Thira Monochromes – Akrotiri and Pyrgos

Thira (Santorini), Greece, 12 October 2018.

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Akrotiri.

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In Megalochori, on the back-street route to Pyrgos.

Pyrgos – Bell towers and doors

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All remaining images from Pyrgos.

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Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

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View over centre of the island from Pyrgos.

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Thira Monochromes – Emporio and Oia

Thira (Santorini), Greece, 10-11 October 2018.

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Oia.

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A musician busking on the headland before Red Beach.

Red Beach and Akrotiri Lighthouse

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Bell tower, tiny Church of St Nicholas.

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Akrotiri Lighthouse.

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Looking north-west from near the lighthouse.

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Looking up the south coast.

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Looking down from the caldera cliffs.

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Emporio.

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Monochromes from Athens

9 to 10 October 2018, Athens, Greece.

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The Acropolis from the Temple of Hephaistos.

Ancient Agora in Athens

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Looking down on the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Acropolis Now.

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The Temple of Athena Nike, looking up from the path to the Acropolis.

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The steps of the Propylaea.

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Inside the Propylaea.

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Looking back at the Propylaea.

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Approaching the Parthenon.

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The Caryatids, the Erechtheion.

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The Erechtheion.

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Parthenon detail.

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Parthenon relief.

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Front steps of the Parthenon.

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Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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The top of Mount Lycabettus.

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Church of Saint Marina at Thiselo.

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Church of the Holy Apostles.

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On the pathway down from the Acropolis.

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Roman Agora.

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Relief on the Horologion.

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Roman Agora and the Horologion.

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Inside the Horologion.

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The streets of Athens.

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The Stoa of Attalo and the Ancient Agora.

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Portrait head of a man, 2nd century AD.

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Under the dome of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

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Relief, Church of the Holy Apostles.

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The Temple of Hephaistos.

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The Propylaea in late afternoon light from the City of Athens.

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Part of a marble disk with female head in relief, perhaps Aphrodite. c. 460-450 BC.

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

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From Delos (“Palaestra of Granite”). Early 1st c. BC.

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Bronze helmet of illyrian type and gold funerary mask.  530-510 BC.

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Grave stele. End of the fifth century BC.

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Introduction to Infrared Photography

1982 to 2022, various locations.

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I’ve just finished posting on Istanbul/ Constantinople and next I will post on the Acropolis in Athens.  First, this post.

I have upgraded my IR camera and am selling the old one so one purpose of this post is to provide information to a buyer who may not well understand IR photography.  The IR explanation may be of general interest to photographers and others may just be interested in the images (there’s lots of text but also lots of images further down).

In ancient days of yore, decades ago, we had both colour and black & white infrared film.  Colour infrared film seems all but unavailable now whereas there are a few avenues for B&W IR film.

Normal photographic colour film has layers of red, green and blue.  Infrared light comes in below the red frequencies and ultraviolet is above blue, though ultraviolet is not relevant here.  Infrared colour film had layers of infrared, red and green, and missed out the blue.  Since infrared light is not visible, arbitrary colours were associated to the layers, so it was also called false-colour film.  You could also change the colour combinations by putting colour filters on the end of the lens.  This didn’t just add a colour caste but changed all the colours (since the infrared is invisible) and stacking filters changed all the colors in strange and mysterious ways.

Black and white infrared film was simply much more sensitive to infrared light.  It was also very sensitive to visible light and had to be loaded and unloaded from the camera in total darkness.   It was often grainy and could have an ethereal effect.

I never shot black & white infrared so I can’t show you any images of that but I did shoot colour IR.  I must have quite a few processed colour IR rolls in my film drawers but I’ve scanned hardy any of them but I can show you one example.

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Aboriginal Performance, Canberra, 1982.

This is a curious example.  I was shooting an Aboriginal performance when I ran out of regular fim so I continued with infrared.  Then, after I sent it to the lab to be processed, it came back with Sabattier Effect.  They must have left the inspection port open in the processing machine so that created a partial reversal of the shadows – resulting in a negative audience.  I had tried this myself several times but never got it to work as well as that.

Of course we now live in a digital age and we can take infrared images with digital cameras.  This is not entirely equivalent to colour IR film – you would actually need to combine digital regular and IR images for that, but it offers lots of scope for artistic effects and experiments and can also work particularly well for monochromes.

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St Kilda, 2013.

The cheapest way to take a digital IR image is to attach an R72 (or similar) filter to your cameras lens.  (This works for most cameras but some have too strong an infrared-blocking filter.)  This is how I took the above image and the next two.

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Jarlshof, Shetland, 2013.

The problem with using an R72 filter is that it is almost opaque so you need to use a tripod (or extremely high ISO) and if you’re using a DSLR, you will need to have the filter off to focus and compose.  A converted camera you can use hand held, just like a normal camera.

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Manvar Desert Camp, Rajastan, India, 2014.

This image is to some extent reminiscent of IR b&w film which could have heavy grain but it does not include the characteristic ethereal blurring of highlights.  I could have tried to replicate that with the Orton Effect in Photoshop but I have no interest in copying appearances from another era without a good reason.

Much more convenient than an R72 filter is an IR camera but it is more expensive as you have to send a camera off to get converted.   Mirrorless cameras are more suitable than DSLRs (unless you just plan to use live view) because focusing has a separate sensor to taking the image and they may get out of synch.

Most people use a custom camera white balance, usually taken off foliage.  Otherwise your captured image will start off different shades of a single colour.  There can also be different kinds of conversions.  A 720nm conversion gives you an image suitable for black and white with very little processing (perhaps even none, out of the camera).  A conversion with a lower number such as 560nm or 590nm has more colour in the image and is suitable for either colour or B&W IR but requires processing.

Not all lenses are suitable for infrared photography.  Many perform flawlessly but many have “hot spots”, a circle of diffusion and flare in the centre of the image.   Some lenses are also OK at wider apertures but have hot spots when stopped down.  There are a few guides to this online such as this one from Kolari or this one from Life Pixel, but you can also easily test your lenses yourself (with either an IR camera or R72 filter).

Processing is an important part of creating infrared images, though most people seem to take a relatively minimalist approach.  So while I have generally taken a complex approach to processing using Lightroom and Photoshop, I decided to see what I might get with relatively quick processing just in Lightroom.

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This is what you see in your camera without a custom profile or as the RAW file in Lightroom without any processing.

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This is the change from applying a custom Lightroom profile made using the Adobe DNG Profile Editor, as described here, then making a few minor changes to Temperature and Tint.  This is useful because Lightroom and Camera RAW by default give you a constricted colour range to play with for infrared images.  It is not necessary for Capture One.  This is similar to what you see in your camera with a custom profile there.  (Actually I did not do this in processing this image but clicked the White Balance Selector on foliage instead.  For this image, it provided a similar result.)

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Beijing Garden, Canberra, 2022.

I created this just using Lightroom. 

Apart from the custom white balance, I adjusted some hues in HSL, I played with some settings in Calibration, I optimised individual colour channels in curves, and I made some adjustments to shadows with colour grading.  I’m not suggesting a recipe; I made some adjustments I thought appropriate at the time and I might do completely different things with a different image or at a different time.

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This is the result of a quick B&W conversion in Lightroom.  I usually do my conversions in CaptureOne and Photoshop is also powerful, though may be more complex.

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Beijing Garden, Canberra, 2022.

This is another one from the same place on the next day.  We’ll get to Photoshop soon and one of the things you do in Photoshop with infrared images is swapping channels.  There’s a way to get a profile in Lightroom that does this so I was able to incorporate a red/blue channel swap in this image.  Such a profile is complex to set up, though you can read of this process or purchase swap profiles here.

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Ducks and Ducklings, Mt Ainslie, 2021.

This is an image from out the back of where I live, during a COVID lockdown.  Processed entirely in Lightroom except for neutralising the colour of the water at the bottom in Photoshop, because even with recent Lightroom improvements, masking in Photoshop is much better (Capture One was also possible).

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Carillon in early Spring, Canberra, 2021.

