Moving to Google’s Blogger and a New Name

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Hi all

I decided to switch over to Blogger, mostly due to the ease of uploading photos to the web via Google+.

On this occasion I also renamed the blog: Zoom Therapy

Here is the link to the new blog: http://zoomtherapy.blogspot.com/

Regards

Roni

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Shutter Therapy

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It’s been a while since I took some photos, and as such I decided to take advantage of the blue sky and exercise my fisheye lens. As this lens distortion is most evident at straight lines, I looked for round objects. The recently rebuilt HaBima theatre in Tel-Aviv was found to be the perfect location.

As it was a sunny day, with bright buildings and dark shades I decided to use 0.7ev bracketing and later use HDR software to refine the result. I used Photomatix Essentials 3.1.1 which I purchased recently, so without any further delay, here are the photos:

and after a gentle HDR treatment:

The 2nd photo has enhanced colors, but aside of it there is no real difference between them.

Here is the front side of the building, starting from the original photo:

and the HDR, which, I think improves the visibility inside the building

and another version, which is more artisitic…

I took photos of a near by small garden, above the underground parking, here is how it looks with a regular lens

Taken with fisheye lens:

and enhanced by Photomatix

Now, let’s see the famous 3-coins statue, partially obstructing the sun (Post processed)

And last, a regular photo of a scooter 🙂

That’s all for today

No Entry Sign in Rome

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This street No Entry sign is located near the Pantheon in Rome

The artist is Clet, http://www.facebook.com/pages/CLET/108974755823172

I wonder if it helps obeying the law in Rome 🙂

 

 

 

Red Vespa in Rome

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Hi all

I decided to switch over to Blogger, mostly due to the ease of uploading photos to the web via Google+.

On this occasion I also renamed the blog: Zoom Therapy

Here is the link to the new blog: http://zoomtherapy.blogspot.com/

Hi all

it’s impossible to think of Rome without the plurality of 2-wheel vehicles running all around.

The most famous one is obviously the Vespa, with its many years of history

They come with all colors, but the most noticeable is the red color 🙂

35mm, f/13, 1/80 Sec, ISO 100, Red filter applied, other red color areas removed later by post processing

Padlocks in the Colosseum

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While visiting the old part of Rome, and enjoying the beautiful weather, I saw a strange thing: Tens of padlocks where connected to each other in some places, as you can see here:

It took me some time to find a reference (thanks Google…) to the source of this phenomena: These are locks of love, usually put by young couples who write their names on the locks. They are cluttered in several places in Rome, especially at the oldest bridge of the city, Pone Milvio. It all started back in 2006 when a book and TV episode written by Federico Moccia where it is claimed that a couple who put their names on a padlock on a lampost on this bridge, and throw the key to the river will enjoy eternal love. So it seems that the legend found its way also to the surroundings of the Colosseum

More details are found at the following link

My New Fisheye Lens

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Finally I received a fisheye lens: Samyang 8mm which is adapted to Sony A cameras.

It is a manually tuned lens, with very good reviews, so let’s see some early shots with it…

Here is the very 1st one, just out of the box in a typical sunny Tel Aviv day (f/8, 1/500 Sec, ISO 400)

Next, I tried to see  what happens when the sun is included in the picture – it is very difficult to avoid such cases due to the width of the lens: 180 degrees for my camera. The lens has a multy-layer coating which claims to do the work, and as you can see – it does it quite nicely (f/8, 1/800 Sec, ISO 400)

My next photos take you to Italy, as I used the opportunity of visiting Italy to experiment this lens

at TLV airport, with low light f/3.5, 1/40 Sec, ISO 800

and here is the main square in Todi, Umbria: (f/11, 1/125 Sec, ISO 100)

One of the key usages of fisheye kens is with landscape photography, and this is the view from Perugia, Umbria (f/11, 1/50 Sec, ISO100). Again, no real impact of the sun on the image quality, although included in the photo

Getting to Rome, I took a photo of the great monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, built with white marble stone

f/11, 1/100 Sec, ISO100.

One of the most visited buildings in Rome, is the Pantheon with its unique roof. No other lens can capture the ceiling as the height and diameter of this huge building are identical. here is the result with the fisheye, taken in low light conditions: f/3.5, 1/8 Sec, ISO800

This photo was also taken inside the Pantheon (f/3.5, 1/30 Sec, ISO3200). Again – very low light but as there are people in the photo I had to use 1/30 Sec and compensate with increased ISO

and last, that was my rented car, the beautiful Lancia Delta, F/11, 1/125 Sec, ISO100

Summary:

The Samyang 8mm is a good a solid lens. It behaves as a fisheye should behave, handling well direct sun light.

Pros:

Good built

low flare

low cost

Cons:

Sharp only for f/8 and higher

Manual control, no electronics inside the lens

Black Sea Summer Resorts – Sunny Beach

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This is the 2nd part of the Black Sea photos. In this part I’ll describe the area north of Nessebar, which is called Sunny Beach and accommodates many hotels along its 6 km promenade.

It has a nice beach at day:

and at night:

Many new hotels are located there, each tries to outrun the other by lights and glamour, especially at night time:

Victoria Palace Hotel:

Helena Hotel at night:

Majestic Hotel at night:

and at day:

A Panoramic view:

And I’ll wrap up this section with another photo of Majestic hotel and one of its pools

The Promenade

The best entertainment in Sunny beach is to take a night walk in the promenade, which quite a few tourists are doing…:

Once can stop by at a restaurant and have a BBQ

Buy a toy

Watch the Dancing show of the Casino (or enter and play)

   

Attend a “African” show at the hotel

or take a photo dressed as a Pirate

So, as you can see – anyone can find whatever he or she is looking for at Sunny Beach

That’s all for the Black Sea Resorts

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