David Stout, EPSA  

Blue Mosque by David Stout, EPSA

June 2024 - Blue Mosque

About the Image(s)

Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, this place of worship dominates the Hippodrome area of Istanbul. This (north eastern) viewpoint needed to be taken in morning light which was not a problem as our hotel was only a 5 minute walk away.

Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 24-105 IS lens @70 mm, F11 @ 125 sec, iso 100, polatriser filter, monopod support.

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11 comments posted

Shirley Bormann   Shirley Bormann
Excellent composition and as sharp as a tack. The three minarets
really stand out against a crisp blue sky. While I might have liked to have seen what was behind the trees, it is a great photo travel image.

  Posted: 06/09/2024 17:08:50
David Stout   David Stout
Thank you for your complimentary comments Shirley, hard to believe I took it only 2 weeks ago!   Posted: 06/10/2024 04:20:30

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
David, The Blue Mosque is an Ottoman-era historical imperial mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosque was built on the southeast side of the old Byzantine Hippodrome, near the Hagia Sophia (the most important mosque of the Ottoman Empire) therefore sometimes is wrongly named as Hagia Sophia. Interesting that from your selected vantage point the fourth minaret is not visible. There is quite an amount of greenery blocking part of the structure.   Posted: 06/12/2024 08:10:48

Esther Steffens
It's nice to see a very recent photo! As always, the light is perfect. I am somewhat bothered by all the greenery that blocks part of the structure. On the other hand, this gives us a "different" view than we usually see. I tried cropping the bottom so that the bit of red roof and some of the green doesn't show, but I don't think it is necessary. In fact, I rather like the piece of roof!   Posted: 06/13/2024 22:39:25

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
As usual, David, you have great light and composition. I am sure it is not possible to get a shot of the complete mosque and trees are better than cars and people. Well done.

I am sorry my image didn't get sent to you. Mail was not going out and I discovered it too late to get it to you in time. Use it next month.   Posted: 06/16/2024 11:55:54
David Stout   David Stout
Your observation is correct - the north east viewpoint of my image now has well established trees - and are better than streetlamps, people, and other 21st. century obstructions!
I am sure we all look forward to next month when we can comment on your next submission - but I am grateful you are contributing with your comments this month.   Posted: 06/17/2024 05:34:33

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
Great image of the mosque. We were there many years ago.   Posted: 06/17/2024 18:09:45

Michael Smith   Michael Smith
David, a beautiful image of the Blue Mosque. Like others, I wish the greenery didn't obscure the rest of the mosque, but not knowing what other options were available, it is hard to take issue. The lighting and colors are perfect. I have been to Istanbul several times for business, but once for pleasure at the start of a Celebrity Cruise. However I have only seen the mosque from a distance. The one time we could have seen it before the cruise, there was unrest in the city, and the cruise line left early before seeing Istanbul.   Posted: 06/18/2024 09:03:37
David Stout   David Stout
Thank you for your kind remarks Michael, unlike yourself we had 5 full days in the city - no problems with unrest or the like. Our hotel was minutes away from the Blue Mosque/Hippodrome, so you will be viewing many more images from Istanbul!   Posted: 06/18/2024 14:30:28

N. Sukumar   N. Sukumar
A grand view of a grand mosque! The sky and the mosque dome are both blue & white, but they still complement each other. Is the red roof at bottom left (and lamp posts at bottom) necessary? I'd prefer cropping a little from the bottom.   Posted: 06/22/2024 00:04:46

David Stout   David Stout
The tiled roof and trees have been pointed out by several members - I wanted the column of trees to serve as a right corner lead in, and the tiled roof from the other side. Ideally I would have darkened the bright red but in PTD it is not allowed.
I cropped per your suggestion and I do think it "tidies up" my composition, this just proves the benefit of being in a study group - many thanks to all!   Posted: 06/22/2024 04:24:19
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