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Turkey - 191 sec at Antalya's Kaleiçi Rocky Bay

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Antalya (formerly known as Adalia or Attalia; from Pamphylian Greek: Αττάλεια Attáleia) is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, and the capital city of Antalya Province. Situated on coastal cliffs, Antalya is surrounded by mountains. It is not known when the site of the current city was first inhabited. Attalos II, king of Pergamon, was believed to have founded the city around 150 BC, naming it Attalia and selecting it as a naval base for his powerful fleet. However, excavations in 2008 in the Doğu Garajı district of Antalya have uncovered remains dating to the 3rd century BC, suggesting that the city was founded earlier than previously supposed. Antalya became part of the Roman Republic in 133 BC when King Attalos III of Pergamum willed his kingdom to Rome at his death. Development and investment, began in the 1970s, have transformed the city into a major international resort.


I dont know why, but when hearing Antalya before my last trip, I pictured kilometers of sandy beaches covered with one resort next to each other, sunbed next to sunbed ... simply perfect place for the mass tourism and last place I'd like to spend my holiday. Bigger the surprise when arriving to the beautiful boutique hotel in the very center of old Antalya called Kaleiçi. It is restored historical center of the city - with its hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping. It retains much of its historical character. The city includes sites with traces of Lycian, Pamphylian, and Hellenistic -but mainly Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman- architecture and cultures. Old city is now beatifically transformed and most of the wonderful Otoman houses are now hotels with lot of charm.


This particular beach location was more of a surprise as I planned to shoot the morning blue hour in the old harbor (after checking to the hotel at 1AM, 5AM wake up call is something we all dream off !! ) I've discovered small, rather hidden beach with beautiful rocks. I have taken this shot from higher view point using 190 sec for exposure that would beautifully smoothen the sea and give it silk effect.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM, Photo Focal length: 85.00 mm, Aperture: 16, Exposure time: 190.0 s, ISO: 100


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Taken on August 29, 2009