If you'd like to get away from the exhaustion of the week's work load, capture natural shots of life, Balat is one of the districts with richest materials for photography... Balat will offer you way more than you want.
The most distinctive features of this special district are its preserving its historical fabric, and keeping the neighborhood culture alive right in the middle of a metropolitan city. In this neighborhood having hosted people from various ethnic backgrounds, you may feel like you're traveling in time with your camera. Here are a few suggestions from photographer Uygar Taylan...
1-You can start your walk from Ayvansaray direction, cross the alleys in the region of the old Galata bridge and get on Mahkeme Altı Street.
2- Especially if you took the photography tour in the weekend, you may take interesting photos at the marketplace while walking along Mahkeme Altı Street that links Ayvansaray to Balat.
3- Even though you won't have light problems at all on alleys not receiving much sunlight, it'll be good to have lens hood with you.
4- You'll get better results in terms of light if you prefer early hours of the morning or afternoon instead of noon, when the sun is directly overhead, for taking photographs on streets.
5- Balat is a great treasure for photography lovers. Your camera should always be on the ready! Don't be surprised at what you'll encounter all of a sudden. First watch with your eyes, then point your camera. Let's start... Children playing on the street, sellers in the marketplace, historical buildings full of life experiences, all kinds of stray cats, laundry hung between windows, steep hills paved with cobblestones, the view of Istanbul gleaming between streets as you go up the hill, mosques, churches, synagogues and last but not least, Fener Greek High School...
6- Fener Greek High School with its majestic architecture is just like the castle of Balat at the top of Sancaktar Slope. While taking photographs in Balat, you can literally feel the taste of real Istanbul, which has been vandalized by skyscrapers and unaesthetic shopping centers. By the way, you need to use a wide-angle lens for majestic buildings like Fener Greek High School and also scenery photographs. But don't forget to take a telephoto lens so as not to disturb the inhabitants of Balat and capture natural shots from life.
7- In this district of the Historical Peninsula “offering a different photograph in every corner”, after mingling with the inhabitants of the neighborhood and taking a sip of the tea offered by a hospitable craftsman, you may realize that your memory card is full. So you'd better take a spare memory card with you. Good luck...
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