Foto Friday – Eminönu from the Galata Bridge, Istanbul

Eminönu from the Galata Bridge, Istanbul

The Galata Bridge in Istanbul links Europe to Asia across the waters of the Golden Horn. Eminönu is a district on the south bank of the water on the european side. The skyline is littered with domes and minarets from the many mosques that define this area making for some great photo opportunities from the vantage point of the bridge.

This photograph was shot on an old analog Pentax camera using film and the negatives were later scanned in for digital use.

See some more photos at: http://www.fluidr.com/photos/44720200@N02/sets

Foto Friday – Hagia Sophia – Calligraphic Roundels, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia - Calligraphic Roundels

During a trip to Istanbul in 2005 I visited the Hagia Sophia, once the largest basilica in Christendom, in 1453 after the siege of Constantinople it was converted into a mosque by Sultan Mehmed.

This photograph shows two of the eight famous calligraphic roundels in the Hagia Sophia that are in fact painted wooden plaques, they were added in the 19th century restoration ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid.

This shot is actually an analog photo taken using film and later scanned in for digital purposes – in fact it was the last trip I used a film camera on!