Yoruk Isik takes pictures of the Russian war ship BSF Nikolay Flichenkov 152 as it passes through the Bosphorus Strait, on it's way to the eastern Mediterranean port of Tartus, on October 18, 2016 in Istanbul. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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It is a Russian warship, in this case the landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov.Standing by the old Ottoman fortress of Rumeli Hisari on the European shore of the Bosphorus where the strait is at its narrowest, Isik has been waiting for this particular Russian warship for several days.Isik says he can estimate the ship's arrival time soon after it leaves its base, but notes it might change depending on weather conditions or its tonnage.An international relations specialist by profession, Isik is a passionate ship spotter, and only occasionally earns small amounts from the copyright of the pictures he takes.Boler usually takes pictures from his home in Uskudar, which has a beautiful view of the Bosphorus from the Asian side of the city.Asked why he has been photographing ships for three years, his answer is simple: "Curiosity". The traffic of Russian warships through the strait en route to Moscow's base in the Syrian port city of Tartus has dramatically increased in recent years, he says, especially since the Kremlin launched its military operation there a year ago.
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