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Turkey : The Honeymoon - Part 1 - Cappadocia

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At long last this post goes live…

Yes folks, Johanna and I finally tied the knot on the 28th of December last year. The wedding was amazing and we were blessed to have our family and friends gracing the occasion. 

We had to put our honeymoon on hold due to leave logistics and once we got our holidays approved, selected Turkey as our destination. Armed with a light camera bag, I packed my trusty X100S and Johanna had our latest Fuji addition to the family, the new XQ1.

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Our trip lasted five days with three of them in beautiful Cappadocia, and the last two in vibrant Istanbul.

Cappadocia is famous for the fact that its relief features were created by historic volcanic eruptions and it’s various rock formations have taken form due to natural erosion. We landed late at night so we couldnt really tell how beautiful the landscape was until we were greeted with this sight from our hotel balcony early the next morning.

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The view was simply breathtaking from our cave hotel - Taskonaklar. We were lucky to get an upgrade to the Royal Suite with a private Jacuzzi on the open terrace from where I took the shot above. Ultimately though we didn’t use it as it was really cold with temperatures dropping down to 0 deg C at night.

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During the day, we were left in awe at the beauty of the landscapes as we toured the many historical sites and underground cities, many of which are declared world heritage sites and protected by UNESCO.

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Looks deserted, but there are over 10 storeys of underground tunnels beneath this simple pathway. 

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Souvenirs of the “Pigeon Houses” cut into the rocks. Pigeon droppings were collected over periods of 6 months and used as fertiliser for crops that the refugees grew.

Stay tuned for part 2…  

Quick Grungy Self Portrait - Including BTS

Decided to shoot a quick self portrait this evening so whipped out my beauty-dish and reflector and got my darling wife to work the camera (its so much easier when youve got someone at home to tell you how goofy you really look).

Post Processing was done using VSCO film with a Kodak Gold 100 - Cool Preset and some manual tweaking. 

Lighting Info and BTS Shots: