Basilica Cistern

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The Basilica Cistern lies underneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. It was constructed around the 3rd-4th centuries and supplied water to the Great Palace of Constantinople. It was restored and opened to the public in 1987. The water now is only a few feet deep and there are platforms all around on which one can walk (as you see in the distance in the photograph). The cistern is dimly lit and makes photographing it difficult. Tripods are also not allowed. To capture the ambiance of the cistern, I had to lie down with my face on the floor so I could peek through the viewfinder. What was suppose to be a quick shot turned into 30-40 min of my face on the floor. The stillness of the reflection in the water is peaceful and the vibrant orange color is great. The long perspective and people on the horizon with a hint of purple bring everything together.

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