Friday Lens Affair #88

 Canakkale, Turkey

This week I’m featuring a great bike photograph from Canakkale in Turkey. Taken by Jan Robinson from Budget Travel Talk Blog. You know I love Turkey, maybe that is why I have so many pictures from this great country on my series already! And yet I couldn’t resist another one! Please follow Jan on Twitter.

Picture Story: Sunset bike ride, Canakkale, Turkey

Canakkale only appeared on our September 2013 Turkish Itinerary as the stepping off point to the Gallipoli Peninsula, so upon arrival we drove directly on to the ferry across the Dardanelles. The stretch of water that connects the Agean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Our destination was the Australian WWI memorials of Anzac Cove and Lone Pine on the far side of the peninsula.

We had only planned on spending one night in Canakkale but fate had other ideas for us. Parking is difficult in the city centre so our hotel staff parked our rental vehicle for us in their off-street car park that night. In the morning they informed us that the car would not start and so the process of getting the Car Rental Company to either fix or replace the car began.

We explored Canakkale while we waited and in the process stayed an extra night. Walking the long wide promenade, we found a Tea Garden with views of the water. For the price of two glasses of tea we had front row seats as the sun dipped beneath the range of hills on Gallipoli, the last rays sending a streak of light across the Dardanelles.

I propped my Canon S95 unobtrusively on the table top and took random shots as locals, tourists and mobile food vendors strolled by. Pretty pink flowers reminiscent of Australian Wildflowers caught the last rays of sun as a motorbike slowed to a stop directly in front of my camera.

It seemed that fate had not quite finished with us yet and stepped in to provide one of my favourite Turkish photographs. I find that luck or fate, call it what you like, plays a big hand in (my) photography.

Has fate helped you capture a special memory?


28 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #88

  1. jan

    Thanks so much Marysia for featuring my photo and to all the people who commented on it. I love this photo so much myself. The waterfront at Canakkale is the most attractive I saw in six weeks travelling in Turkey. What made it so (apart from the glorious sunsets) was the way the locals embraced it and used it. Crowds would form to watch events, families strolled and fishermen sold their catch. Turkey is a traveller’s dream. :)
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  2. Alli

    I love how the sunset creates that silhouette of the bike tire!

  3. Hannah

    Wow I love this photo! Great capture- the kind of shot that makes you think ‘I want to go there’
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  4. I really liked my time at Çanakkale, especially because of the Trojan Horse!
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    • Oh yes, the famous Trojan Horse, but the picture of Trojan Horse would be too direct and too obvious, and this is not what I’m looking for in this series!
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  5. Jenna

    Great photo! I love the flowers in the foreground and the sunset is gorgeous!
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  6. Rachel

    I love this shot. In its every angle, I love it. I can’t say anything more because they’ve mentioned it in the comments below, but I do love this shot. That’s all I can say. :)

  7. Samantha

    Everything about this picture is amazing! The lighting, the flowers, his stance. Love it. Fab motorcycle too!
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  8. What a beautiful photo, I love how the sunlight peeks through, it is timed perfectly!
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  9. Christine

    Beautiful photo… Never been to Turkey.

    • Oh and I always though that Turkey is crazy popular among travellers/tourists like us!
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  10. Lovely shot. We visited Canakkale during our honeymoon in 2007 and something similar must have happened. We weren’t meant to go there, ended up there by chance and had an awesome time. Thanks for bringing back the memories!
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  11. Meg

    Great photo! I don’t know that I necessarily agree with “fate”, though I do believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how those two differ quite yet but I’m working on it!
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  12. Angela Travels

    What a beautiful picture. I have never been to Turkey, but I would like to. I think a bike is a great way to see places!
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  13. Aqsa Rao

    Love this photo!

  14. Dale

    I’ve never really been someone who believes in a ‘fate’ as such, but I do think that whatever happens does so for the best, and as you’re time (and this shot) from Canakkale show; when things happen in the right way they happen perfectly.
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