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Güzel Türküye

Güzel Türküye
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f: 4-5,6 IS USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 11:49
Viewed: 4694
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Points: 146
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not AYA SOFIA, it is the :

**Blue Mosque(Sultanahmet Camii**
Güzel Türküye
Treklens ..sayin arkadaslari Istanbul / Türküye
Mayista 5, *Jens* (Danimarkan) ver ben John Istanbul doyiiz adres :
Cruise Ship Norwegian Jade > Karakoy Pier of Salipazari

Sizinle gorusmek isteriz 5 Mayis aksami saat 9''civarinola ve ben 12'' tane fotograf brakacagim 'Workshop' a bir cafetaryanin Terasi ismini bilmiyorom
(ok..Cafe Milano !!!)

Bu bir supriz Jens Için (haberi yok)

çok tesekkürler ve gorusmek umidiyke 5 Mayista :
Sevgiler ve selamlar ..

Ingilizce bilmiyormusunuz ?
onemli degil! ben de Turkce bilmiyorum! *_*


The above part was info in Turkish for our TL friends
in Istanbul about the Cruise ship trip TL member *Jens* and I are going to make from May 5 till May 19
(Of course with our Ladies too, and some friends)

We start in Istanbul to end .. via Izmir - Athens - Dubrovnik - Venice - Naples - Rome in Barcelona

2\ Today I reached 35 000 points .. I don't know if I am the first to reach that score.. not all that important ! but it made me realize how fast time goes.

I am for myself, close to a turning point.. crossing the 35 000 border means slowing down.

I am sure more active TL members will cross the 30 000 line .. the 35 000 line ..40 000.. where is the line to draw..thats for us all a different issue..

Have plans to go, with a few good friends, in another direction, and turning photo skill into $$$ /Euro's
thats all I can say now .. More in due time .

Do I stop/ quit?

Oh no !! With its little ups and downs TrekLens is a fantastic place and I got to know many many wonderful persons / good friends, who where able to show me the good and useful parts of our common hobby: Photography.


After a VERY intensive period of thinking ..
I had to make a choice between 2 camera's :
5D and 40D .. and oh boy it was hard :-)

even spoke with a few close friends over the phone:
Jens-Vandana-Yan Hay*photograph2u*- Don 'Wallie' -
today with Constantinous *Cstatoulis* (Con is in the same position as I am.. IN DOUBT ^_^

I bought the 40D .. like to know why ?
Step one:

My upgrade from 30 D to 40D .. well there are a few useful reasons
With 40D all is compatible from one to other. All my lenses, also the Sigma's

Battery pack ( have 3 large Canon ones ..and the 30D grip fits under 40D camera

Life view .. 2 mill pixels more ..quite some 'inside changes' and it has this automatic 'sensor cleaner'
Large(r) screen on back and a nice price for me at: www.kamera-express.nl ..i.e. 888 Euro plus 150 E cash back


But.. but... and now I might change to a nasty little fellow..

5D is almost not among us anymore ..even how GOOD it is .. and it is a DARN good Camera !!!!!!!!!!!
Whatever we say .. words of praise..proven quality ..dear friends it IS the camera of yesterday!
But again, a VERY good camera..now.. if I see that I can have for 50% of the cost
not the 5 star 5D but the 4 star 40D camera.. with its latest technology ... see my point??
Who knows .. when the upgrade comes on the market for the 5D .. price may drop down further .. lets see and wait

Thanks for the visit and have a grand weekend Folks
John T


"The true test in life does not occur when all is going well.
The true test takes place when we are faced with challenges."

Catherine Pulsifer,


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-04-26 11:56]

The true test in life does not occur when all is going well.
The true test takes place when we are faced with challenges."

Catherine Pulsifer,

SO TRUE!!! I wish you all the very best with your new venture. A very interesting architecture beauty today. Very well done. TFS

Hi John,
Van je geloof gevallen? Hahahahaha..
Excellent capture of this impressive mosque, a fine tribute to our Turkish friends, they deserve it at fine TL members.
The compositon of immage is perfect, I'm a bit doubting about the sharpness and brithness (appears a bit OE in the clouds). Overall a geat JT image.
Wish you a fine trip John, together with Yolanda, Jens and his wife!

Hi John,

What a wonderful capture of this famous mosque in Istambul, also excellent presented.
Congratulations for your 35000 points, an impressive archievment!

Have a nice evening my dear friend,

P.S. We are neighbours today. :-)

Lovely picture, and nice frame. Well done!

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  • lion Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 549 W: 64 N: 24] (5600)
  • [2008-04-26 12:31]

wow, this is so beautiful view, very, very lovley image.

Merhaba John,
Hearty congratulations for your 35000 points..
What a great architectural view.TFS.
Best regards,


PS :This is a mosque Blue Mosque(Sultanahmet Camii) not Aya Sofia..

