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Yin Yang

You have to look carefully and something complex and complicated gets paired down to one simple and elegant image.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, surfer, waves, fine art

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year.


Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

                                                                     Cat Stevens

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, sunrise, lifeguard station, fine art


For The Birds

This is a very common scene early morning on the promenade in Tel Aviv. What the birds don’t get from the leftovers of sunbathers they get from kind people feeding them in the mornings.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, promenade, pigeons, birds, feeding, man feeding birds,


ONE

“I love the peace the sea gives me as if I’m made from the salt itself”

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Wave III

You can probably guess by now that I love being at the beach, I love the water and I love photographing the water especially doing long exposures. This is another of my Tel Aviv, Israel seascapes. I love capturing the waves in their different forms and the long exposure calms an otherwise raging sea.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Wave II

“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”

Virginia  Wolf

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, wave, sea, long exposure, fine art


Overcome

These surfers just couldn’t hang on. Another early morning, another long exposure.

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The Wave

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Tel Aviv, Israel, water, sea, wave, long exposure, black and white, BNW, fine art photography


Silent Wave

An early morning long exposure at the beach in Tel Aviv.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, surfer, long exposure, fine art


The Surfer

An early morning shoot that yielded no significant sunrise but the early spring fog and the cool weather provided for a good backdrop. The surfers were out as were the joggers and little ole me with my tripod and gear getting ready to do some long exposures on the beach in Tel Aviv.

This surfer came out of the water and I was able to pivot and turn quickly to capture this shot.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, surfing, foggy, jogger, sand, travel photography


Deflection in the Old City

Sometimes you get the shot even if you don’t mean to. I was focusing on the buildings in the old city of Jerusalem when these two gentlemen walked into my shot. The one on the left was trying to avoid my taking a picture of him but in doing so gave me an image I was quite pleased with.

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Jerusalem, Israel, Old City, orthodox, jewish, architecture,


Women of the Wall

The women’s section of the Western Wall always seems so much more crowded than the mens but that’s because that section of the wall is much smaller. The mosaic of women, from every religious affiliation, jostling (respectfully) for a spot at the wall is a testament to the solemnity and reverence that this site commends.

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Jerusalem, Israel, Western Wall, prayer, women, digital painting,


The Bar Mitzvah Procession

While in Jerusalem I met with some friends for coffee at Mamilla Mall. I had arranged to meet my husband and son in the old city at the Western Wall but I was late. I ran into a bit of a road block….a Bar Mitzvah procession that was also making its way to the wall.

Now I probably could have veered my way through the crowd but truth be told this was such a joyous experience that I took my time and walked with them for a while. The festive mood of the family and guests, the live music and dancing was infectious.

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white

Jerusalem, Israel, Bar Mitzvah, procession, flutist, musician, drum, orthodox, black and white
 


Jerusalem Break

The natural Jerusalem stone of Mamilla mall, the Orthodox Jewish gentleman in traditional black garb, I saw this scene as I was walking by and although it was a bright sunny day immediately envisioned it in black and white.

I have a challenge for you. I’m think of submitting this in a competition but can’t think of a unique title for it. Any suggestions?

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Jerusalem, Israel, Mamila, orthodox, religious, jewish, black and white, monochrome


Alone at Last!

I love shooting at night when the crowds die down. This particular evening it was about 10:30pm when my husband and I returned from dinner. We went to our room and I grabbed my camera and headed out, quickly yelling behind me, “I’ll be back in 1/2 hour.” I think it was after midnight when I finally got back but the beach in Tel Aviv always does that to me. I seem to get lost in the calm, the gentle rolling of the waves.

I wasn’t quite alone though. Different parts of the beach told different stories…the beach restaurant with the bright lights &  roaring music; the treasure hunter combing the sand for lost treasure; the backpackers enjoying a bonfire and claiming their real estate for the night and the young couple finding the perfect spot by the lifeguard station to steal away some romantic time alone.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, lifeguard station, water, couple, romantic, long exposure, night photography, travel photography


Happy Holiday!

Not your traditional holiday image but I thought I’d spread a little light and warmth all around (and I’m sure that somewhere on the other side of the world someone is enjoying the beach 🙂 )

My friends…whether you’re celebrating Hannukah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or any other holiday I’d like to wish you all a Happy Holiday filled with family, friends and good-times.

