Friday, December 30, 2011

Taksim Trolley

There is an amazing photo in the lobby of my hotel in Istanbul of the Taksim Trolley - I've even attempted to talk them into giving it to me (only half jokingly.) The photo appears to have been taken on a quiet morning with just a hint of fog, every time I walk past it, I feel myself stopping and wondering about the photographer and the mood he/she was in that day. My first glimpse of the trolley happened on a Saturday evening outing to Taksim. By the time we crossed paths with the trolley it was already dark - which made capturing a photo of something moving that much more difficult.

Trolly 2
Every time it passed by I started snapping - at one point I think I stood on the middle of the tracks in a modified version of chicken trying to get a clear shot. I'm nowhere near capturing the mood and beauty of the photo in my hotel - which just gives me an excuse to keep trying.

Do you have a subject or photo you keep going back to in an attempt to make the result match your vision?

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's this weekend. I'm looking forward to greeting the new year a few hours earlier this year - and discovering how it is celebrated in Istanbul.

I have to share a new discovery to my every growing list of bearded singer/songwriters, Robin Pecknold, here's his: "I'm Losing Myself."
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Dorian Susan said...

Hey Jamie....I would love to see that photo you describe, but I like your versions. I love trains-and want to "catch" them as they speed by.
I get the wanting to capture something. There are places I go to several time before coming back with a shot that pleases.
Enjoy New Years in Istanbul. Sure to be exciting. Hope that's not a place they shoot guns in the air. If so-be careful.

Dagmar said...

Hi Jamie...looks like you will have lots of fun trying to capture your version of that shot..the one you took looks pretty amazing..
Happy New Year Wishes...

Diana Joy said...

I'm still learning that 'life in action' is, while maybe not perfect, more realistic and in tune with my daily life. I keep trying to get a 'perfect' posed picture of my granddaughter, but she is a ball of action and doesn't like to see a flash. In the meantime I have gotten so many life like, fantastic, pictures of her 'as is'...

Your moving train is just perfectly that.

Happy New Year Jamie.

Carolyn Phillips said...

Oh I know what you mean, there are times I have despaired at getting the shot I can 'see' in my head!

Those two may not be what you wanted, but they are both very evocative, and the first one esp is great.

Cindy said...

i love the trolley and think you will have a lot of fun with it. all times of day, weather. i have a hard time with street photography of people, so that is something i try again and again.

wishing you a very happy new year, jamie!

Angie Willis said...

Great photos Jamie. I love the red - so bright and my favourite colour which means I'm really drawn to them. Like the shutter treatment too.
Happy New Year!

Christianna said...

Your pictures might not be what you were wanting, but I think they are darling! And so is that little trolley!

Happy New Years!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I love the movement of this ... and am glad you didn't get run over. Hope you have a blessed new year.

Joanne said...

beautiful shots!

tinajo said...

Great pics - love the city feeling in them! Happy New Year! :-)

Indie.Tea said...

I haven't tried going back to get a certain shot...I guess because I mostly shoot food, and once its eaten its gone.
Happy New Year to you!

lisa said...

Jamie, both of these are fantastic shots!!
So nicely done.
Happy New Year's to you!!

justine said...

fantastic motion shots! wishing you a very happy 2012!

Stampmouse said...

Haha. Good luck convincing them to give it to you. Or getting your own capture. Bofvthevthings we do for our photography haha

bicocacolors said...

Happy New Year Jamie!!!✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫ ✫
and that all your dreams become reality!

a big hug,

knitalatte said...

Happy New Year Jamie....
Love your photo of the trolley, such a cute trolly!
Thank your for lettings us glimpse at the magic and wonder of your adventures via this blog. Wishing you much Joy in 2012.

Gilding Lilies said...

Happy New Year Jamie!

Cat said...

That photo sounds just lovely ... I wish I could see it! Though, I have to say that I love your trolley captures ... there is something about the blurry motion that really is magical! Happy New Years!

xx Cat

ps. I have always secretly loved trolleys ... I think it is because they seem to have come from another (less complicated) era :)

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

So cool! I think your "attempts" turned out just great. Please don't hurt yourself getting the perfect shot!
Cheers, Jamie. Hope you have a great 2012!

Kristen said...

Great photos! I have always wanted to do a sunrise mountain shot with fog surrounding the mountains but leaving the tips clear.. I saw it in a gallery, and told myself one day I will get a shot like that.
I was leaving an airport in PA, and what did I see.. the sun rising, fog, and mountains.. where the hell was my camera, at home in SC.. hopefully that chance will come along this year!
Happy New Year!

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