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I have decided to go half way around the globe and start a new series on Istanbul. Since I am starting on May 30th, I am going to go one year back and present you the photos I took on May 30, 2016 when I went to Kadıköy to meet a fellow TE member, Burak Erek (berek).

This photo was taken crossing the Bosphorus en route from Beşiktaş to Kadıköy. It depicts one of the three latest ferries, ŞH Gümüşsu, added to the Istanbul City Lines fleet that have been very unpopular with Istanbullus. These triplets, ŞH Gümüşsu, ŞH Durusu, and ŞH Küçüksu, were designed and manufactured by Özata Shipyards in Yalova, Turkey. The company website proudly lists the advantages of these ferries such as: Bidirectional operation, and, consequently, 25% fuel and time efficiency by not turning around during docking and departure maneuvers, low carbon emission and environmentally friendly engine technology. They were delivered with much pomp and circumstance on 28 May 2015 but were met with great criticism by the public. Among the critiques were their lack of conformity to the historic image of the city and their lack of open spaces on the sides. Istanbullus love to sit in the open, narrow, balcony-like lower decks in the summer but these vessels lack those decks. There were to be a total of 10, but after the severe criticism these three received, the order for the rest was cancelled.

PS. I can't quite tell what the mountain-like appearance over the horizon is. There is not supposed to be anything there, it's the open sea. It's either some stain on my lens or some sort of a mirage.

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Camera / Image Information
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Lens: 3.8-247.0 mm
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 Macintosh
File Size: 771 kb
Shot Information
Exposure Time: 1/800
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal length: 72.70 mm (in 35mm: 401.8 mm)
Date Taken: 2016-05-30 11:03
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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