During the spring I’ve re-edited some of my old material from Jerusalem and today I uploaded around 100 of those photos to Flickr.
Israel, Jerusalem, ירושלים, ישראל
Most of the photos haven’t been shared before. Naturally my photography skills have improved a lot since then, but some of the material is still good in my opinion. Here’s a few of the photos and you can find the rest on Flickr.
The theme for #photo101 today is Solitude, so I thought that this photo of a nun in The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, would be suitable.
According to psychologytoday.com, Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely. It is a positive and constructive state of engagement with oneself. Solitude is desirable, a state of being alone where you provide yourself wonderful and sufficient company.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), where Jesus was crucified, and also contains the place where Jesus is said to have been buried. The church has been an important Christian pilgrimage destination since at least the 4th century as the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus. (source: Wikipedia)
On this photo one person is obviously ascending, while the group of people in the background are descending. There’s some noise in this photo because I had to shoot at a high ISO in order to capture the scene in the poor light conditions. I didn’t want to remove too much of the noise in the post-processing, because then the image tends to be too soft and smooth.
Did you know that in Hebrew, when one is going to Jerusalem, they use the expression *to ascend to Jerusalem*? לעלות לירושלים
The expression עלייה – Aliyah, used when someone moves to Israel on a permanent basis, is also rooted in the same verb.
This is my second entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge this week, where the theme is Cover Art.
Mixed media: oil painting and photos. I don’t know the name of the painter, but the original painting that I sampled from was exhibited at a Bollywood film festival in Norway, 2004.
For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?
Sometimes, when you’re on the move, you need to sit down and relax. I sat down at this sheesha place in The Old City of Jerusalem – the capital of Israel. my thought was to sit down and smoke nargileh (aMiddleEasterntobacco pipein which thesmokeisdrawnthroughwater) with fruit tobacco, but as it turned out, this was a sheesha place. I’ve always thought that sheesha and nargileh is synonyms for the same thing, but as it turns out nargileh is the fruit version, while sheesha is the strong, pure tobacco version. The taste of sheesha was disgusting: it tasted like tobacco – strong tobacco, almost like a cigar, but I found the whole scene interesting, so I took these shots. They’re all shot on ISO 6400 because of the poor lighting conditions.
«Reflect: to consider where we’ve been in life, where we are now, and where we’re going. […] This week , in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us an image that says reflection. It could be a person who helps you see things clearly, a place you go to collect your thoughts, or an object that reminds you of your achievements. You could also go for something more literal, like a reflection in water. Or something that demonstrates both interpretations of the word, as I’ve done in this shot.» – Ben, WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge
«שלום חתולה» I was on a morning stroll with my camera, I didn’t have time to set up my tripod and had to act quickly. This was shot handheld at high ISO which explains all the noise in the photo. I still like the motive.
I played around with Photomatix today and decided to create two different versions of the same photo: one made with Photomatix and Lightroom, the other with Photoshop and Lightroom.
מסגד אל-אקצא Photomatix & Lightroom
מסגד אל-אקצא Photoshop & Lightroom
The motive is the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel.
After the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 637 CE, Umayyad Caliphs commissioned the construction of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the site. The Dome was completed in 692 CE, making it one of the oldest extant Islamic structures in the world, after the Kaabah. The Al Aqsa Mosque rests on the far southern side of the Mount, facing Mecca. The Dome of the Rock currently sits in the middle, occupying or close to the area where the Bible mandates the Holy Temple be rebuilt. – Wikipedia
Edit: I decided to add this third version. It’s post-processed in Photoshop & Lightroom, but not as HDR.
Third version: Lightroom & Photoshop (but not HDR)
Here’s a small preview of what’s to come in my August Street Photo Gallery. I captured this guy as he was sleeping his way through the narrow streets in the old city of Jerusalem.
The Depth of Field isn’t extremely shallow, but still shallow enough to lead the eyes to the boy and the two women. Theoretically I could have shot this at a different aperture to blur out the background even more, but here the background also creates the scene. Sometimes when you’re shooting street photography, you just have to be quick to get the image you want and then there’s no second chance.
Jerusalem – the capital of Israel – is situated in the central part of the mountain range of Israel. This city has been habited as early as the fourth millennium B.C.E, much because of its comparatively low environments, with easy passages eastwards and westwards, and a spring which provides abundant water all year round. Continue reading →