The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici) in Istanbul

Photograph of the interior of the Basilica Cistern in IstanbulMy first post from Istanbul featured a detail from this impressive structure, today it’s the main hall of the Basilica Cistern. It’s hard to imagine that hundreds and hundreds of years ago, this was all full of water. Today, there is only a tiny bit of water towards the main entrance (which is to the right of this photo) but enough that there are some fish which you can see on the lower right corner of the photo.

It was slightly difficult to find the entrance to the Basilica, and for those of you that may go and visit, head towards where the tram lines curve back, and you are pretty much there. This turned out to be one of my favorite places that we visited. It was on the list to see, but I hadn’t given it much thought. Once inside however, I couldn’t help but just feel excited for being in this place.

This photograph was made using my trusty GorillaPod anchored and twisted into the hand rail. There were lots of people around, and shaking the handrail/guard, so it took a few tries before I got something sharp. In all though, I’m very glad I took the GorillaPod with me.

As for processing, I left the white balance as it came out of the camera. It is pretty orange/red down there and I think the camera did a good job with it. I added a bit of clarity (about +25) in Lightroom 4, and used the lens correction. In Photoshop, I skewed it a bit to align the far left columns and then it was series of curves adjustment layers to handle the water, the ceiling and the overall contrast.

Hope you like it, more to come.