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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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/

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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

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

Black Sea Summer Resorts – Nessebar

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I would like to share with you some impressions from 2 adjacent places located on the west shore of the Black sea – Nessebar and nearby Sunny Beach

Nessebar (also appears as Nesebar)

an ancient Bulgarian town, located on a small island which is connected with a narrow bridge to the mainland

Very old, well preserved, unique atmosphere. This is claimed to be the oldest house in the town, located almost at the peak with windows at all 4 directions:

There are numerous souvenir shops, practically located everywhere, some offer unique local art, many are just “tourist traps”…

  

  

  

and some local crafts:

The town is famous with its churches, there are about 40 that survived the time, which makes Nessebar the town with the highest number of churches per capita. The most famous one is the Church of St Sophia dated from the 5th century. Due to its unique acoustics, the church is used for hosting open air music events

Here are several more photos of the Church of Christ Pantocrator, see the fine details in the 2nd photo:

The Church of John the Baptist (HDR On/Off)

  

In addition to the remain of the churches, there’s also a fortress that protected the town from the mainland

and finally, let’s have a view of Nessebar from Sunny Beach which will be described in part 2

Human Statues Festival

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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

Visiting the Human Statues Festival was indeed a good photographic opportunity. Here are some of the photo captured there.

All Photos were taken with Sony a55 + 18-250mm lens, most of them with no flash

The festival took place in Rehovot for 3 days. It was awfully crouded as you can see in the following photo, so shooting what quite a challenge…

There were about 150 presenters coming from all over the world + locals, spread in a relatively narrow street.

Here are some of the photos:

Smiling

A Roman Soldier

Acrobats

   

The facebook kid                                 Clown

 

Riding on bikes

  

Taking a rest                                    A couple

   

Cupid                                                          Playing Chess

  

The cleaning lady and the statue         An armchair

  

Got you!                                                    A Mexican guy

  

A painter

And the festival’s key show!

That’s all for today’s blog…

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