martes, 27 de abril de 2010


In this post I would like to show the most interesting photos I took in Istanbul. I will explain the main motif I wanted to photograph and how I could have got a better picture with more suitable parameters.

Of course, I'm just learning and my photos can be improved. You can see more pictures and obtain more information of Istanbul and Cappadocia clicking on the links below:

First day in Istanbul
  • Istiklal Caddesi *
  • Galata tower
  • Pub Hayal Kahvesi
Second day in Istanbul
  • Haghia Sophia *
  • Küçük Ayasofya Camii
  • Blue Mosque *
  • Gülhane Park
  • Eminönü, Spice Bazaar and New Mosque *
  • Galata Bridge *
  • Restaurant Artiste Terrasse *
The three days we spent in Cappadocia
  • Uchiçar *
  • Göreme *
  • Göreme Open-Air Museum *
  • Rose Valley *
  • Monks Valley *
  • Kaymakly underground city *
Third day in Istanbul
  • Topkapi (and the Harem) *
  • Sogukçesme Sokagi
  • Grand Bazaar *
  • Ceremony of Whirling Derviches *
Fourth day in Istanbul

  • Dolmabahçe gardens *
  • Ortaköy Mosque *
  • Cruise up to the Bosphorus *
  • Beyazit and University of Istanbul
  • Sülemaniye Mosque *
  • Rüstem Pasa Mosque
Last day in Istanbul
  • St. Saviour in Chora *
  • Fener
  • Eyüp Mosque *
  • Golden Horn
*Strongly Recommended

Haghia Sophia

Photo taken by Elena Senao. I really like the lively environment of Sultanahmet, just as the photo shows

Inside Haghia Sophia in Istanbul. With ISO 800 the noise level is quite good

The image stabilizer did a great job here :)

With a large aperture the deep of field is reduced and so the foreground is emphasized

Blue Mosque

The blue Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings in Istanbul

A high ISO makes possible a Tv short enough to get a quite sharp picture without adding much noise. Also we can see the blue tiles and the arabic writing, which gives us additional information about this building

New Mosque

New Mosque in Istanbul. The slanting framing gives a more intense feeling of dynamism

Spice Bazaar

In spite of zoom, the deep of field is enough to get a sharp picture thanks to the small aperture. I like a lot the colourful spices of this picture. Prices give us a lot of information about the place where the picture was taken

I could have reduced the deep of field if I had chosen an aperture of 5 for example. Besides, with this larger aperture, the Tv could have been shorter and the picture sharper, or the ISO lower and the noise less

View of Topkapi, Haghia Sophia and Blue Mosque at night

With a tripod and a Tv of 8 seconds I got a quite sharp picture, but It would have been better if I had chosen a higher ISO like 800 or even 1600 and a larger aperture

Cappadocia - Uchisar

Here I followed the rule of two thirds for composition and I let the person and the castle "breathe". This focal length and aperture let a large deep of field

In this picture I searched for diagonals to get a photo with more strength. This picture is a bit mysterious and this road (from Uchiçar to Göreme) seems to lead us to the unknown

Cappadocia - Göreme Open-Air Museum

Turkish flag is everywhere in Turkey. Turks are very proud of their country and that was what I wanted to show with this picture

I should have chosen a higher ISO to obtain a sharper phtography. Fresco paintings of churches in Göreme Open-Air museum in Cappadocia were amazing

Cappadocia - Göreme

This tablecloth summarizes some of the most interesting activities to do in Cappadocia: balloon tours, whirling dervishes or fairy chimneys

The angle I shot from gives more strength to this picture thanks to the contrast of clouds in the sky. This clouds look like as they were moving fast

In this picture I wanted to reduce the deep of field to emphasize the car, but I didn't succeed. I should have used more zoom (the aperture is ok) and maybe a higher ISO because the picture is a bit dark

Cappadocia - Rose Valley

Landscapes in Cappadocia are amazing, and this picture would have been also fantastic if I had chosen a closer aperture to get a large deep of field. But the composition is right because I followed the rule of two thirds for the girl and the skyline

I could have got a sharper picture with a smaller aperture. I find this photo wonderful because it shows really faithfully the strength of landscapes in Cappadocia

Cappadocia - Monks Valley

Another typical landscape of Cappadocia with this fairy chimneys. This white Balance let get warmer tones than the automatic one

Cappadocia - Pottery in Avanos

Here I succeed taking a picture with a small deep of field to emphasize the vase

In this picture the deep of field is even smaller than the previous one thanks to the zoom. The white balance is necessary to get a more suitable tone

Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City

I like this picture because it shows a bit a Cappadocia landscape, how roads are in Cappadocia and the eyes of the driver looking at the skyline

In spite of Tv, the picture is sharp thanks to the image stabilizer. I also could have chosen a higher ISO to improve the sharpness

A corridor in Kaymakli underground city. The light was really faint but I could take this picture thanks to the higher ISO, the sensor size of a DSLR camera and the image stabilizer. Otherwise a tripod would have been essential

Cappadocia - Göreme

I really like this picture because it shows the rural and peaceful environment of Göreme. I should have chosen a higher ISO, 200 for example, to improve the sharpness of this picture thanks to a shorter Tv


Cats are very common in Istanbul

I should have set even a higher ISO to photograph this room in the Harem of Topkapi in Istanbul

Detail that shows how highly decorated is Topkapi

One of the buildings I liked the most of Topkapi

Tiles in Topkapi Palace

It was a pity that this fountain didn't work because it had increased the beauty of this pavilion

Flowers give a colourful look to the gardens of Topkapi. If the aperture had been larger, all this flowers and plants would have looked sharper

Ceremony of Dervishes

Dervishes Ceremony is a really challenging environment to take pictures: light is a bit faint and Dervishes move and whirl

In this picture I tried to freeze the man and to reduce the deep of field to emphasize him. So I chose a large aperture and a short Tv. With this settings is necessary to increase ISO in order to achieve a well exposed picture

On the other hand, in this photo I tried to emphasize the feeling of movement

Dolmabahçe Gardens

A large aperture to keep sharp the main elements of the picture: mosque in Dolmabahçe gardens and girl. I kept in mind the rule of two thirds for composition

Ortaköy - Bosphorus

With a large aperture and a short focal length I kept sharpen the boat, the mosque of Ortaköy and the bridge. The sky gives a dramatic look to this picture

What I want to keep sharp was the rod and the fisherman. So I chose a long focal, a small aperture and I approached the man

With zoom and a small aperture I tried to blur flowers and to keep sharpen the face of the two girls. I should have chosen an ISO 200 to decrease Tv

Ortaköy mosque is incredibly beautiful

A large aperture is required to keep sharpen all the picture

A large aperture and a short focal length keep sharpen the flag and houses in the background. A higher ISO would have made possible a shorter Tv

Bosphorus bridge through the daylight reflected on the Bosphorus. A small aperture keep sharpen water and bridge

Beyazit Mosque

Beyazit Mosque in front of Istanbul University

Sülemaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye mosque with turkish flag

Rüstem Pasa Mosque

Blue tiles in Rüstem Pasa mosque. Parameters are right. As light was quite faint, Tv was a bit long, but Image Stabilizer made possible a sharp picture

Lamps in Rüstem Pasa mosque. I should have chosen WB tungsten

Theodosian Walls

Theodosian walls in Istanbul. Searching for diagonals improve composition

St- Savior in Chora

Domes of St Savior in Chora

This picture of a fantastic mosaic is sharp enough, but a higher ISO and a smaller aperture would have let a shorter Tv


Walking along the district of Fener in Istanbul

Children playing in a district of Istanbul, called Fener


The slanting framing gives a more intense feeling of dynamism and a better composition taking into account the height of minarets of Eyüp mosque

A fountain in front of Eyüp mosque. I tried to achieve the effect of freezing water but to this effect would have been more noticeable if I had chosen a shorter Tv together with a smaller aperture and a higher ISO

Eyüp is one of the most religious districts of Istanbul. In this picture, women dressed with burka and a child dressed as a prince for the ceremony of circumcision

Sülemaniye Mosque from the Golden Horn

Süleymaniye Mosque from the golden horn. Photography is easier with good conditions of light


Boats, ferries and the New Mosque are the typical features of Eminönü

Fish sandwich are very typical in Istanbul and are sold especially in Eminönü. In this picture I wanted to emphasize the seller

Eminönü is always crowded. In the foreground two women with hiyab

Grand Bazaar

A great example of what deep of field means. In this picture, deep of field is small to emphasize the first lamp and to create a gentle combination of colors. This effect is achieved thanks to a small aperture and the zoom

Blue Mosque in the Evening

If I had chosen a higher ISO, Tv would have been shorter. However, the picture is quite sharpen thanks to Image stabilizer

Haghia Sophia at Night

Haghia Sophia is even more beautiful at night

Other great cities and countries I have already visited are:

2 comentarios:

Unknown dijo...

nice picas but s.times stupid commets :(

Frank dijo...

Thanks for your comment. It will be useful to improve this blog.