İngilizce bilmiyorum.Umarım bu satırları anlar veya anlatan birini bulursunuz.Türkiye'ye gelişinizden dolayı mutluluyum.Bulunduğum şehir Erzurum ve İstanbul'a çok uzak.(1250 Km).
Sizlerle tanışmayı çok isterdim.Gelemeyeceğim için çok üzgünüm.
Selam ve sevgiler


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-04-26 12:50]

Hi John,
This is a beautiful architectural photo. Excellent rendered of colors considering that you took it against the light!

Well,congratulations for your new camera and your projects. After 35 000 green smileys, you can make a lot of green bank-notes with your photos!
(For french canadian people $ = billets verts") :)

Bravo and have a good time! Annie

Hi John,

Enjoy your trip to Turkey, Istanbul is a great place with plenty of photo opportunities. And this is a great capture of the Blue mosque (Aya Sofia was probably behind you when you took the shot) without the tourists and buses that most of my shots of this mosque include. The sky looks a little over processed though.


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  • sbilgi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 316 W: 50 N: 29] (5158)
  • [2008-04-26 13:10]

Merhaba John,
First,congratulations for 35000+ point.
Second,thanks so much for your photo's title "Güzel Türküye 'Türkiye'".
Finally,i hope,you and Jens meet to Izmir,May 7th.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-04-26 13:31]

Beautiful shot...

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-04-26 14:00]

Hello John...
Fantastic mark of 35.000 points for a real fantastic shots
and excellent picture including this one, which is excellent...
Wonderful post to commemorate!
Well done my friend...
Regards, George

Merhaba John,
Bu güzel postcard için ve Türkiye sevginiz için
teşekkürler. Bizlerde John'u çok seviyoruz.
İstanbul'da güzel günler geçirmenizi dilerim.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-04-26 14:05]

I understand where you are coming with the camera purchase. I went through the same "emotion" but with Nikon. I am very happy with my choice. When will we see the first image from the 40D?
Like the way the turrets break up the sky and the greenery breaks up the gray stone.
Congratulations on the 35,000 milestone, WOW!

Hello Johnny,
Very nice pov to capture this famous place friend.
Lovely details and composition.
Congratulations with 40D.
Have a wonderful and safe trip.

Congratulations John, there's certainly no crime in enjoying points, they keep egos healthy and relationships strong in TL. So does 35,000 make you the wealthiest member now?

Nice shot, interesting view - I guess it would be interesting to see it a little sharper and I'm not sure what the dark smudge or the blurred edge is about with your frame (bottom left) but they're minor details. This shot leaped out from the thumbnail and begged to be seen!


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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-04-26 20:10]

Great shot, wonderful structure with excellent composition. Well done.

Hello John!
very well captured and composed! great framing too!

Ollie DLC

big congratulation for your 35.000 points.. and for all the support you give to this site!! thanks
excellent sight.. colours and pov are wonderful!! really intriguing!! bravo
ciao Marco

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-04-27 0:28]

Hi John,
I was glad when I saw your beautiful post and note. well come .I hope you have a nice days in Istanbul and İzmir with your friends.Congratulations for your 35000 points.Many thanks for your sharing.Many,many thanks again.Greetings from Ankara.Necla.:)later

Hi John, congratulations for 35.000 points and thanks for this splendid view of Aya Sofia with fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Good colour and light John and clear details. I know it is part of the mosque but I wonder what removeing the cables would have done ? Congratulations on the points,

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-04-27 2:02]

Hi John
I few days we will be there again.
Well done my friend.
Greetings and see you

Hallo John,
Ik wens jouw en je gezelschap een prettige en onvergetelijke reis!Maak veel foto's met je nieuwe camera,zodat wij mee kunnen genieten van jullie ervaringen als je de opnames op de site zet!
Groeten en een "Behouden Vaart".
(volgens mijn bescheiden mening is dit de Blauwe Moskee)
Maakt niet uit,de foto is mooi.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-04-27 3:03]

a use of grad grey filter maybe help with the sky of this wonderful place John


Hi John,
Wooowww.. Congratulations for your 35000 points.
Very beautiful title'' Güzel Türkiye''.
Excellent sharpness and beautiful presentation.
Well done my friend.TFS

Nou ja, de foto blijft even mooi ondanks de verkeerde naam.
Gefeliciteerd met alweer een punten record doorbroken.
Nou ja je koopt niets voor punten, maar het zegt wel iets over je toewijding! Dikke knuffel daarvoor!


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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-04-27 10:14]

Hello John
Lots of info in your notes..
1st congrats on crossing 35000! Your help and tips have been wonderful for me over the last year and 1/2.... (2 in Aug)

Hope you do not forget us little guys once you make it big!

