Friday, 27 May 2011

Intense Istanbul

From the architectural beauty of the Blue Mosque to the sound of the calls to prayer and the smell of the narghile (hubbly bubbly, hookah) being smoked, Istanbul is an assault on the senses. The highlights of our visit to Istanbul would have to be the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Spice Bazaar.  The Grand Bazaar is an endless maze of crockery, lamps, jewellery, leather and carpets whereas the Spice Bazaar sells anything from pistachio nougat to Iranian saffron.  Hagia Sophia was completed in 537 AD and has gone from being a church to a mosque to a museum.  The interior is vast and it is humbling to stand inside a building that is nearly 1,500 years old. Topkapi Palace used to be the home of the Ottoman Sultans and is now a museum, of which the harem is the most interesting part.



 The Blue Mosque
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
ISO 100
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed:1/125


 Carpets and Cushions
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 200
Aperture: f/3.55
Shutter Speed:1/125


Teas and Spices
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 400
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/60


 Shoes for Sale
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 500
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/60


Lamps in the Grand Bazaar
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 250
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/100


 Colourful bowls
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 250
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/100 


 Fresh fish in Karakoy Fish Market
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
ISO 100
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200


 View of Beyo─člu
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 100
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/500


Interior of Hagia Sophia
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
ISO 800
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/40


Hagia Sophia at Dusk
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO 100
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 2 s


2 comments:

Sasa said...

Hi Bruce! What perfect timing, we leave for 5 days in Istanbul on Sunday and I've been looking up places to eat and phrases all day - now I'm even more excited, beautiful, as usual.

catty said...

Love the pics :) especially the lamps at the bazaar and the interior of Hagia Sophia!

Great seeing you tonight, catch you again soon! x

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