Friday, November 13, 2009

A Musical Adventure in Asia


On our 8th day in Istanbul Ross and I cast ourselves from the "comfort" of the Paradise hotel and onto the streets of Istanbul in search of our next adventure. Wandering into a coffee shop with wireless we set our gear down and went about researching our next move. Greece seemed to be calling. But leaving Istanbul without crossing over to Asia sounded foolish.

Something you should know about Ross, is that you want to know him. And so do a lot of other people. He made more friends in a week in Istanbul, than most people make in an entire year. That's how we ended up on the Asian side of Istanbul, with some of the most kind hearted and generous people we have met thus far.

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(above) According to our hosts "Istanbul = Vapur (classical boat) + Simit (Sesames) + Marti (a kind of bird) throw "simit" from "vapurs" to "martis"

(below) Turkish coffee, and fortune telling. 



  1. Hey Brother - Autumn spent the night with us last night, missed you and talked about you a lot. Anna and her are going to hang out Saturday night I think...

  2. LOVE the video! Nice work my friend!

  3. hey forest. great stuff you have coming out. that is just super. i'm curious as to what lens you are shooting with mostly. seems you have a couple? 16-35 and like a 24-105? just wondering. keep 'em coming....

  4. Thanks fellas!

    @Tom Just before I left the States I sold my 24-70 and bought a fixed 50mm 1.4 and the 24mm tilt-shift. Unfortunately the 50mm wasn't one of the more sturdy L-series and it took a little fall that ended it's career - shortly after shooting the video above. A shame really because the extra two stops of light at 1.4 made a big difference (eg. shooting at ISO 400 vs 1600) and the shallow DOF was beautiful. In any case, now I'm down to the 16-35mm 2.8, the Tilt-shift and the 70-200 IS 2.8.

  5. These photos really make me want to go back to Turkey....thanks for sharing!

  6. That's too bad about the 50 taking a fall. My condolences to the family of the lens. But that tilt shift has to be tons of fun. andio (that's one of my greek words)...