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April 2017 - Istanbul, Turkey

April 2017 - Istanbul, Turkey

I know that countless sunsets fill up the internet, but why not clog it up more with one I saw earlier this year! :)

Last April we had the chance to visit Turkey and we happened to be crossing this bridge right at sunset. It was seriously amazing and I took way too many photos! Seeing this again makes me remember the incredible feeling of viewing it firsthand, thanking God for being such a wonderful creator. It is seriously breathtaking! 

Hope that you are inspired by something in your day today that brings you encouragement and thankfulness. Have a good one!

-Ashley

Rainy Day in the City

Not sure about where you're at, but in the Houston area, before today it's been quite rainy. In different parts of the city, there was flooding and I saw on the news that people have been evacuated. Pretty crazy! While I don't like flooding, I do love the rain. I don't mind being out in it as long as I have a raincoat on. This is what we did in Istanbul on our last trip. 

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/2.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO-500  |  Istanbul, Turkey

Canon 5D Mark II; 24mm f/2.8  |  f/2.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO-500  |  Istanbul, Turkey

We only had a day before a conference began that we were attending, and it was raining off and on. We still wanted to venture around despite the rain, so we put our coats on, grabbed an umbrella and began to explore. It wasn't bad at all.

While I don't mind exploring a city in rainy weather, I do love those days when I'm at home, it's pouring outside and I have a good book and some tea. That is quite wonderful. :) I'm currently in a 14 book series, specifically on book 7 and I'm very close to finishing it. I'd love to do that right about now, but alas, I have a lot of work to get done today. 

I hope that regardless of what the weather is today that you have a good one!

-Ashley

Getting Over Fears

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, 1/800 sec, ISO-400  |  Istanbul, Turkey

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, 1/800 sec, ISO-400  |  Istanbul, Turkey

Street photography can be a lot of fun...and intimidating! Taking pictures of strangers is one thing that I'm still working through when I walk around different cities. I'm not perfect at it and I often miss opportunities because I'm afraid to ask or pull out my big camera! So in all honesty, I have a lot of growth in this area, but I keep trying it out with varying success.

Most people I've found, don't mind having their picture taken. Sometimes I ask, sometimes I don't--it just depends on the situation. If it's in a multicultural situation, hand gesturing works wonders! I point at my camera and then at them and generally with a head nod from them, I'm cued to take picture! 

How do you get over the fear of engaging others, especially if you're more timid? Well, this is me completely and my best answer is pretty simple. Just do it. Don't wait until the perfect moment (because it will pass you by). Just get over your fears and ask! They worse they could say is no...so what danger is that? 

If you go for it, let me know! I'd love to hear how it went!

-Ashley

Favorite Place

Out of all the places we've visited, I still think this is one of my favorite places: Istanbul, Turkey. I love the beauty of the water with the city in the backdrop. The mixtures of sounds and smells from the water, street food, boats, and traffic make it very fun place to just sit and take it all in. There is a lot to see and do--you could never do it in one or even two trips. If you ever get a chance, go and visit this place. You'll not be disappointed!

The last week was very busy for me with a conference and visiting friends, so I got a little behind in my photo of the day's and portrait project. I resolved within myself when I started these projects that I wouldn't be obsessive about it, so I am just going to pick up where I left off! :) I have some very fun photos to post soon though--some portraits from people I've randomly met and some new places for me that I've never been to. It's fun visiting new places! Have a great day!

-Ashley

Peeking Church

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

In Istanbul, when we were walking down a side street I happened to see this church peeking between two buildings. I would have missed it easily if I hadn't looked as I was walking by. I like catching things like that. :) 

The next two weeks I will be traveling, so I will do my best to keep up my photo of the day. I hope to take many photos while I'm traveling around. One special thing that is happening tomorrow is Joshua and my 9th Anniversary married! Exciting! :) Can't believe we've been together that long. We're going to be hanging out with some amazing people, so it'll be a fun day.

I will be posting some fun pictures this week, so be on the lookout! 

-Ashley

Delicious Street Food

One of my favorite things to do in Istanbul while wandering the streets hungry, is finding someone selling Doner Kebabs and buying one. :) Doner Kebabs use meat (like below) and they stuff it into a flatbread or wrap with lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. It's delicious.

The great thing is that it's relatively cheap! So you can get a filling meal that tastes delicious at a good price. What else could you ask for?! :)

On another note, my weekly portrait is coming up soon. It was supposed to come sooner, but I had some bumps in my plans that I think have smoothed themselves out now. :) So be on the lookout!

-Ashley

Yummy Cheese!

One thing I love about Turkey is the cheese. I don't get that where we normally live (although I've been living it up in the states while we've been here!) so on our last trip, we enjoyed this part very much!

This market that we're in was selling tons of cheese, olives, bread and Turkish Delight. I love all of those things except the olives. I wish I liked olives...but I just don't. I have tried them repetitively to find that I hate them just as much as I did in the past! :)

I hope you olive lovers still read my blog. ;) 

-Ashley

A Lovely Setting

Howdy folks! This above photo was taken in Istanbul. It was the same spot as a previous post about a ship. We watched this ship pull out and I got a few shots of it in the water with the amazing scenery behind it. Istanbul really is, by far, one of my favorite cities in the world!

The last week has been a doosey--I feel as though I'm still recovering! To give an update to my previous post, we're submitting our documents today! It feels like it took forever to get to this point!

Hope you had a great weekend and hope that your week ahead is great as well!

-Ashley