Daily Banana – Beyond Galata Bridge

My favorite thing about Istanbul is the mix of old and new styles. No matter where you look, there’s a fantastic mix of architectural styles that almost creates a juxtaposed effect.

This effect is really evident when looking towards Yeni Cami Mosque from Galata Bridge. The Yeni Cami Mosque is ironically nicknamed “The New Mosque,” though it’s much older than any building in North America. It looks oddly out of place when viewed next to the neon low glow of Galata Bridge.

Yeni Cami Mosque from Galata Bridge

Banana Breakdown – Before and After

If you take a look at the before image, you’ll notice that there are dozens of fisherman casting lines over the edge of the bridge. This made me really nervous because it was really windy. A couple of them almost nailed me in the head with their hooks. I got my revenge by painting them out of the final photo! Take that!

The final result was achieved by blending a few exposures together by hand. — This is just a fancy way of saying that I didn’t use Photomatix. — Instead, I masked in 1 exposure for the water, 1 for the foreground, and another for the sky. It’s a really simple way of mixing the exposure values across different areas of the image without any heavy masking.

If anyone has any questions, just let me know.

(move the slider to compare before and after)

Yeni Cami Mosque from Galata Bridge