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Archive for January 7th, 2010

Reflection of Sunrise on Twin Towers, Amman

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 7, 2010

7/365 - Across the Jordan Valley at dawn

Boy, some days I really wish I had a monster telephoto lens (or knew someone who could lend me one). I’m not sure whether it’s possible to rent a lens in Israel but this was one of those spur-of-the-moment shots.

Yesterday, I was walking around with my new Canon 55-250mm lens, hoping to get a shot of hyraxes. At 6:45 I glanced over towards the east and saw the rising sun shining off the southern tower of the Amman twin towers. The shots I took with the Canon Rebel XSi were disappointing (no tripod!), but I got somewhat better results this morning with the old S5. The result was a bit noisy, but okay. It was cropped considerably (hey, an S5 is a point-and-shoot, after all).

I used a Slik mini-tripod. I find it a lot easier to use the S5 with the small tripod because I can flip out the LED viewfinder and adjust the composition, instead of bending over close to the ground to peer through the viewfinder. Yes, I know I could use the Rebel’s Live View feature but that sure eats up the battery fast and I don’t use it often enough to switch to that mode without checking the manual.

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Hyrax Quartet

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 7, 2010

6/365 - Hyrax Quartet

Aren’t these guys adorable? These rock hyraxes live in the wadi below my neighbourhood. They’re mostly nocturnal, so the best time to photograph them is at dawn.

Hyraxes normally sit in pairs on rocks, two sentries pointing in opposite directions, so this cluster was a little unusual. They stared at me for a few minutes, until the one in front jumped off the rock and loped into his burrow.

I went out with my new Canon 55-250mm lens to get a better shot than I’d managed with the 18-55mm kit lens. This was cropped somewhat. It was handheld but the sharpness of the original is still acceptable, in my opinion.


Adding a note about their size. They’re about as big as large cats or groundhogs, but with much shorter legs. Most of the time they lope like rabbits, but they can run fast if they’re frightened.

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