Photographer's Note

My previous post was devoted to the architectural interior of the Hagia Sophia. Temples always have a very special light and I don’t know how the architects of such sanctuaries achieve it, but there isn’t a single church, mosque, synagogue or any other holy building that doesn’t have a special light.

Hagia Sophia certainly does have that quality too or shall I say even more than the usual, because this temple is really unique in every respect. Its interior seems to be pure light. That is something that I can’t describe. Photography gives a glance of what I mean with that, but yet, you will have to go there personally and experience it yourself.

Recently we had a brief TE meeting in Istanbul and our Turkish friends were eager to show whole Istanbul in 12 hours. Complete craziness! However, it was still enough time to explore and scratch the photographic potential of the city and the Hagia Sophia. If someone asks me about Hagia Sophia I would say that it is still there, almost 1,500 years later, because it was build with light.

This light baths every corner of the building and puts people in a different mood - more introspect! This young, beautiful, attractive and single lady did she feel solitude like the teenager captured by Rigoletto or were there other feelings … It seems that the heart behind her forehead gives us some clues ;-)

Can you see what I mean with special light? Difficult task to catch such atmosphere without a tripod at 1/6s handheld.

Technical Data:
Nikon D200
2008/02/03 17:17:04.6
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 55mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/6 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: None
Image Comment: 2008 © P. Böhringer
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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