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach, surf, kitesurfing, kite boarding, kite board, Banana Beach


Floating Pier

In contrast to the bustling crowds at the old port in Tel Aviv on any given night is the view out to sea. This was a 52 second long exposure.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, port, pier, water, long exposure, night photography, travel photography


Round You Go!

I’ve been to Israel numerous times and have driven past the old port in Tel Aviv on a number of occasions but I’d never spent any real time there until this last trip.

The port in Tel Aviv opened in 1936 and was the country’s largest and most important port until 1965 when it closed due to operations being moved to the newer port in Ashdod. The port sat derelict for many years and then in the early 2000’s the municipality of Tel Aviv decided to revitalize the area starting with a beautiful wide wooden deck that spans the port promenade along the sea. The old hangers have been covered to fresh food markets and the port is lined with restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs.

At one end of the deck is an old merry-go-round that was getting ready to close as I was setting up for my shot. Luckily it still had went for a few more rides, enough for me to get this shot.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Port, Merry Go Round, Carousel, beach, night photography, travel photography, long exposure


Tel Aviv Beach Promenade

Whether you jogging, strolling, biking, roller blading or walk your dog, the Tel Aviv beach promenade is the place to be.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Promenade, Mediterranean, sea, coastline, travel photography, Old Jaffa


Rosh Hanikra

Rosh Hanikra, meaning “head of the grottos” is located on the mediterranean coast of Israel in the Western Galilee. The  caverns have been carved out for centuries by the pounding of the mediterranean.

Rosh Hanikra is the meeting point of the Israeli – Lebanese border. It’s fascinating to walk through the tunnels excavated by the British army engineering units in the early 1940’s for the Haifa – Beirut railway. The plan was to build a railway all the way to Turkey as a gateway to Europe.

My husband, son and I took a day trip to Rosh Hanikra and the city of Akko that day and they were surprised when I threw my tripod into the trunk of our car. It’s a good thing I brought it along as all these images were long exposures.

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Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, path, tunnel, long exposure, travel photography, nature

 


The Lifeguard Station

I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record but….I’m back. It was another wonderful trip to Israel and while it was wonderful spending the week with my son I didn’t get out and shoot as much as I wanted.

I should probably clarify that…I didn’t come home with 1000 images to process I only came home with about 500 🙂

You probably noticed from my last trip in March that I shot a lot of beach images, specifically kite boarders. The kite boarders aren’t out as much in the summer months as it’s not that windy and the sea is much calmer. I did manage to spend a lot of time on the beach, Tel Aviv has some of the best in the world!

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Tel Aviv, Israel, beach, summertime, Gordon Beach, sea, Mediterranean, lifeguard station, travel photography

Just in case you missed it, I posted a couple of images to Instagram and Facebook earlier this week (don’t forget to follow me there). Here they are and you can find them in my gallery as well.

 

 

 


Golden Ride

Believe it or not I hadn’t finished editing my shots from my trip to Israel this past March. I wanted to finish that up as I’m heading to Israel again in a couple of days. To say that I’m very excited would be an understatement as the best part of this journey is that I’m going to see my son.

I won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks but I will be posting to Instagram and Facebook regularly so if you’re not following me on those pages feel free to do so and join me on my trip.

I’ll leave you with this image…enjoy the light!

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Banana Beach, kite boarding, kite boarder, sunset, golden light, travel photography

 


Carpets for Sale!

HAPPY CANADA DAY & HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! I hope everyone is enjoying this long weekend and that it’s filled with family, friends, BBQs & lots of fun.

The image below is of a different type of gathering. The streets of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv are filled with tourists and locals alike. If you’re looking for souvenirs, a suit of amor, a life-size rabbit and of course carpets then you’re in the right place.

I processed this image using my usual workflow of LR & Photoshop then used Topaz Impression and Topaz Texture of its final treatment.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Old Jaffa, carpets, street photography, digital art, cars


Sunset Ride 4

Here’s the 4th instalment of my Sunset Ride series taken on the beach in Tel Aviv.

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Israel; Tel Aviv; Banana Beach; mediterranean; sea; kite boarding; kiteboarder; boarding; kiting; sunset; beach