The Blue Mosque in early-morning light
I've just returned from two one-week photography workshops, with Great Escape Publishing, in Istanbul. As an Istanbul resident, I was their "woman on the ground" to help them negotiate this amazing city.
The Hagia Sophia in early-morning light
After an hour's work, we enjoyed our well-earned breakfast before our next shoot at the Topkapi Palace. The palace opens at 09:00, so we made sure we were early, in order to get ahead of the hordes of other tourists.
Once inside, we headed straight for the Harem, while other early birds headed in the opposite direction. This ensured that we had the Harem to ourselves for our shoot. We were then free to wander around the rest of this huge complex looking for suitable subjects for today's assignment, as follows:
1. An image with subject centred, and another of the same subject off centre.
A detail of the mother-of-pearl decorated doors in the Harem, with the lock centred
The same door with the lock off-centre
A pottery urn with distracting people in the background
The same urn with a clean background
3 An image that shows the subject as part of the scene, and one where the subject is the focus.
A subject as part of a scene
focus on my subject
Our final task for the day, before falling exhausted into bed, was a twilight photo shoot from the hotel roof, to capture the Aya Sofya, and Blue Mosque "lit up against an evening sky".
The Blue Mosque at dusk
The Hagia Sophia at dusk
By Elizabeth Coughlan