Photographer's Note

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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Photo Information
  • Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-10-11
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Nikon E5000
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-24 6:21
Viewed: 2573
Points: 20
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