Cities of the World: Istanbul

Challenge #4 in the Monday Madness series. Hosted by Julian_K.
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A very open challenge, post your best shot from Istanbul, Turkey. All styles are encouraged. Please see the additional rules.
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The Real 34
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Istanbul has a magnificient array of historic and modern buildings, venues, sights and you can see many of them in this challenge, however I wanted the give a glimpse of the real Istanbul (licence plate no 34), not glorious monuments, awesome foliage, palaces and skyscrapers, but a back street in the heart of Istanbul: The Istiklal Street, 8:27 AM. The location is just when you turn around the French consulate general. Imagine walking here with your sweetheart hand to hand.
Submitted: Tuesday, 4th May, 2010 17:55 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 13th May, 2008
Focal length: 18 mm
Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Notes: Handheld, manual focus, slight shading at the top, and of course resampled.
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