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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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Post 5 – Temples, statues, archeological wonders

It is difficult to describe the feeling – entering an archeological site for the first time; it’s misting, feels moody, and we are the only ones there.  We wander through a field of columns laying on the ground to the ones ahead standing, come around the bend and stand there in awe as we view the gorgeous artwork of the past.  Soon cameras come out and we spread out, all seeing different compositions.  No one is speaking, just taking it all in.

Sagalassos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Our journey continues to many more sites and wonderful museums.  I continue to feel overwhelmed by the artistic work from the past and try to capture the intricate carvings by using light to define detail.

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum, starburst created from the sun shining through a small hole.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Along with using highlights and shadows, I like to explore unusual angles.  Not every pillar needs to be straight.

Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias Museum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias Museum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stork nest on the last remaining column of  the Temple of Artemis. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stork nest on the last remaining column of
the Temple of Artemis.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Life in the past and present.  It’s the season for nesting and the storks fly here to nest.  Perhaps we will see these same storks again in February when we return to Tanzania.  There are 3 young birds in the nest. Cats are frequently found in sites (and anywhere in Turkey).  The people of Turkey love cats but most people live in apartments.  Cats are found everywhere and everyone takes care of them. You see them in historic sites, parks, around town (including near outdoor restaurants, waiting for the call to dine on scraps).  The cat chow comes out every evening in the historic sites.  They are well fed and healthy and most are very friendly and enjoyable.  But nowhere do they look more royal then poised on pillars and exploring great pieces of marble.

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Post 4 – Caves

More spectacular time spent underground, this time carved by nature.  A stream in Kaklik Cave deposits limestone, creating beautiful formations for us to photograph.

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The cave entrance was equally beautiful and very colorful.

Kaklik Cave © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kaklik Cave
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Next – temples, dramatic views of ancient cities…

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Post 3 – Underground Cities, Cappadocia

Underground cities in the region were constructed the same way as the cliff and fairy chimney cities, carving out the volcanic tuff. Around the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants began to tunnel as deep as 275′ deep with eight levels.  Thousands of people inhabited this subterranean city for months at a time when threatened by the enemy.

Room in Ozkonak Underground City © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Room in Ozkonak Underground City
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Wine storage, Ozkonak © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Wine storage, Ozkonak
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone door and passageway, Ozkonak © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone door and passageway, Ozkonak
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Although the cities were invisible from the surface, it was possible for the enemy to find ventilation holes.  Stone doors were constructed to close off tunnels as needed.

Stone door, Ozkonak © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone door, Ozkonak
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone door view from a passageway, Ozkonak © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone door view from inside a passageway, Ozkonak
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The same door from the other side – I must say it was a bit uncomfortable to be in a narrow tunnel facing the door that could cut me off from the group!  So, will the next post be full of big skies?  Ha! Wait until you see the beautiful formations inside the cave we visited.

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Post 2 – Cappadocia

The region of Cappadocia lies between two volcanoes, the source of volcanic tuff that formed the area. It is in these canyons and strange formations that civilizations of the past chiseled out cities.

Zelve ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Zelve
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Zelve ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Zelve
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone grinding wheel, Zelve ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Stone grinding wheel, Zelve
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Column church, Zelve ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Column church, Zelve
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Pasabagi ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Pasabagi
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Dervent ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Dervent
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Church, Ilhara Valley ©2014 Diane Kelsay

Church, Ilhara Valley
©2014 Diane Kelsay

Just as artwork was created in the past in these amazing structures, art can be done today with our cameras – using shapes, light, and sometimes capturing the feeling of the past.

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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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Ephesus

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Touted as the largest city ever excavated, Ephesus is more important for the roles it played in history – and what it can teach us about the future.

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And, importantly for our small band of photographers – Ephesus contributed inspiring design material that spun into some exciting images!

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

This major Greek City, turned Roman City, and possibly the place where the Bible’s Gospel of John was written, sat on a hillside overlooking an important harbor.  The city was an important center of trade.  Under the Romans, the forests inland were plundered for lumber, setting off severe erosion that eventually silted in the harbor, creating a wetland that harbored mosquitos and malaria – eventually creating an outbreak that caused the city to be abandoned.

