It was when Mel was in Istanbul being a poet that we were able to take over the house in Foça. In addition to some watercolors of the coastline, I managed to take some photos of some beautiful waterfalls inland, up towards Manisa.
Getting there was an adventure in itself (let’s just say that anytime you’re follow the directions of someone who’s kicking himself in the head because he didn’t Google it first, you really ought to Google it first) – and I’m really not someone who can sit down and start drawing or painting a place I’ve never been to before, anyway – I like to get the feel of a place by walking around and exploring before I can really get into examining it in detail from only one place – so I decided I would take photographs instead (as well as some video, because who knows?, it might come in handy some day).
I figured out a long time ago I was not going to be a professional photographer, and also that I don’t like to carry around a big, heavy camera, so I found myself a great Nikon that might not have all the options of a big ‘SLR’ – but that fits in my front pocket. It’s got a whole lot of gadgets on its ‘menu’, but it won’t let me play with apertures and focal lengths like I’d like to… so I’m sort of limited to ‘one-step-above-point-and-shoot’. Still, it gives me a record of where we’ve been to (and trust me, in this case, we’re not likely to find ourselves there again), keep some ‘digital sketches’ for whatever they might come in handy for, and occasionally act like I’m a ‘real’ photographer…
So, here is my photographic interlude:
Shot Number 1: The Waterfall (because this is where we went)
Shot Number 2: The Waterfall with Harun (because this is who I went with)
Shot Number 3: The Waterfall with Me and Harun (because a selfie is obligatory)
Shot Number 4: Trees and Moss and Rocks (because I was trying to play with the focus on an auto-focus camera)
Shot Number 5: Trees and Moss and Rocks (because I was trying to be romantic with the sepia setting on the ‘menu’)
Shot Number 6: Water Falling in a Pool (because I was still trying to play with the focus on an auto-focus camera)
Shot Number 7: Waterfall (because it was a pretty tall waterfall after all)
Shot Number 8: Drips (because I like to crop things)
Shot Number 9: Obliterated (because I like to crop things and I like Photoshop)
Shot Number 10: Suds (because I really like to crop things and I really like Photoshop)
I hope you enjoyed this photographic interlude.
Now, get back to work!