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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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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

This is my last post, before beginning the long journey home from Iguazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border.  Tonight we will make one more visit to Devil’s Throat by full moonlight.  Then tomorrow morning we will transfer to our first flight.

Last night, under nearly clear skies, we made our way out to the very brink of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.  By moonlight it seems even more powerful – and certainly louder!  It is very clear that if one fell into this falls – there is no coming back!

Moonlight on Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Moonlight on Devil’s Throat, Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil's Throat from the brink under a full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil’s Throat from the brink under a full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi's Throat by full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi’s Throat by full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The real problem with photographing for days at Iguazu Falls is NOT that you run out of things to photograph – it’s that you can only share a small percentage of the many compositions that you create.  Here are a last few – but know that for every image I have shared, there are 50 compositions that are equally exciting!  This is truly a photographer’s paradise!

Brink of falls in the mist.  Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Brink of falls in the mist. Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow - with the shadow of the photographer.© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow – with the shadow of the photographer.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

I could go on and on!  But this give you an idea of the fun we’ve been having.  I hope everyone gets a chance to photograph this set of falls someday.  We would love to be your guides when you do!  Thank you.  Bob

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

When the sun drops below the horizon, the exposure times get long, and the light changes colors.  Iguazu Falls takes on a completely different look!

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Power turns to grace.  The coffee color of the water contrasts with the white froth of the churning.  The falls take on an entirely different complexion.

Grace and beauty.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grace and beauty.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines.  Looking at this you can't even hear the thunder!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines. Looking at this you can’t even hear the thunder!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Whether you interpret these falls as having power or grace, this is an amazing place to visit and photograph.  There are so many waterfalls in this complex that would, elsewhere, constitute a reason for a national park on their own.  Here you can almost overlook falls that would steal your heart elsewhere.

 

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