Traveling through Turkey and Israel in December 2008, I managed to take roughly 1500 photos with my brand new Canon G10. The new camera was great, and the wide angle 28mm lens, ND filter, and full manual control were great to have in the field. I started the trip with 8gb and 2gb memory cards, and, shooting on JPEG fine, managed to start filling up the 8gb card way too early in the trip. Although I hate to do it, I actually did edit photos while I was traveling. In the end, I ended up with about 1200 photos. Out of those, I’ve edited them down to the top 100 or so. These photos I feel best represent the trip, and should give a good feel of the varying environments and sites of both Turkey and Israel.
I also took about 45 minutes of video, which I’m in the process of editing down to a presentable reel.
Kirk with the windfarm in the background
Local schoolkids clamoring to say hello to us in Kilis
St. Peters hidden Catholic church in Antakya – built into a natural cave
Beehive houses in Harran
More dolmush rides
The Hittite rock musieum in Yesemek
The Cisterns in Istanbul
Roof of the Aya Sophia
Olive vendors on the corner in Gaziantep
Blizzard conditions landing back in Istanbul
Early morning walk to go to the Istanbul airport.
Goats in Harran
The cave restaurant in Sanliurfa
Kirk negotiation for homegrown tobacco in Sanliurfa
Kirk looking at the surviving arched cieling of the castle ruins at Kasaba
Steph and the Euphrates river
Street feeling in Kilis
Juggling oranges on a street side fruit stand.
Catholic church courtyard in Antakya
Getting a concensus on directions
Our dusk tour of the Hittite rock garden in Yesemek
Faces carved into the rock above St. Peters church in Antakya
Arriving in Sanliurfa
Steph and Kirk with our dinner the first night in Istanbul.
Candle lanterns at the market in Istanbul
Steph looking at photos with a local kid in Harran
Medusa Head in the Cistern
Local kids in Vaikifle
Looking out onto the Euphrates.
Driving west, then north out of Antakya
Surveying the dramatic scenery as we drive to Bierecheck, in the canyons carved by the Euphrates
Evening in Sanliurfa
Looking out to the horizon from the mountains in Vaikifle
Freighter ships on the Bosphorus
Our sketchy hotel in Sanliurfa
Riding the dolmush through Belen, Tureky
Having tea on the banks of the Euphrates with locals
Sitting on the ledge watching the sun set on the Euphrates in Kasaba.
Getting Sahlep in Antakya
An antique Zenith watch for sale at the market in Istanbul
Sunday night dinner at Kirk’s House
Small produce market near Kirk’s house in Istanbul
Steph standing on the beach
Sunset in Samandagi
Taxsim Square, Istanbul
Driving at night back to Antakya
Sunset in Samandagi
Fruitstand in Istanbul
Me driving through flood waters in Samandag
The archway and observation tower in Harran
Buying clementines in Antakya
Talking to the hotel staff in Adana
Steph in the doorway of the Armenian Church
Dried Eggplant shells in Antakya
A chef distributing pestashio on to baklava at Chadas in Gaziantep
Walking at night in Antakya. THe street had a movie set like feeling from the yellow, flat streetlights.
Ataturk in Adana
Kirk and Steph checking the guidebooks in Adana
Grasses at sunset in Samandagi
Looking into the cut from the Roman Tunnels in Samandagi
Driving through the mountains near the Med
Small town on the side of the Euphrates. Their mosque was flooded when the damn was build.
Dilapidated houses in Adana
Doerta cooking up a delicious German dinner.
Arriving to rain in Antakya
Us with our Turkish friends in Yesemek
The inside of the church in the cave
Street food in Adana
Street food in Istanbul
Broken Turkish Pottery
Fishermen in Istanbul
Roman Tunnels in Samandagi
Stephanie and I inside the cave in Antakya
Me, Steph and Kirk about to split up in Istanbul
Looking off into Syria, on the border between Turkey and Syria
Dinner boat on the Bosphorus
Local kid holding a lamb in Antakya. On this mountainside we met a shepard tending to hish flock. This kid hiked with us for a bit up onto the side of the mountain.
An orange vendor in Harran
The Mosque in Kilis
Finding our hotel room
Me, Steph and Kirk standing on ruined pilars at St. Simeon
A local shepard and his flock on the side of the road in Yolbasi
Researching for our next day’s adventures in our hotel room in Antakya
A backhoe coming down Kirk’s street in Istanbul
The ruins of St. Simeon
Steph and I riding a motorcycle with a sidecar in Sanliurfa