Photographer, Lisa Bettany is setting off on an around the world with just an iPhone to capture photos for her first travel photography book. Inspired by the freedom and creativity of iPhoneography, Lisa is leaving her expensive professional camera gear at home for the adventure of a lifetime.

photos from Turkey

Beautiful Mosque ceiling

February 13, 2012

pigeons!

February 13, 2012

Vendors were selling bird seed outside a local mosque. Kids buy the bird seed and bring hundreds of pigeons flocking to them. The pigeons are quite content until a feisty lil rugrat decides that trying to kick a pigeon is much more fun than feeding one. :|

February 13, 2012

texture

February 13, 2012
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

market

February 13, 2012

Heading to the Great Bazaar

February 13, 2012

outside hagia

February 13, 2012

Quite shocking to see snow on the ground in Istanbul. Definitely picked the worst timing to visit Europe this year!

light & dark

February 13, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sofia

February 13, 2012

When I was 19, I backpacked through Turkey for a month. One of the highlights of my journey was seeing Hagia Sophia. At the time, I was studying art history in university, so I knew all the stories of this mysterious, ancient place. The last time I was there, I remember feeling quite moved by being there. It wasn’t nearly the tourist attraction back then, so I was able to roam freely and enjoy my experience

This time, I came as a photographer on a mission and a time crunch. I had exactly 30 minutes to get great shots. Hagia Sofia was teeming with tourists. Every single person wanted a self shot of them in front of every mosaic, beam, doorway, lightbulb in the place. I saw one woman taking a picture in front of the exit sign. I get that everyone needs their “I’ve been some place cool” photo for the Facebooks, but you need to get that racket moving quickly. People take aaaages monopolizing the best spots. Arg. This is why I generally avoid touristy places, but in this case, it’s Hagia Sofia, so I’ve just gotta dig deep and avoid giving too many photo hogs the “stink-eye”.

February 13, 2012

window light patterns

February 13, 2012

up to 2nd level of hagia sofia

February 12, 2012
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Clarity saves the day on this shot. It was almost totally black before.

Blue Mosque sunset

February 12, 2012

colours

February 12, 2012
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

kid <3 cat

February 12, 2012

Blue Mosque ceiling

February 12, 2012

Used the Olloclip fish-eye lens for this shot. The Olloclip can make photos look a bit blurry so I added some sharpening to make it a bit crisper.

blue mosque through the trees

February 12, 2012
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

pigeons!

February 12, 2012

Basilica Cistern

February 12, 2012

This was an extremely difficult shot with an iPhone. There was almost no light down in this dank cistern. Even with my 5DMKII, I would have had to either shoot a really long exposure on a tripod or increase my ISO to 6400.

I propped the iPhone on a ledge and used the stabilizer mode to take the shot. I only took a few shots, giving up after my first few attempts because I thought that the shot wouldn’t come out at all. When I got back to my hotel room, I was really surprised that the iPhone shot turned out quite decent. Go 4S Go!

colours

February 12, 2012
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

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