I recently tried processing infrared images in Capture One (which I have been also using for three years now).  It has very powerful capabilities for adjusting colours and masking, and has layers.  It’s better than Lightroom in many ways though channel swapping is not offered and Photoshop is more powerful for this purpose but can be much more complex.  (However, channel swapping is possible.  You can select, say, a blue 120 degree third, make the maximum -30 degrees hue shift four times, do the same for red (except +30) and save as a preset.)

The above image and the next two are processed in Capture One.

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Bushland on Mount Ainslie, 2021.

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Kangaroo on Mount Ainslie, 2021.

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Kangaroos on Mount Ainslie, 2014.

This was one of the first images I took with my old IR camera.  All the following images are from that camera and also half the preceding ones.  The image you end up with is more important than the camera you take it with.

All images from the one above down were primarily processed in Photoshop.

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Grand Canyon by Helicopter (IR), 2014.

Infrared is good for aerial images because it cuts through the haze, even before any processing.

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Zion Canyon (Mono) (image is actually near Zion Canyon), 2014.

Infrared can also be good for monochrome.  This was processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro but in the last couple of years I have gone to using Capture One.

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Louisiana Bayou Monochromes, 2014.

IR can facilitate deep blacks and high drama in mono.

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Louisiana Bayou Monochromes, 2014.

Photographing people can be interesting in infrared.  Easier perhaps in mono; colour image can require delicate tweaking.

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Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, 2015.

All of these later images were mainly processed in Photoshop, but what you can do there depends on what you start with.  It’s advantageous to process the images first in Lightroom (or ACR) and you can do this in a number of different ways which each led to a different set of possibilities in Photoshop.

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Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast from Above (IR), 2015.

Though some people always process their images the same way, for me there is no set way of doing this, in Photoshop, or in Lightroom or Capture One.  It seems as though each time I process an image I think of a new way to do it..

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Taxi! Taxi!, 2015.

So I’m not providing any recipes because I don’t believe in them and don’t use them.  The key is to look at the essence of each image and creatively explore its potential.

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Kipahulu/ Haleakala National Park, 2015.

In Photoshop, the first thing to do is often channel swapping, usually red and blue channels.  But there are lots of things you can do with channel swapping and you can also combine different effects with layers and masks.

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Kipahulu/ Haleakala National Park, 2015.

Then I may use a Hue/ Saturation layer to adjust or change individual colours.

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Oonartra Creek IR, 2015.

I may use a Black and White adjustment layer in luminosity mode to intensify individual colours.

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Dream Lemurs, 2015.

I may make some tweaks with a Selective colour layer.

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Ocean Harbour Dreaming, 2015.

I may also make a range of adjustments using luminosity masks (for which I use TK Actions though there are other alternatives that may be less complex).

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Ocean Harbour Dreaming, 2015.

Of course, you don’t need to use the most complex method possible.  Simple methods are fine if they work for you (and complex methods may not).  I do think it’s important though to always be experimenting and learning….

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Cazneau Tree, Brachina Gorge and Edowie ruins (IR), 2016.

There is potential technical complexity in processing infrared images but it will not work if it becomes just a technical exercise.  It’s the image that you create that is important, not the process you used to create it.  Whether you spend a lot of time doing complex things is ultimately irrelevant, the objective is simply to create Great Art.

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Flinders Ranges Monos 3 IR, 2016.

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Cazneau Tree, Brachina Gorge and Edowie ruins (IR), 2016.

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Parachilna Ruins (IR), 2016.

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Return to Adelaide (IR), 2016.

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Yaxha and Topoxté (IR), 2016.

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Tikal Monochromes, 2016.

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Salton Sea (IR), 2016.

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Salton Sea Monochromes, 2016.

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Sculpture Garden, NGA, 2016.

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KL to KK (Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu), 2019.

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Mount Tamborine, 2021.

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Ashoka (he’s actually a red Burmese), 2021.

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I have deliberately refrained from giving detailed methodology and screen shots partly because the article would get too long but more because I think it’s counter-productive.  There is no correct way of doing this and your own individual approach is for you to discover.

I will however, supply a couple of links for further reading.  You can find more with web searches:

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Monochromes from Istanbul (2)

7 to 8 October 2018, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.

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This is Monochromes from Istanbul, last was from Constantinople. There are more Ottoman images in this one, though there are still East Roman images.

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Basilica Cistern.

Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern.

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Medusa head.

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The other Medusa head.

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Galata Tower.

Bosphorous Cruise.

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Cihangir Mosque.

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Dwellings of the local population.

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Dolmabahçe Palace.

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Camlica Mosque.

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Vahdettin Pavilion.

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An interesting architectural assembly at the water’s edge.

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Anatolian Fortress.

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Rumeli Fortress.

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Rumeli Fortress.

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Beylerbeyi Palace Bathing Pavilion.

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Büyük Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque).

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Probably not a palace.

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Kuleli Sahil.

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Can’t identify this but looks old, perhaps even from East Roman times.

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Kuz Kulezi (Maiden’s Tower).

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It’s an Indian!

Islamic Museum and Hippodrome.

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Doorway to another place and time?

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Street-side displays.

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Top of the Blue Mosque.

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The Obelisk of Theososius and some minarets of the Blue Mosque.

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The Serpent Column in the front and the Obelisk of Theodosius in the rear.

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A family sitting on a low fence, with Hagia Sopha in the background.

Monochromes from Constantinople

7 to 8 October 2018, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.

Links go to colour posts (with more information and historical context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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Hagia Sophia.

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Passageway to Mezzanine Floor, Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia.

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Looking down on the main hall and up to the main dome.

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Closeup of Christ Pantocrator (or the all-powerful) from the Deesis Mosaic.

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The Comnenus mosaic, dating from 1122, shows John II Comnenus (Emperor 1118 to 1143), Virgin Mary and Christ Child, and Empress Irene (from Hungary).

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The Empress Zoe mosaic, from the 11th century, shows Constantine IX Monomarchus (Emperor 1042 to 1055), Christ Pantocrator and Empress Zoe. .

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Mysterious inscription just below a marble hand rail.

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Remarkable marble panelling.

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Graffiti on a marble hand rail.

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Heading down to the ground level again.

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Evidence of differing building projects in different eras.

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Looking up at the main dome.

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Mihrab, Mingar and Apse.

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Looking up at old Christian and later Islamic decorations..

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The Vestibule Mosaic.

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Central part of bronze door from Hellenistic Temple of Tarsus.

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Altar of the Hagia Irene.

Topkapi Palace.

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Inside Hagia Irene.

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The gateway to the Topkapi Palace.

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Views of the Bosphorous.

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Kara Mustafa Pasha Pavilion.

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Mother of pearl inlay wall decorations.

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Mother of pearl inlay wall decorations.

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A small viewing platform..

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Baghdad Kiosk.

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Looking south, beyond the Bosphorous at the Sea of Marmara.

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Palmyran funerary reliefs.

(Istanbul Archaeology Museum).

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Aphrodite removing her sandal.

(Istanbul Archaeology Museum).

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Ring-necked parakeet.

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A surviving fragment of Roman-era construction.

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Night shopping.

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Hagia Sophia at night.

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Looking up at one of the side domes.

Blue Mosque.

Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern.

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Looking up at one of the side domes.

Blue Mosque.

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Looking out of Blue Mosque towards Hagia Sophia.

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Monochromes from Samarkand (Part 2)

3 to 5 October 2018, Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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Here is a side mosque from the archway of the main Bibi Khanum Mosque.

Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand

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The top of the dome of one of the minor mosques.

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On the left is Bibi Khanum Mosque and its pishtak; one of the side mosques is in the background.

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Side mosque.

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Ulugh Beg Pishtak, the entrance gate to Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand.

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Inside the Qazi Zadeh Rumi Mausoleum.

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The two domes of the Qazi Zadeh Rumi Mausoleum, this image and the next, viewed from the inside.

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In the avenue of the mausolea.

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Looking back at the twin domes of the Qazi Zadeh Rumi Mausoleum.

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Looking through a chortak, or a gateway on the avenue.

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Inside the Shadi Mulk Adi Mausoleum.

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Near the far end of the avenue.

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The pishtak of Alim Nasafi Mausoleum.

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Tuman Aka Mausoleum.

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The top of Gur Emir from a distance.

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Rukhabad Mausoleum.

Ak Saray, Samarkand.

