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Posts tagged “Jerusalem

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.

I used Topaz Impression to create the final image and give it a softer look. Don’t forget you can use the discount code ELPHOTO for a 15% discount on any Topaz Labs product.

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

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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.

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


2015 My Year in Review

Every year Jim Goldstein runs a project on his blog, JMG Galleries, where he encourages photographers to post their best pictures of the year. It’s a great project and I’ve participated every year. When I started participating about 4 years ago I thought, “what a great way to have pictures seen by a whole new audience.”

That was me when I first started blogging but now there are so many other reasons that I participate. Yes I still like that fact that I may reach a new audience but more than that I find this to be a difficult and yet rewarding exercise. It’s tough to cull through your work and pick what you think may be the best of the year. It really gives me a chance to go though my images (some that I haven’t looked at for almost a year) and decide whether they’re good enough to make the cut of the top 10 or 15.  I try to review my images from a technical perspective and from a creative one. Certainly I’m drawn to certain images due to the circumstances of where and when they were taken. The picks may not always be perfect and certainly wouldn’t win any awards but art is subjective and what one person views as a masterpiece another make look at and dismiss entirely.

It’s been a busy and rewarding year both on the photographic front and from a family and work stand point. I’ve taken on a new role at work which was unexpected at the beginning of 2015 but I am loving it. The only downside has been that its been so busy that my photography had to take a bit of a back seat.

From a photography perspective I’ve continued to sell prints and license new work which is always very exciting and rewarding. I won’t make any specific commitments for the new year because I know that my day job will still be taking up a lot of my time but learning new photographic techniques and honing my craft is something that I know will always be important and I will find and make the time to do it.

If you have a chance jump on over to Jim Goldstein’s site here in or about the second week of January and he should have a list of year in review post listed for your viewing pleasure. There’s always a great list of photographers on there, you won’t regret it.

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Cuba, Havana, Old Havana, street photography, travel photography, black and white

Cuba

water drops, gerber flower, refraction, milkweed, macro photography

Refracted Water Drops

Havana, Cuba, Cuban Cigars, Cigar, Stogie, travel photography, cigar aficiondo, black and white

Cuba

Hilton Falls, Ontario, Milton, conservation, waterfall, long exposure, trees

Hilton Falls, Ontario

Boston, skyline, Fan Pier, sunset, blue hour, travel photography, harbour, lights, Charles River

Boston

Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature

Muskoka

Lake Ontario, Toronto, Beaches, sail, sailboats, water

Lake Ontario

Old Montreal, Quebec, night photography, long exposure, historic

Old Montreal

Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard

Jerusalem, Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,

Jerusalem, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, sunset, beach, family, photographer, golden, water, sea, Mediterranean

Tel Aviv, Israel

 


The Guitar Player

We were walking through the Cardo (Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago) and this young Orthodox man was sitting there playing guitar. He wasn’t asking for money, he was just playing a selection go Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkal.

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Israel, Jerusalem, The Cardo, musician, guitar, orthodox, guitar player, street photography, black & white


Towards The Wall

The Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, is the holiest site in Judaism. Located in Jerusalem, it’s the western retaining wall of the Second Jewish Temple. This is where the Jews have turned to prayer for centuries.

On any given day the Kotel is full of both Orthodox and Secular Jews and while there is tight security to get in, its open to all religions. I always find visiting the Kotel a moving experience. As I was waiting for my husband and son I saw a group of people coming towards me and took this image. The gentleman in the forefront is what caught my attention and when processing this image I wanted to convey a sense of deliberate movement towards this very important site.

I processed the image in Lightroom including converting it to black and white and then brought it into Photoshop in order to create a multiple exposure.

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Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall, Orthodox, Man, Walking, Motion, black and white, travel photography,