Chora Church Fresco Pano Remix – Istanbul

The Chora Church is a Byzantine church that was originally built in the early 5th century but much of it was updated in the 11th century AD. After the city was conquered by the Ottomans, it was converted into a mosque and the mosaics were plastered over. It became a museum in 1948 after which the plaster was removed to expose the well-protected mosaics beneath. This mosaic is an interpretation of “Heaven.”

All interior shots were handheld (could not use monopods or tripods) and without flash. I used my 50mm f/1.8 for this shooting at ISO 200. This image was stitched from several adjacent shots using Autopano Pro…in fact at the top right you can see a small registration error but you take what you have and work with it as best you can!

This is a remix of the base image using NIK software’s Viveza and ColorEfex. I was preparing it for use in a video and thought the original was a bit too flat and lacked the sparkle in needed.

If you are interested in more images from this church, the Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque, see my Istanbul set on Flickr.

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