Old Man With Cane (ירושלים)

“The truth is I’m getting old, I said. We already are old, she said with a sigh. What happens is that you don’t feel it on the inside, but from the outside everybody can see it.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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Street Photo: Jerusalem 9912

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העיר העתיקה, ירושלים,

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.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/descent/

The Sheesha Place

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 (a Middle Eastern tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through water) 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.

Focus: Sleepy in Jerusalem

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.

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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.

More entries for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/weekly-photo-challenge-focus/

At the end of this month I’ll publish a street photo gallery with lots of photos from Israel. Make sure to check back if you’re interested.

Early morning Jerusalem – photos

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.
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