Lovely post.. nice details on the building... the sky is very nice

Take care my friend


Merhaba Dear John,
Seni cok Seviyor ve Bekliyoruz:)
Cok Guzel Fotograf.Tebrikler:)
Istanbul waiting you for a great meeting :)
Istanbuldan Selamlar:)

Excellent sharpness and details.
Love the view.
And congratulations on the 35000+ points.
You deserve all of them

hi joghn, wow amazing looking building, looks like a longer focal length used which is nice,

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-04-27 22:24]

Mooi John
Aparte opname, maar je had met het uploaden niet gedronken toch :-) ?
Fijne tijd op de Cruise John, doe Jens de groeten
Je weet we zijn zelf ook weg (kids vakantie)

Hi John,
This is great,love the shot of this beautiful and famous mosque in the world..
I like you view angle here,adding some of the trees as a frame make this picture so special..and the flying bird make this is much nicer too..


Thanks for your kind words on my "MY ADOPTED SON"

Dear John, only two words:

Ciao, Antonella

Hello John,

Muy buena captura, perece una postal, mi mas sincera Enhorabuena por tus 35.000 points.



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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-04-28 4:41]

How beautiful this is John, and how many stunning images I have missed, for that I apologize. I will catch up as I can see wonderful thumbnails, that I want to spend time with. Time is something I don’t have lots of right now. Suffice it to say this is perfect in colour, POV, detail and presentation. Excellent.
Warm Regards

Beautiful shot Johnny!! I am not quite ready to upgrade! Don't have that much available cash anymore as it costs a FORTUNE to drive to work now!...best I keep my pennies in my pocket for now! Wonderful details here and I say BRAVO for getting 35,000 points! A marvelous achievement!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-04-28 6:55]

Hi John
Thanks for all the info on the camera.
Also congrats on your 35,000. I wonder if I will live long enough to reach that, still its a goal.
The pic, beautiful against the sky even the sea gull joined in and with the flowers make it picture perfect.

What a beautiful pov! Lots of details and good color. Beautifully taken. TFS

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-04-28 13:58]
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Wat is die rare schaduw op het onderste frame, boven "aya Sofia", John? Een selectie in een bovenliggende layer die niet helemaal weggegumd was? Ook de 'stroke' rond de foto is niet helemaal zuiver.
Qua kleur vind ik deze heel goed, qua scherpte kon ie beter. Niet dat hij onscherp is hoor, maar ik verwachtte meer details in het gebouw te kunnen zien. Het PoV was evenmin optimaal, de twee torens aan de rechterkant lijken nu een beetje te versmelten.
Mmm... samenvattend: voor mij is dit niet een van je beste. (Maar wie ben ik om dat te zeggen)
Succes met je nieuwe camera, en met je nieuwe uitdaging. We horen het wel ;o)

So clear with beautiful colors and wonderful pov.
Very nice and beautiful.


hello John
interesting shot
wonderful colours
beautiful composition
great architecture.

manuj mehta

Hello John
A wonderful snap. The sky has been captured perfectly with its bright hues.
Superb POV
Great simply great

Hello John!
Nice presentation of the Blue Mosque, having the "turquoise" sky above! :)
You can hardly wait for that cruise, can you! I hope you'll have good weather and a great time!
Last but not least, CONGRATS ON CROSSING THE 30000 LIMIT!!! You certainly deserve those points and many, many more, 'cause you've been a great friend to the TL-ers, always giving some good and helpful advice and your work speaks for itself! I wish you 1000000!
All the best, dear John!
(**) ;)

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-04-30 2:29]

Hallo John
Dit is een van de betere ansichtkaarten.
Gr Jos

Bom dia

Great composition. You have captured the beauty of the place: congratulations. Lovely.

have a good WE

My regards


Congratulations cher frere for the milestone, this is quite an achievment and it shows how dedicated and very active on TL you are.

And this is a great picture to celebrate it!

Love the way you captured it in this angle and this pov. And the fg brings nice delicate details to the architecture and to the comp.

I was wondering what was the line above the mosque but David answered for me.

And I like very much in the ws the images, I see that red (my fav colour by the way, is also their favourite colour).

Also, congratulations with your new camera and I wish you lots of fun and satisfactions. I hope next time you will by a full frame because this is the way to go if you want to sell your pictures :) So if you buy lenses, make sure that they will be able to go on a full frame ;)

Take care and have a safe cruise.

Soeur :)

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-05-01 12:32]

Hoi John
Laat ik nou toch gedacht hebben dat ik deze al gezien had.
Maar twee keer kan geen kwaad, toch ?
Nogmaals bedankt voor het lenen van de 30D ,
ik zal hem niet te vaak laten vallen :-)
We houden contact gozer ok?!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-05-02 7:05]

Dear John,
Doru demissin Guzel Turkiye. Turkiyeni cok ozledim.
Lovely picture and nice frame. Well done!

