After visiting Alexandria, Egypt twice we had to stop going there because civil war broke out and it wasn't safe there anymore. Bad luck for all who climbed aboard in an effort to see the famous Egyptian pyramids. I was one of the lucky people cheering in the staff mess for cancelling Alexandria. One of the reasons was that I got a food poisoning (at an Egyptian mall) and another reason was that Egypt smells like the devil's dirty socks. Just for the record, don't get on a public transportation bus unless you're a local. Anyway, let's get back to Istanbul before I get another food poisoning just by writing about Egypt.
Instead of an overnight at Alexandria the ship changed route and we got to spend 2 nights in Istanbul. The first time we got there it was rainy and a little cold. Well, what can you do about the weather. Having the afternoon off I grabbed my camera and started walking around the city.
|Istanbul is great for day and night time photography.|
|I think Istanbul is about the details.|
|Antique shop close to Taksim square.|
Anyway, here's my advice for when you and take photos in Istanbul:
1. It's a huge place so make sure you have all the sites on the map and everything planned
2. Find time to wander during the day
3. Walk on Taksim square and follow the crowd. Step away and take a random small street - plenty of interesting finds for photographers there.
4. Istanbul is about details so get a decent wide aperture lens for making things pop using it properly.
5. Go to Kapalıçarşı - there's plenty of things to take photos of and don't mind the locals who'd try to lure you into their shops (it's just that kind of place - you can't get away without buying anything from there).
Another great location would be Malta and you can read about my photo experience there by a quick click here.
All the best,