Category Archives: City Photography

Bank Of England & The Royal Exchange – London, England

The Royal Exchange has an atypical lighting when it gets dark. When the down lights are first turned on, they are green and then turn an aqua colour as the lights warm up. They look great when balanced with the orange glow of the tungsten lights on the outside and helps it stand out from […]

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Tower Bridge & The Shard – London, England

For architecture photography, they say you should use a Tilt Shift lens. So I bought one and it arrived today. These are taken with the “Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5L II”. They may not appear any different to a normal city photo, at first glance. There are no converging verticals and there is less ground, more […]

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No Entry – Hagia Sophia

“Sorry, your names not down your not coming in!” This fellow was just sitting there, guarding the gate. I was so intrigued, what was the great thing he was guarding? It looks so shiny. I want to see! When you walk around Istanbul you will notice immediately, or over time, the quantity of cats roaming […]

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Panorama from Galata Tower – Istanbul, Turkey

The top of the Galata Tower has a very narrow gangway around its edge. When I first stepped out, I did feel a little nervous holding on to the railing as it appeared unstable. You can walk all the way around and take a 360 panorama, which I did do. I also choose two of […]

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Sapphire Tower (view from) – Istanbul, Turkey

The Istanbul Sapphire tower is the tallest building in Turkey (as at 2012) and I wanted to be on the roof top before the golden light hour. The journey from the old town of Istanbul to the Levent area (business district) is quite a journey requiring a tram, funicular and metro. Give yourself an hour […]

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Bosphorus Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey

I took the tram to Kabatas and instead of taking a taxi to Ortakoy, I decided to walk up. I was looking forward to getting my version of the classical view of Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge. I passed the Dolmabahce Palace on my right, which I had in my itinerary but not enough […]

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Istiklal Avenue – Istanbul, Turkey

İstiklal Avenue is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Running through the middle of the avenue is a tramline that will carry you up and down the 3km length. The avenue is lined with modern shops, bars […]

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Basilica Cistern – Istanbul, Turkey

The Basilica Cistern is a relief from the heat of the day. As I descended the steps into the underground chamber, the rows of columns seemed to stretch far off into the distance making the chamber appear larger than it is. The dimly lit walkways are bright enough to see where you are walking but […]

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Galata Bridge & Tower – Istanbul, Turkey

The night before, I had used the hotel wifi to check how many steps were needed to get to the top of the Galata Tower. To my relief, the tower has two lifts that take you up most of the way. I had to choose whether I went up the tower in the golden/blue hours […]

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