New Mosque (Yeni Cami), Istanbul, Turkey

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Taken the 07/08/09
Inner courtyard of the Yeni Cami (=New Mosque). It's friday afternoon and many people are just leaving the mosque after praying. Others are preparing themselves for praying. An important preparation is to wash yourself according to certain rules. To be able to do that, each mosque has a place to do so. Bigger mosques, like the Yeni Cami, with an inner courtyard have a special fountain called "sadirvan".
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Latitude: 41° 1' 1" N, Longitude: 28° 58' 18" E see »

Location: Turkey

Comments on panorama:

When you go to a place like this you can find a certain atmosphere. This is something you feel after walking a little bit around and watching the people. Here were not only the people who came out of the mosque or were on the way into it. There were children playing around, people sitting together for a talk and having fun. To catch that in a panorama I took many photographs for a composition. So what you can see here is a comprehension of 8 minutes. Some people might say "It's a fake!" But I think it gives a real impression of the place.
By Heiner Straesser | 21/01/11 - 06:37:59 GMT +0100
Hi Heiner! Nice panorama :)
Sure it's not a fake, i would rather call it a "condensed reality" :)  where a period of time is being condensed into one moment.
By Vil Muhametshin | 21/01/11 - 07:20:27 GMT +0100
Great! I'm sure youv'e catched the local atmosphere, so the effort paid well!
By Enrique Alvarez | 21/01/11 - 09:48:08 GMT +0100
Hi Vil,
thank you for the comment. Calling it "condensed reality" is really expressing what it is. But isn't that something we always do, when we shoot a panorama to stitch it together? I'm wondering how far can we go and still call it reality? Should we create a system with clear definitions like the nature-photographers? I hope for some ideas and comments from other photographers.
By Heiner Straesser | 21/01/11 - 12:12:46 GMT +0100

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