Discussion in 'General Gallery' started by LaFoto, Oct 30, 2008.
1. Outside the mosque
We happened to arrive at prayer time.
(We were there a month ago-it was very crowded )
- I take my hat off to you -!
Very nice set... The place seems to be beautiful. The first one is my favourite.
Did they allow you to use your camera during prayer time?
Wonderful series. The first shot, of the shoes, speaks volumes - shoes from all walks of life: slippers, half-laced runners, dress shoes, and old dress shoes with stepped-on heels. The lighting is lovely(!), and the texture in the shot provided by the cement wall, and the context with a bit of the bench visible, all combine to make a simple tableau that's very appealing. Well spotted!
The detail in the next two shots is great, considering the low lighting conditions. I like how you framed the curve of the lamp rack at the bottom of the third shot. And the fourth shot is another nice tableau, of the praying man in the shadows, with the sunlight streaming through the door and touching the wall and carpet. Lots of nice lines in that one.
Really like #4, great job on all though!!
Thanks all for your replies.
Tourists can go into Blue Mosque at any time, a cordon blocks them from the praying area, but photos are being taken in that "public part" all the while and by everyone, though most were observant enough to NOT use their flashes. I didn't, either, of course. Seems like those who go to pray in Blue Mosque have successfully taught themselves to block out all of which goes on around them while they pray, and to really focus on prayer only. That one person had withdrawn to the area at the window (to the far right outside the frame of Photo 2 here) and was totally undisturbed by the masses of tourists passing by the window next to him, too, who all had to take off their shoes right outside that window (like we had to do, too), put them in little plastic bags, and carry them along into the mosque (the tourists did that). If those busy ongoings could not disturb him, the silent click of my camera from about 30ft away (and yes, I was that far away from him) sure had not disturbed him, either.
A beautiful collection of images.
I was in this same Mosque. We took a trip to Istanbul in high school. The photos bring me back to the good old times. Thanks for that! They are great.
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