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This and following images, Ak Saray Mausoleum…

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Young woman extracting strips of bark from branches of young mulberry trees to make paper.

Ulugh Beg and Afrasiab, Samarkand

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Water mill for paper making.

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Surviving part of Ulugh Beg’s astrolabe.

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Remains of Ulugh Beg’s astrolabe.

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Country farm and mosque.

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Gur Emir at night.

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This was the last post on the ancient and modern wonders of Uzbekistan.  There have been 31 posts with 850 images and 17,000 words.  I have updated the links to the posts in the trip itinerary so you can access them from there.

Next, Istanbul….

Monochromes from Samarkand (Part 1)

3 to 5 October 2018, Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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Looking up at an archway in Gur Emir, Timur’s (Tamerlane’s) mausoleum.

(Next six images are in Gur Emir).

Gur Emir (Timur’s Mausoleum in Samarkand)

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Actually gold leaf inside the mausoleum.

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The main hall of the mausoleum.

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Wedding party in front of the Registan.

The Registan, Samarkand

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The Registan.

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The dome of the mosque that is incorporated into the Ulugh Beg Madrassah..

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One of the domes of the Shir Dor Madrassah.

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Ulugh Beg Madrassah is on the left, Tillya-Kari Madrassah on the right.

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Tillya-Kari Madrassah.

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Markets inside the courtyard of the Ulugh Beg Madrassah.

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Entrance steps of the Ulugh Beg Madrassah.

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Outside the mosque in the interior courtyard of the Ulugh Beg Madrassah

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Heading into the mosque.

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The interior of the mosque (and following images).

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Not sure whether this is inside the mosque or the madrassah.

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Ulugh Beg Madrassah.

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One of the domes of the Shir Dor Madrassah.

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Inside the Shir Dor Madrassah.

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The pishtak (or portal) (viewed from the side) of the Bibi Khanum Mosque.

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Detail of earthquake damage.

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Pishtak, minaret and wall.

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The dome of one of the side mosques, seen from its rear. .

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The top of one of the minarets.

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Looking up at the dome of the one of the minor mosques at the sides.

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The interior of the Bibi Khanum Mosque.

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Monochromes from Shakhrisabz

2 October 2018, Shakrizabz, Uzbekistan.

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Walking though the gardens of Dor-us Siyodat.

Kesh, Sogdia, Timur and a Sufi.

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Eurasian magpie.

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A corner of Dor-us Siyodat.

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Dor-us Siyodat.

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Inside Dor-us Siyodat.

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Timur’s modest intended tomb.

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Dor-us Siyodat.

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Dor-ut Tilovat ensemble.

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Inside the mausoleum of Shamsidden Kulol.

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Inside the other cupola, built by Ulugbek for his descendants.

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Arches in a corridor inside the mosque..

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Kok-Gumbaz (Blue Dome) Mosque.

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In the distance, about a kilometre away, is what is left of Timur’s Ak Saray Palace.

Ak Seray Palace

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Remaining tiles on the sides of the entrance arch.

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Walking towards the entrance arch.

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Timur.

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The entrance arch from the other side.

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The entrance arch from the side.

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A remaining section of the palace walls.

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Monochromes from Bukhara (Part 2)

30 September to 1 October 2018, Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Links go to colour posts (with more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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The Ark, Bukhara.

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The Emir?

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Camel ride below the Ark.

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Bolo-Khauz Mosque.

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Chasma-Ayub Mausoleum.

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Israel Samani Mausoleum.

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Inside Israel Samani Mausoleum.

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Kalyan Minaret.

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Pool reflection.

Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, Bukhara.

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Outside Sitorai Mohkli-Khosa Palace.

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Wall niches…

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Room with outfits of the Emir.

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Inside the Harem, now a textile museum.

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Chor Minor Madrassah.

Last Night in Bukhara.

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Ancient door on the street.

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Passing through one of the bazaars, probably Tok-i-Sarraton.

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Under the entrance arch of Abdulazizkhan Madrassah.

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A door in the street.

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Probably the roof of a trading dome.  The storks are the national symbol, but not real.

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Restoration workman on the roof of the Kalan Mosque.

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View with minaret.

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Sun going down…

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Kalyan Minaret.

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