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Ancient Arches and Reflections

Ancient Arches and Reflections

The Basillica Cistern is one of the places in Istanbul that I visited twice; that's how fun it was. After defending stairs into the Earth, visitors are faced with a scene of row after row of columns and arches, all bathed in a warm red light, and reflected in the mirror smooth surface of the water below. It's astonishing to think that such a structure could be built underground over 1,500 years ago. It's extremely hard to photography this cistern because it is so dark inside, and given its size a flash really won't help. The only solution is some kind of camera support and long exposures. I ended using a GorillaPod wrapped around a railing, and lots of long exposures. My hope was that I would get one or two exposures without people walking by and causing everything to vibrate; preserving paid off, and I was rewarded with a few useable frames.

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