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Oct 21, 2012 19:17 |  #1

Fulfilled an 18-year wish and finally visited Istanbul last month for four days. Had an awesome trip; didn't get to see many of the things on my list (I take my time and often visit the same places several times), but still enjoyed it immensely. Definitely will be back for a longer trip.

1. Istanbul skyline from Galata Tower

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2. Hagia Sophia interior
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3. Sultanahmet Mosque courtyard
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4. Istiklal Caddesi
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5. Sunrise over Sultanahmet
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6. Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia from the ferry
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7. Spice Bazaar
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8. Grand Bazaar
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Oct 21, 2012 19:18 |  #2

9. Harvesting the Bosphorus

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10. Fishing the Golden Horn
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11. Yerebatan Cistern
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12. Sunset over Europe
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13. Istanbul sunset
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14. Istanbul twilight
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15. Istanbul twilight
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Oct 21, 2012 21:03 |  #3

gorgeous pictures! Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. So much history and culture. I was there 4 nights last year and it just isn't enough time to do the city justice. I plan on going through the rest of your set on flickr. Thanks for sharing.

What was your top 2 favorite places or things you saw?




  
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Oct 21, 2012 22:02 |  #4

Exceptional. Thanks for sharing.




  
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Oct 22, 2012 08:40 |  #5

beautiful, really like 1,2,5,7,9 and 10




  
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Oct 22, 2012 08:51 |  #6

Thanks for the comments. Istanbul is high on my list for a return visit, to see all the places I missed (Rumeli Hisari, Chora Church, Ortakoy, and more) and to spend more time on the places I did visit.

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What was your top 2 favorite places or things you saw?

Wow, that's a tough one. I'd say taking the ferry to Uskudar for a sunset stroll along the promenade is definitely one. I really liked the Hagia Sophia, although I could cheat and say a stroll from Sultanahmet/Hippodrome through the Spice Bazaar to Eminonu, then over Galata Bridge to Galata Tower would be number 2.


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Oct 22, 2012 11:31 |  #7

Very nice set!




  
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Oct 24, 2012 07:52 |  #8

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Very nice set!

Thank you.

One thing I would recommend to anyone planning to visit Istanbul -- read up on the city's history (I liked John Freely's Istanbul: The Imperial City (external link)). More than any other city, I felt that I was able to enjoy and appreciate Istanbul more by knowing the history and the background of what I was looking at. One example is Constantine's Column -- an innocuous looking beat-up tower by a busy street that doesn't look like it's anything special, until you realize it's almost 1,700 years old.


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Oct 24, 2012 14:39 |  #9

Awesome shots.
Lots I havent done.
I'm going back in June. Will have to do the tower at night :)
The history of Istanbul is fantastic. Walking the streets and realising it's past. You do feel it.
Glad you enjoyed it as much as I do. It never gets old. Pardon the pun :)


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Oct 24, 2012 14:59 |  #10

Very nice!


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Oct 24, 2012 15:40 as a reply to  @ gpswiz's post |  #11

#2 is killing me. I was in IST 3 years ago, and the widest lens I had was 28-135mm (on a Rebel body). Missed on so many shots...might just have to go back.


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Oct 24, 2012 17:21 |  #12

DiMAn0684 wrote in post #15164426 (external link)
#2 is killing me. I was in IST 3 years ago, and the widest lens I had was 28-135mm (on a Rebel body). Missed on so many shots...might just have to go back.

this is EXACTLY how I feel. to add to that - I didn't know enough at the time and didn't shoot in RAW.




  
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Oct 24, 2012 17:25 |  #13

I've gotten to most of the spots in these photos, and I can say you did a great job capturing it!! Love Istanbul, been there a couple times in the last 2 years, looking forward to a little 4 day layover in December!


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Oct 25, 2012 01:44 as a reply to  @ Andrushka's post |  #14

DiMAn0684 wrote in post #15164426 (external link)
#2 is killing me. I was in IST 3 years ago, and the widest lens I had was 28-135mm (on a Rebel body). Missed on so many shots...might just have to go back.

One thing with Istanbul. They are always doing renovations. Great for the sites when you are not there. Damn annoying when you are. Hope next time all renovations are finished.
Make me want to go sooner. But i have to wait


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Oct 25, 2012 10:57 |  #15

Thanks again for the comments.

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Will have to do the tower at night :)

Just get there early enough! I got to the top right at sunset. It took me about 45 minutes until I finally got around to the south/west-facing view (people taking pictures weren't moving and blocking the way), after twilight was already gone. On the plus side, everyone left once it got dark and I was able to move around freely, place my camera on the railings/columns and get some long exposures.

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The history of Istanbul is fantastic. Walking the streets and realising it's past. You do feel it.

Absolutely true. Especially true for me at the Hagia Sophia -- I could just imagine what it must have felt like on the night of May 28, 1453, with Constantine XI praying and preparing for battle as the Ottomans battered the city's defenses for the last time.

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#2 is killing me. I was in IST 3 years ago, and the widest lens I had was 28-135mm (on a Rebel body). Missed on so many shots...might just have to go back.

I used my 16-35 in Istanbul a lot more than usual for sure. The city is pretty cramped and its hard to capture the full scale of the sights. Although the water makes it relatively easy to get a longer view.

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Love Istanbul, been there a couple times in the last 2 years, looking forward to a little 4 day layover in December!

I bet the city looks magical with snow. Given how hot it was at the end of September, it's hard to imagine it gets cold enough for snow at all.

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One thing with Istanbul. They are always doing renovations. Great for the sites when you are not there. Damn annoying when you are. Hope next time all renovations are finished.

Seems to be the "problem" with most older cities. From the ferry it looked like Ortakoy Mosque was under renovation (completely covered up).


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