Hello John,
Very n ice shot, good composition and depth
of field, nice natural colors and good
contrast, excellent sharpness, good depth
of field and good lighting, beautfiul

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2008-05-02 11:36]

Hello John, this is really a wonderful picture, excellently composed.
Regards Rose

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-05-05 0:39]

Moet ik daar nog een puntje aan toevoegen?

Interesting photo - the title mix-up is forgivable: I looked up both, and they seem very similar at first glance (exterior). Difference would be the Hagia Sophia was originally a Byzantine Christian Church, and to this day a marvel in architecture (largest dome)that set the benchmark for other architects to follow (as in this example).

Hi John,

Lovely image . . How can I missed some of you pictures . .
This should be a post card of Instanbul . .
Beautiful composition . .
It shows different perspective of mosque by showing some flowers at FG . .
Great shot my friend


Hello John;
Thank you for your nice photo which has perfect point of view and assistant right introduction of my country, congratulations. Regards,


wow, a very sharp, saturated, detailed and well composed image of the blue mosque, simply stunning photo Jhon.Congratulations for reaching the 35000 mark, you deserve it, enjoy shooting always, a good photographer doesn't rely always on high end cameras, you had the right choice my friend,Good luck!
thanks for your helpful tip on sigma 18-200 os lens.

Hello John,
One of the more famous photo subjects in Istanbul I guess!
Good point of view and a well balanced composition, I like inclusion of the greenery in front...
Pablo -

Love to see the "Divine Wisdom" from your portfolio, John. I sketched this wonder when I was in college. Very good POV and perspective here. I like the colors and saturation.
Bon Voyage!
Freddie :)

Hi John,
Lovely shot,
Beautiful building,
I like the sky at the back,
Great colours,

Hello JohnT,
Congrats on the points milestone, I fear I may never get that far as I've discovered too many hings that keep me from this computer lately. Lovely photo, beautiful blue sky, great pov, love the gull flying freely in the foreground. TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-18 8:39]

Hi John

Superb graphism & sharpness of the mosque, against the brighter sky. Good pov & colour. Tfs!

Hi John:
Looks like you are away on a trip again...
This is a remarkable architectural capture with all the ingredients and I love that distant bird:)
* PL :)

Selam arkadasim John;güzel bir türkiye tanitim resmi,eline saglik....

Hi John,
Beautiful photo,beautiful architecture.
Best regards,

Hi John,

Have a nice vacation, my Friend... And good luck to the new cam. Do and share as nice photos with us as this, if not better - because here, on this one the sky, being exact the white clouds got OE. A pity.

Also congrats for reaching the 35000 points border.

I lamentated a bit: add or not to add, but finally I add: by my opinion this is not Your best photo. I mean it's not a bad one, but comparing to really a lot of others from You, not an outstanding either. I think You uploaded it only for the occasion You'll soon travel to Turkey, and not really due to its quality. What I really don't like on it, as said above, is the OE.

I truly hope You catch my POV and we remain friends - and friends have to be honest with each others.

Best regards from Hungary, László

Wonderful shot dear John :) and great notes as always :)
warm regards

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-05-20 7:30]

Hi John
It doesn't really matter which of the two it is, as it is just beautiful. Your POV and sharpness together with your color range has produced a nice compo to look at

Beautiful picture. Nice texture.

Hallo John.
De spitsen staan mooi recht, kan ik nog wat van leren, haha
Alleen het blauw van de lucht had eigenlijk op de Moskee moeten zitten, toch ?
Groeten van Jan

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-05-22 2:58]

Hi John,
Sûrement un voyage mémorable!! Belle composition et capture ici. Digne d'une carte postale! :) Bonne journée et à bientôt mon ami

congrats on the upgrade john :)
always fun to hav a new camera to lay with :P

this is lovely, i think the building hav some interesting lines and shapes, it has good symetry...did u take closer shots of this place?


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-05-22 10:45]

Merhaba güzel arkadaş John...
Ben milas tayım, istanbul uzak, uzaklık bir tarafa işlerin tam yoğun zamanı, aslında bu davetide görmüş değildim, bu taraflarada bekleriz. bodrum, marmaris...
bu güzel kare için teşekkürler...selam ve saygılar...

hi JT,

wonderful shot of this beautiful Blue Mosque on your recent cruise :) well capture of this place.. i like the composition and detail.. even the sky and surrounding look so beautiful too. well done.

regards, terry

Perfect Work.


Hi John,
thousands of tourist have taken millions of shot of the blue mosq
but your is simply amazing
Excellent work dear friend

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