Jul 162012

Hagia Sophia 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 the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, 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. The photo below is a good example of this place history, arabic writting on both side, one translates “Mohammed” peace be upon and the Other translates to “Allah” while Mary is in the middle


Being its indoor photography and tripod is not allowed. I had to depend solely on the Leica M9 ISO capabilities. To minimize the ISO as much as possible I had to shoot in the lens lowest Aperture Value. And because it was indoor I needed a wide lens. So the obvious choice was the Zeiss 21mm, 2.8 Aperture. And I was happy with the results. I ended up with ISO of 1000 and shutter of 1/45 and aperture of 2.8. Finalized the photo with Lightroom software for a quick touchups and here is the results. Hope you like it




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