharel (70743) 2014-04-17 4:05
Fine night shot upwards the illuminated tower, not an easy task - as some flash-lights ae pointing outwards instead towards the inside of those arch windows.
Maybe a step back of 4m or even 5m, if possible, could had shown a wider scope of the tower and surrounding area. But that would be my humble preferences.
*** The only dog I'd eat is Hot-dog...
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-17 5:11
a wonderful blue hour shot this. Love the POV and the way the lights just seem to glow so attractively. Superb detail and texturing make this captivating.
Sergiom (78623) 2014-04-17 5:31
J'aime beaucoup cette photo à l'heure bleue. J'aime la très belle luminosité fournie par les fenêtres. La contre plongée donne de l'ampleur à la tour. La symétrie est parfaite.
Silvio1953 (142131) 2014-04-17 11:25
Ciao Chris, fascinating blue hour with fantastic tower, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Didi (60588) 2014-04-17 11:46
Very nice view in the blue hour
Very good lights control
I hope to see if it's possible a wider view on the entire tower for complement
daddo (26754) 2014-04-17 16:59
Hi Chris. An imposing structure at any time, but here it is transformed into a magical tower, something one would find while flying on a magic carpet. I like the combination of blue and gold. Regards. Klaudio.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-18 7:23
Beautiful! Love the colors especially the warm golden glow coming of the windows against the blue hour. Good definition and nice details. Well done, tfs.
rychem (35313) 2014-04-18 9:09
Impresive tower, excellent blue hour photo, great light management and the POV makes the tower taller
omid266 (6746) 2014-04-18 20:50
beautiful shot from historic Galata Tower , i never see like this tower before ,
Thanks for sharing ,
batalay (38775) 2014-04-19 2:51
This is a first rate shot of Galata Tower at blue hour. You management of light could not be better. As for the note, it is highly informative. But that restaurant is not much. I remember a time a few decades back when it was restored, and several restaurants, each featuring food from a different century, occupied different levels.
It was a pleasure to meet you at the Istanbul Modern Museum. Thank you very much for attending the talk.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-04-21 10:58
Great nightshot of this famous tower.Nice yellow tones of the architecture and good contrast with the surrounding.
ktanska (27524) 2014-04-23 11:54
Balance of your exposure is excellent. Stone details both in shadow and lamp light are well visible. And deep blue sky gives excellent background. Close upwards angle is very good too.
I compared this one with my own photo taken on flat backlight. This is so much better.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-24 17:06
Resting, taking good photos?
Always admire your tecnique for blue hours photos, a great capture here plenty of color contrast, blue and golden
Well done and taken from a great and confortable place
I went up to the restuarant to take photos of the Golden Horn, wanted to have a panoramic view of Istambul, it was open but the day got cloudy
delpeoples (57666) 2014-04-25 6:31
This is a stunning Blue Hour shot, but what takes it out of the ordinary for me is the fascinating subject matter. Beautiful perspective and good even light management. Well done.
Cricri (118839) 2014-06-27 3:36
Merveilleuse prise de la tour, ces éclairages et le top a heure bleu, superbe
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-07-12 21:40
I have a similar photo of Galata Tower from my March trip, but your is nicer. The day we walked up to Galata was drizzling and I could not protect the camera's filter from wetness and ran out of dry cloth. So, my photo has streaks of light from a wet filter. Good clarity and light management in the blue hour.