Friday, November 28, 2008

Aya Sophia Lights



Taken at the Aya Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul.

Playing with my new 50mm prime lens. As you'd expect it was very limited light in the interior of the building.

I was drawn to the curlicue lights, the bulbs and that not all were working. Again, I liked the very tight depth of field from the prime lens.

I don't mind the slight lens flare...

What do you think?

f/1.6 1/80sec ISO200

5 comments:

Colin said...

I find the lens flare distracting. I also think the DOF is too tight in this case.

Do you have any other pictures? I understand that it's a spectacular building.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I agree with Colin regarding the DOF which is too tight. But I like the foreground which looks like thousands of windows. And the use of a short lens (50mm) was a good choice (it makes the lights so far from the walls).

Your lens goes 1.6 !!! this is so cool!!! I wish I had one like this...

Sebastien Mamy said...

Hi,

I agree with Colin regarding the DOF which is too tight. But I like the foreground which looks like thousands of windows. And the use of a short lens (50mm) was a good choice (it makes the lights so far from the walls).

Your lens goes 1.6 !!! this is so cool!!! I wish I had one like this...

Damian Lidgard said...

I also have a 1:4 50mm lens and love it. I use it a lot actually. Not so sure about this photo. Although some of the lamps are in sharp focus the metal appears to be out of focus or at least appears that way and that is distracting to me. Also, a tad too dark. But the composition is growing on me, especially the windows in the background. If the foreground was a tad brighter and sharper and perhaps if it was cropped a little from the left it might be better? The lamps that are not lit should be more of a focus so perhaps the crop might do that?

Damian

Anonymous said...

I personally like the focal point, and the tight DOF. It's shame that the ones in focus are the ones that don't work - that's the wrong way round for me. Also agree it's a tad dark - would like to see the golden/yellow of the light stand out a bit more, although it's better viewed large.

I like the view of the singer, but don't like the back of the head view of the main figure - he's the least interesting, yet he's in the foreground, in focus, and you can't see his face! All the wrong way round for me..sorry. For example, you don't know he's the drummer, which is a shame - he could be a crowd member. Even the guitarist is chopped off, can't see the hands. Maybe I'm more traditional in what I want to see in street portraits.

Ivan