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Basilica Cistern



The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey

The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey
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annettejohnson
 
annettejohnson May 19, 2016
I have been here back in 2012 when I travelled the silk route from Istanbul to China! It is truly an amazing place and well worth the visit. An excellent capture as you either need a tripod or high ISO or a steady hand Lol. Thanks for the memory!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl September 20, 2016
Very Nice capture and great architecture

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Istanbul, called as "Basilica Cistern". It is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lies beneath the city of Istanbul.
Time
I arrived during day time, it was very challenging for me to get the shot in low light since it lies beneath the city which is located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia.
Lighting
Due to very low light i took the shot in slow shutter speed. After several shots i got this fascinating image.
Equipment
I took the shot with my Nikon D3100(18-55mm lens) on the fencing rod at slow shutter speed as i could not carry my tripod.
Inspiration
The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople. The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns. The cistern has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water. Historical charm of the columns and its reflection in water creates a stunning view which made me curious to capture this moment.
Editing
I did color correction work in lightroom to make this image more mysterious, attractive and enchanting.
In my camera bag
I normally carry tripod, monopod, Sigma 70 - 300mm lens, circular polarize filter, Neutral Density (ND) Filter (1-10 stops) with my Nikon D3100 and 18-55mm lens.
Feedback
Always carry your tripod with you, so you can not miss any important moments. If you see any beautiful place or object which attracts you, visualize that composition and capture it with proper camera settings. If you don't have your tripod and you want to capture something similar like this image use something to support your camera and take several images with different settings, as you may not get a second chance to capture it again.

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