Elite Housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

One area of Ephesus has been excavated carefully and is kept under a roof for protection – an area of elite residences.  The lifestyle here was impressive – as are the archaeological vestiges.  Again, great material for photographers!

Floor tiles in elite housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Floor tiles in elite housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite housing details© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite housing details
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stones with texts© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stones with texts
© 2013 Bob Harvey

There are so many aspects to this site, so many intriguing corners.  And so many stories to hear.

Sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

What a visual treat!

Oh, and nearby are the last remnants of the Temple of Artemis – once one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Unfortunately, as allegiances changed over time, the temple became handy building material for other nearby structures…

Artemis column with stork nest© 2013 Bob Harvey

Artemis column with stork nest
© 2013 Bob Harvey

With the remnants of the temple sitting in a swamp, it makes a nice pedestal for nesting storks!

 

Where next?  Pergamum and nearby Asclepion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cappadocia – last imagesI know I’ve overdone the Cappadocia blogging – I guess you can tell I am pretty excited about the fun we had composing, dealing with challenging lighting, and accomplishing things that simply were beyond the technical means just a few years back.  But, even more important, is that things you see and learn in Cappadocia inspire you and fill you with awe and respect!

 

Underground City© 2013 Bob Harvey

Underground City
© 2013 Bob Harvey

There was a time, here, when Christians carved huge underground cities where they could retreat and survive.  The entrances to these cities were booby-trapped, much like the gauntlets that Indiana Jones movies feature.  Inside the cities were stores of food, winemaking facilities, wells for water, and sleeping and cooking quarters.

Underground City ventilation shaft© 2013 Bob Harvey

Underground City ventilation shaft
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

In the fairy chimneys and the walls of canyons, along with residences, there were many monasteries.  Elaborate churches, often complete with domes carved into the rock, were carefully constructed and used.

Rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The dedication of these people was evident in the archaeological remains!

Rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dome in rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dome in rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ceiling art© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ceiling art
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

Inspired by those who lived a hard life and put so much energy into their beliefs!  Then, step out into nature, late in the day, and be inspired again!

Cappadocia sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cappadocia sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

 

Cappadocia Sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cappadocia Sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

 

Obviously, I could go on and on about this special place.  Cappadocia has captured my imagination!  I’ll be going back next year (hopefully some of you will choose to come along)!  And there will be more blogging to do!  But the next blog from the Turkey adventure will be after Cappadocia.  From this amazing region, we flew to the southern Turquoise Coast to visit Ephesus, touted as the largest city ever excavated.  It played an important role for the Greeks, Romans, Christians, and more!  And the reason it was abandoned will cause you to think hard about our lives today!

 

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Balloons over Cappadocia

Early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia© 2013 Bob Harvey

Early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We’ve seen the fairy chimneys from the ground and from ridges.  We’ve photographed the entrances to the “cave” structures from the inside and out.  We’ve played with the soft light drifting into the cave rooms.  Now it’s time to get a perspective from above!  Up up and away!

Fairy Chimneys and balloons© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fairy Chimneys and balloons
© 2013 Bob Harvey

From above, one can more easily see the tall grace and the pointed capstones of the fairy chimneys!

We went very high sometimes, looking down on other balloons and the erosion patterns.© 2013 Bob Harvey

We went very high sometimes, looking down on other balloons and the erosion patterns.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

One can really get a sense of a deep layer of tuffa, of capstone layers, and of active erosion from the air.

Dancing with fairy chimneys© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dancing with fairy chimneys
© 2013 Bob Harvey

It’s also exciting to come down amongst the chimneys… to feel like you are dancing in and out and can almost reach out and touch the chimneys!

Chimneys and balloon© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chimneys and balloon
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ballooning is about perspective!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ballooning is about perspective!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

In retrospect, there was not one angle on the unique formations of Cappadocia that I was disappointed in!  From inside out, and outside in.  From down looking up and up looking down.  This is an amazing natural and cultural combo that is so much fun to design images with – and so interesting to learn about!

 

I’m having too much fun with Cappadocia – the next post will be?  Oh, I need to show you a few more places in this magical region before we move on to the Turquoise Coast!

 

 

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