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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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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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…

Nice Blog on Sony NEX

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I would like to recommend you on a nice blog dedicated to Sony NEX cameras at http://thesonynex3.blogspot.com/

Close up Filters and Macro Lens – Do they work together?

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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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I found in my drawer a kit of close up add-on filters, manufactured by Cozo. It consists of 3 filters:+1, +2 and +4, so one can have a close up from +1 up to +7.

I wanted to see how they work (or don’t work) with my 50mm/2.8 Sony Macro lens.

I started by taking a close-up photo of an handkerchief. Here is a crop from the original photo

Then, I put a +4 Close up lens, and tried to take a photo. The AF didn’t work – I seems it doesn’t like adding optics to the lens, so I had to tune manually. Here is the result:

No change in size, as I had to tune back the lens, so eventually the distance of the tip of the lens from the object remained the same. The only difference is that the photo is somewhat darker due to the addition of the filter.

Next, I tried to see if I can extend the maximal magnification of this Macro lens using this close up filters.  Here I tuned manually the lens to the closest point it focuses (1:1)

and after adding a +4 close up filter (I kept the same lens settings) I received the following photo:

Well, here we have a change, I succeeded in magnifying the image by ~30% by using the +4 close up lens. Does it worth the investment – I doubt it does, you can always crop the photo to get a larger image.

To conclude – If you have a high quality Macro lens – adding close up filter will not help you 😦

PS: I found this article after getting some feedback:

http://photography.timtrott.co.uk/closeup-filter-vs-macro-lens/

Sony SLT a55 Firmware upgrade 1st results (updated)

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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

I just finished upgrading my a55 to 2.0, and here are some photos with the new modes!

Yellow Filter

Green Filter

Red Filter

Pop Color

Normal                                                              Pop Color

 

Posterize                                                            Retro

 

All photos taken with 50mm/2.8 Macro

… still more to come 🙂

Lunar Eclipse

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Tonight, there is a rare Lunar Eclipse, peaked at 23:15 local time. Here is a photo taken with 18-250mm, at full 250mm/6.3 on a tripod, exposure was 1.6sec, ISO 1600

That’s really stretching the limits of the camera, especially that the sky still carry some of the volcanic ashes from Africa 🙂

Das ist Berlin (This is Berlin) Part 4 – Remembrance

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I reached to the last part of describing my impressions from Berlin, and I would like to touch the sensitive topic of Berlin during 1933-1945.

This period casts a shade on Germany and specifically on Berlin. There are quite a few places that commemorate the Holocaust, most notable is the Holocaust Memorial on Behren street.

Alongside the state or other large organizations efforts to commemorate the Holocaust, there are some local and private initiatives. I’ll describe two of them

Stumbling Stones

It all started in 1994 when the artist Gunter Demnig decided to install a Stumbling Stone as a memorial for a single victim of Nazism in Cologne. From that point on, ~30,000s of Stumbling Stone have been installed, ~3,000 in Berlin. Here are 4 stones located near to the hotel I was staying, containing the names and details of two Jewish families

 

 

“Places of Remembrance” in the Bavarian Quarter

The memorial “Places of Remembrance” consists of 80 street signs, presenting anti-Jewish laws and regulations under Nazi rule. The street signs are scattered all over the Bavarian Quarter, and in the main square there’s a map of all of them

and here are some of the signs and a translation to English of what the relevant rule was

. Jews must disclose their financial status,

. to “ensure the use of the assets in the

. interest of the German economy.”

. 26-Apr-1938

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. All Driving and Car Licenses of Jews are not

. valid anymore and should be returend

. immediatly

. 3-Dec-1938

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. Signs should be put in bakeries and pastry

. shops, indicating that the cakes are not sold

. to Jews and Poles.

. 14-Feb-1942

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. Jews may buy food in Berlin only from

. 4-5 pm.

. 4-Jul-1940

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and the list goes on and on…

So, that’s the end of my series of Berlin, I hope you enjoyed reading and viewing the photos

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