World Travel Tales

Istanbul, Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

The beautiful Sultan Ahmed Mosque on a blue sky day. But the reason for it's nickname, The Blue Mosque, is because of the pretty blue tiles that adorn the interior walls of the building

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/400 sec at f/8.

Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Architecture

The architecture of the Blue Mosque is a combination of both Ottoman era mosques with traditional Islamic architecture and the more modern style of the Byzantine churches. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period of Ottoman Empire.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/320 sec at f/8.

Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Courtyard

Out in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, you're surrounded by these pretty domed rooftops supported by slender stone columns and arches.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/8.

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish Treats

It's difficult to walk through Istanbul with a girl who absolutely loves to stop and peer through the glass at little sweet shop that happens to be in the vicinity. But I guess it's justifiable here since the displays are so perfect that they just beg you to stop and indulge in "just one more" treat.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/25 sec at f/4.8.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Spice Market

I love seeing piles and piles of brightly coloured spices, and here at the Grand Bazaar there are plenty of spices to go around.

Location: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/200 sec at f/5.

Istanbul, Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque is more commonly called The Blue Mosque and is a highly visible landmark in Istanbul. It was built between 1609 and 1616, and is still a popular and well used mosque today.

It's difficult to get a good photo in here without a wide angle lens, so if you want to see some beautiful images of the inside of this spectacular mosque, just quickly google it.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/20 sec at f/5.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Concentric Circles

These concentric circles of lamps are suspended way below the towering ceiling of the Blue Mosque. It's a cool effect to see them hovering so low in the vast open space of the room.

Location: Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/20 sec at f/8.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish Sultan Lamps

These colourful hand crafted sultan lamps are everywhere in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

Location: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/30 sec at f/8.