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Aya Sofya Roof

Aya Sofya Roof
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-08
Camera: Nikon D 90
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/8 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-06 0:11
Viewed: 1976
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The domed roof of the Aya Sophya in Istanbul makes an interesting abstract photo. From Wikipedia

Hagia Sophia (/ˈhɑːɪə soʊˈfiːə/; from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία [aˈʝia soˈfia], "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,[1] except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935."

Flash and tripods are forbidden within this former Byzantine Church, converted to a Mosque (it is still used as a mosque on occasion) and now a Museum popular with tourists. This 2nd floor view can be reached by a spiralling ramp in the south east corner of Aya Sophya. The missing fragments on the ceiling are probably due to earthquakes over the many centuries this building has been standing.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-03-06 0:51]

Hi Chris.

It amazes still the though of the construction problems and man hours used to produce architecture such as this.
I love the detail they add.

stv ;o))

I like the unusual approach in bringing some amazing details of the roof with such lovely artwork carved on it, Chris!

The sharpness and POV are excellent, and colors are natural.
Good control on light and exposure.
Nice work!

Kind regards,

Hi Chris,

Nice shot. Very well exposed, contrasted. Well done.

Good luck,


Bom dia Chris,
You ran away from conventionality in capturing monumental vaults.
Your POV is unique and very well done.
Superb image.

Hi Chris,a very interesting PoV taking in this beautiful domed ceiling.
The windows bringing natural light into the building.
Once again you have succeeded with a good picture with no flash.All the detail is in sharp focus.
Interesting note, thanks.
Regards Jean.

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  • niraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 3 N: 96] (2076)
  • [2013-03-06 8:52]

Nice composition. I like it.

I've heard (or have read it history books) of this famous but never seen photographs of the inside, thanks. So ornate and intricate design. Nicely captured with good lighting considering you are using only available light. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • sephus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 0 N: 96] (4261)
  • [2013-03-06 10:11]

Good posting, here, Chris.
Good sharpness and colours.
What works for me, is the two halve circles.
Very impressive.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2013-03-06 11:08]

Fascinating structure of this mosque, you have shown this beautiful decoration of the dome, well done

Ciao Chris, great POV on fantastic dome, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2013-03-07 6:47]


avec ces ouverture et petite fenÍtre quel effet cette forme en demi rond et ces dessin sur ce plafond une splendeur grandiose compo.
Bravo et amitiť


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2013-03-08 14:52]

Hello Chris :)

The splendid fragment vault of the building , he looks in natural colours and this light wonderfully.
Perfect realization and superb effect...I congratulate!

Best wishes.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2013-03-09 13:01]

Hi Chris,
A great capture, especially without flash and tripod. remind me of the great cathedrals in Italy and Spain that I have visited.
Lovely muted color, a great angle that you shot this one from.


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