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Istanbul: Artborghi’s 2013/2014 top choice for photography

In the last months I had the lucky chance to visit one after the other Rome, Jerusalem and Istanbul. All of them filled with history and cultural traditions. For variety of people, colours and architecture, I have no doubts crowning Istanbul as top location for photography.

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I was in Istanbul only for 4 days. In such short time I had so much fun in picturing this wonderful city day and night! 1 Bosporus by night – arrival to Istanbul 2 Turkish finger food in Istanbul harbour 3 The amazing word of Hagia Sophia 4 Humans of Istanbul 5 Fishing at Galata bridge 6 The seafront of Istanbul 7 Turkish boats 8 Birds of prey in Istanbul 9 The Imperial Harem of the Topkapi 10 Istanbul sight from the Galata tower 11 Mosques of Istanbul 12 The Topkapi Park

Enjoy Artborghi last (maybe not!) shots from Istanbul, another sunset, this time leaving this marvellous city from the same place our trip started.

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Seagulls will be the main reason for buying an extra SD card before going to Istanbul.

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As well as the long, colorful sunsets on the Suleiman Mosque while leaving the harbour

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Take the ferry just before the sunset: you will gain hours of wonderful shooting!

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Watch out: Bosporus fires (sunset reflections on windows) are turning on!

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So that when you reach the Bosporus bridge …

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…you can shoot the last lights on “The City”. Istanbul, see you again!

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“Bow down in prayer” : Istanbul Süleymaniye Mosque and Sultan Ahmed (blue) Mosque

Based on the architecture of Agia Sophia, the Turkish mosques of Istanbul dot every view side of the city. If by chance minarets are out of your sight, five times per day muezzin prayers will remind you to bow down in prayer (aka “mosque”) towards the Mecca. Among the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul is Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the blue mosque famous for the blue tiles adorning the internal walls.

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And Süleymaniye Mosque, a marvels melting pot of Islamic and Byzantine architecture facing the Bosporus. In both cases, no-Muslims are not allowed to access the praying floor. Still the visitor area is accessible for everybody without shoes, and with additional covered head for women. Read more…

Sights of Istanbul cityscape from the Galata tower.

From the top terrace of the Galata tower (here its shadow on the cityscape), a view on the North side of Istanbul. Mosques and modern building adorned with satellite dishes mix at sunset. Istanbul has around 15 millions of inhabitants and it stretches from the Marmara sea, a north-east Mediterranean appendix,  up to the Bosporus, gate to the Black sea.

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Watching south, the historical Istanbul centre, with the Topkapi Saray (=palace), residence of the Sultan, the blue mosque and in the distance the new modern area outside of the Topkapi walls. Modern and ancient quarters ae connected among the others by the modern Ataturk bridge.

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Pictures shot with D800 plus 70-200 VR-II – Click to magnify each picture.

Metropolitan birds of prey on the Bosporus

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Enter the doors of Hagia Sophia (Istanbul): 1476 years of history for four names

First,  the Eastern Orthodox cathedral of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: the Holy Wisdom

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Then a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Latin Empire: Sancta Sophia

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Later the Imperial Mosque of Istanbul: Aya Sofya

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Today a wonderful museum: Ayasofya Müzesi

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Click on each picture to magnify. All pictures shot with Nikon D800 + 16-35 mm f/4

Balik, kestane or süt misir of Istanbul: the food choice is yours

After a freezing cold cruise, nothing is better than balik (fish) and ekmek (bread) at Eminönü, Istanbul harbor.

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Mix sour cabbage and peperoni together with the fried fish and the dinner is complete.

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Or cross the Galata bridge and buy fresh fish (watch how red the gills are) at the market …

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Grilled meat on the road is a delicious alternative.

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For dessert, a bag of kastane (chestnuts)

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and if space still available, top it up with süt misir (sweet corn) !

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All pictures shot hand-held in the darkness with the amazing Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 mounted on my Nikon D800. Click to magnify.

… and finally there, the lights of Istanbul !

Cruising under the bridge on the Bosphorus

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… through the border between Asia and Europe …

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… here is finally the harbour of Byzantium!

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Just in time for dinner ! What might we taste there?

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All pictures but last shot while cruising (!) by night (!!) with Nikon D800 + Nikon 16-35 mm f/4 … click each picture to magnify

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