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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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Old Jaffa in Black & White


I’m very excited as I’m heading back to Israel in a couple of weeks. While planning travel always gets my adrenal going, this is very different as my son is there and it’s been almost 6 months since I’ve seen him. I’ve got lots of hugs ready to burst out of me.

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I’ve posted images of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv before on this site but this time I decided to process a series of images in black and white.

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While the vibrant colours of the stones in the old city are very appealing I found that the monochrome really draws the viewers attention to the striking lines and tones in the images.

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You can see more images from Israel and Old Jaffa in my gallery here.

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As you can see I now have my computer back, new hard drive installed and back in business!


A Walk Through the Old City

A quiet walk through the old Jewish quarter in Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem of Gold

The mountain air is clear as wine
And the scent of pines
Is carried on the breeze of twilight
With the sound of bells.

And in the slumber of tree and stone
Captured in her dream
The city that sits solitary
And in its midst is a wall.

Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light
Behold I am a violin for all your songs.

Lyrics by Naomi Shemer

If you’d like to listen to a beautiful rendition sung by the late Ofra Haza click here.

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Window to Hezekiah’s Tunnel

I was going through my archives the other day looking through my images from my trip to Israel in 2010. I’m going back to Israel next week and I was trying to remind myself what I shot the last time I was there. That trip took place before I started this blog and when I was just starting to learn about HDR. This was one image that I was never happy with. I had shot 3 brackets handheld but it was very dark and the longer exposure image was blurry and the HDR never came out the way I wanted it to. Of course that was before I was using Lightroom so I decided to process one of the brackets on its own in LR5. All I did for processing was to bring out the shadows and darken the highlights slightly and cloned out part of a railing.

This was taken on the walk down to Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem which was dug underneath the City of David. The tunnel dates back to the reign of Hezekiah of Judah in the late 8th and early 7th century BCE and was designed as an aqueduct to provide Jerusalem with water.

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Walking through the tunnel itself is an amazing experience. It’s dark, very narrow and you walk through water that comes up to your knees. Yup that’s us in the picture below. Our tour guide took this shot…

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Robinson’s Arch Courtyard

In the southwest corner of the Temple Mount, in the old city of Jerusalem is what’s left of Robinson’s Arch. The arch was built by King Herod during the reconstruction of the second temple. The massive stone structure was built along the retaining walls of the Temple Mount and it went from the lower market place to the top esplanade of the mount. The arch was destroyed during the great Jewish Revolt against the Romans in 70 C.E. It was only during archeological excavations of the late 20th Century that the arch was discovered.

Today in the courtyard area adjacent to Robinson’s Arch is an open area that is used for weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations..

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