I recently got back from 3 weeks worth of travel in Europe (mostly conferences) . The schedule was quite crazy:
New York ✈ Viena ✈ Graz ✈ Viena ✈ Barcelona ✈ Tallinn ✈ Amsterdam ✈ Tallinn ✈ Istanbul ✈ New York.
I will write and post photographs from the cities and events I visited, but this time I kind of started backwards with my last stay in Istanbul.
I have never been to Turkey nor to Istanbul and I have to say I was extremely impressed with the city and atmosphere in there. I really did not expect Istanbul to be so so amazing and beautiful. I landed in Sabiha Gökçen airport which is pretty far away from the city on the Asian side and had a long cab ride to the center. There was really something magical when I was crossing the bridge from Asia to Europe, the whole concept of it, and the view to the city was just amazing. I was so stunned that I forgot about my camera and was just staring into a window.
Unfortunately I did not have a lot of time there and managed to see very little. But it is definitely the place I will go back and spend there proper amount of time.
During my entire trip I was mostly shooting with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens (on Canon 5D Mark III), photos in Istanbul are all made with 50mm f/1.4. I said to many people if you don't know which lens to get first, buy 50mm f/1.4 (or f/1.2 if you can afford it). The image quality and the "mood" is so much better than the other lenses I have and use and in this case better than 24-70mm.