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Stopover in Istanbul

On our return from Tanzania, we stopped in Istanbul to check out the view from our new hotel we will use for our Turkey Photography Odyssey in late October. Located next to the Blue Mosque, night photography was especially fun from the rooftop restaurant.

Blue Mosque © 2015 Bob Harvey

Blue Mosque
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Just down the street from our hotel is located another favorite of ours to photograph, the Basilica Cistern, built by the Romans.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in October/November and learn techniques to capture low light drama.  From Istanbul, we travel around the country – always looking for artistic compositions in famous historic sites.

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Turkey Photography Odyssey

Post 1, Istanbul

Our Turkey adventure begins in Istanbul – a city where civilizations have come and gone, leaving the foundation of the cultual experience it is today.  Photography compositions are found everywhere, almost overwhelming.

Blue Mosque © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Haglia Sophia © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Haglia Sophia
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Color and design woven into compositions capture the art and architecture of the past.

Haglia Sophia © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Haglia Sophia
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Underground Cistern, where the Romans stored water, should the enemy destroy the aqueducts through the city trying to cut off their water supply. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Underground Cistern, where the Romans stored water to prevent interuption of the water supply (should the enemy destroy the aqueducts).
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Today, merchants gather in the oldest and largest bazaar since the fifteenth century.

Grand Bazaar  © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Grand Bazaar
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Grand Bazaar © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Grand Bazaar
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Next we are off to Cappadocia to photograph dwellings, churches, wineries… carved into cliffs of volcanic tuff.

 

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Turkey Scout Trip

In early November, we traveled to Turkey to explore and celebrate so many opportunities for the photographer – land rich in history, culture, and geology.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Basilica Cistern © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Cappadocia, Turkey is a region rich with remains of ancient civilizations and geology.  For thousands of years, people have come and gone, leaving their presence on the landscape.  For us, it is a time to create art.  And the best tool to do this is light.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Alone in a quiet space, we wonder about the people who were here before us and how they lived.  There are so many tunnels and stairs, windows and doorways – we love to capture the way the light bounces around and adds depth.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Management of light can determine the feeling of a place, and dramatic or soft, you can choose how much detail to show.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

From a sunrise balloon ride, light changes the landscape by the minute. Features come to life as the sun spotlights them.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We really enjoyed exploring new places and determining what time of day would be the best for each location.  What sites work best in soft light, what sites work best during those dramatic moments, and how to capture the feeling of all that is there is important to creative photography.  The gift of “seeing” as we photographers do, enable us to take so much more in than just being there for a quick look and a history lesson. Interpretation from a good guide also helps us see more imaginatively.

Bob and Diane Zelve, Cappadocia

Bob and Diane
Zelve, Cappadocia

We hope you will join us on one of our Turkey Photography Adventures in the future.  Cappadocia is just a sample of our itinerary, but worthy of several days.

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Turkey Photography Adventure

Blue Mosque at night©2013 Bob Harvey

Blue Mosque at night
©2013 Bob Harvey

Turkey, at the crossroads where Europe and Asia meet, where the Black Sea pours through the Bosporus into the Sea of Marmara then through the Dardanelles into the Aegean Sea, is a photographer’s paradise.  This land saw the migration of many groups of people, over time, and was ruled by many different entities.  Over time, a number of religions were celebrated here, often choosing to build places of worship on the same sites where previous groups had worshiped in a different manner.  As a secular democracy, Turkey is careful to separate church and state, even as most of its citizens are Muslims.

Our photography visit began in Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, which itself straddles the Bosporus, with almost equal populations on both the Europe and Asia sides of the straits.

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Blue Mosque
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Istanbul is a city of incredible religious history.  It is the center of the Greek Orthodox Church and the home to many beautiful and active mosques.  The call for prayer reverberates through the streets, seemingly coming from every direction – as indeed there are mosques in almost every direction wherever you stand in Istanbul.

Bazaar© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bazaar
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Istanbul comes together in several exciting and colorful bazaars, where you can find almost everything you want or need – and many things you never dreamed existed!

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Bazaar
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Among the treasures in the bazaars one can find some of the fine ceramic pottery produced in Turkey, the famous “evil eyes”, and many of the spices that this part of the world is known for!

Next, we’ll leave Istanbul for the central highlands – and meet a king who declared himself a god!

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