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Archive for October 6th, 2009

Windy Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

This is not during a storm. This is just a normal evening in our sukkah on a third-floor balcony in Mitzpeh Nevo, Maale Adumim, at the edge of the desert. The sound that you hear is the wind humming as it rushes through the boards, which, you’ll note, are taped to keep out the wind. My husband says that if you can build a sukkah here, you can build one anywhere.

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Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

Call me a lemming. The minute I read about a new technique, I have to drop everything and try it!

I learned about free-lensing from a Laura Charon’s article on Beyond Megapixels. It’s not for the faint-hearted or badly coordinated (especially if you’re prone to dropping things, like expensive lenses). In a nutshell, free-lensing is the term for removing your lens from the camera and holding it in front of the camera while taking pictures. It allows some light to leak in, some macro effects (putting space between the sensor and the lens duplicates the effect of macro extension tubes), and some interesting tilt-shift effects. It also allows dust to get into your camera, so be careful. And don’t drop your lens. Laura Charon had difficult with the 18-55mm kit lens. I used the 50mm 1.4 lens and had fairly good look for a first-time effort. Mind you, owning a 50mm lens in the first places makes focusing manually a lot easier because you have to use your feet to “zoom” in and out.

Free-lensing 1

Free-lensing 3

For more examples, see the Flickr free-lensing pool.

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Movie in the Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

Here are some notes on the movie in the sukkah photo. Although I was using a tripod, I set the ISO to 800 because it was quite dark and the subjects were moving.

Here’s the original, as it came out of the camera. The lighting is very yellow because of the street lights in the park behind the yard.


Often I deal with the yellow street lights by making the photo B/W but in this case the final effect seemed to dark and cold.


In the end I decided to reduce the saturation and increase the fill light midpoint so that more detail was visible. I didn’t go all the way to shades of grey because I wanted a little warmth left and a hint of colour in the decorations. I cropped the white area of the wall of sukkah so that the eye would be drawn more to the inner part. Similarly, I cropped the ceiling (top) and chairs in front (bottom) to reduce the clutter and simplify the composition.

Movie night in the sukkah

Incidentally, the chair that I cropped out was the one the family offered to me. This shot wasn’t exactly posed but it wasn’t candid either. I didn’t sneak up to some unsuspecting family sitting in a sukkah and set up my tripod outside the door. They knew I was there but I waited until they were engrossed in the movie.

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