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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is dotted with over 2000 mosques and chances are that you would spot a minaret wherever you look. It is also the only city that lies in two continents and has a sea runnning through the city. The entire historic area of Istanbul is a World Heritage Site. Grand Roman and Ottoman monuments stand majestically amidst modern structures. Every street corner boasts of some historic monument.

The blue hour is the period of twilight during dawn each morning and dusk each evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. This is one of my favorite times to photograph architecture. In Turkey blue takes on a whole new effect as the blue envelops the interiors of most of the structures. Blue tiles are famous in Istabbul.

We waited for the skies to turn just the right blue and I found a spot on the pool in front of the Blue Mosque and this shot was made.


From Istanbul, Turkey