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 and restaurants. Compared to the old town of Istanbul, I wouldn’t expect a traveller to shop around here. There are a couple of places of interest, one being the Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage). I entirely forgot I wanted an image of the passage. I was so engrossed in watching up and down the avenue, waiting for the tram to appear through the crowd at the right time.

I tried a thin depth of field with the EF 50 F1.2L, just across the front of the tram, but didn’t like the loss of depth.

Istiklal Avenue - Istanbul, Turkey

Istiklal Avenue - Istanbul, Turkey

Istiklal Avenue - Istanbul, Turkey

Bimala Meeuws - October 21, 2012 - 9:59 am

love this photography! Makes this street in Instanbul look like part of a movie

Daniel - October 21, 2012 - 10:02 am

I love this one too. It’s got an ethereal quality to it. It makes me think of a scene from an alternative reality magical Sci-Fi movie. Love the grading!

George & Savi - November 2, 2012 - 5:18 pm

WOW, we feel like we are there in Istanbul. Such a beautiful travel photograph.

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