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My Favourite Photos – April

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2010

I just realised that I never posted my favourite April photos. A lot happened that month — my DSLR’s autofocus died and I had to use point-and-shoot cameras for most of April. I got my first paying job, a bat mitzvah, and had to shoot that with a borrowed camera body. Just try getting someone to lend you a DSLR camera body on a holiday! Then I had to scrounge cards when I discovered that Ed’s old XT took CF cards and I only had SD. I was sick for almost a week in the middle, and that’s when I missed a day in Project 365 for the first time. Ironically, I’m fairly certain that I took photos that day, deleted them, and emptied the trash when I was editing the nearly 1000 bat mitzvah photos (final number was closer to 480 shots).

So some of my favourites this month are from the bat mitzvah. I had a tough time shooting Shira Rina’s portrait in a not-very-beautiful synagogue hall with scratched walls. I ended up shooting her portrait in a stairwell opposite the men’s room, which is why I couldn’t back up far enough to get a good distance. Luckily, she looked down, straight into the camera for this shot. I learned from the experience not to try a “looking up your nose” angle again.


I don’t know why I like this photo of Shira Rina with one of her friends so much but I just do. Maybe it’s the contrasting colouring — black/white clothing, brown/black hair. Or maybe it’s the way Shira Rina’s blue eyes show up. This photo really appeals to me.


This is one of those “Awwww, how cute!” shots. What could be more photogenic than a pretty girl in a flowered dress with a bunch of balloons balanced on her head? 🙂 Most of the kids in this family were very comfortable in front of a camera. That made my job a lot easier because I didn’t have to stalk them!


This photo of Shira Rina inviting her grandmother to dance was one of those chance shots that I almost didn’t get. I barely managed to get them both in the same frame before the circle of girls closed around them. I’m glad that the light was hitting their faces so that you can see the expressions.

Inviting Bubbi to dance

On Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Atzmaut), I dragged my cameras and tripod to the top of the hill to photograph fireworks. I discovered that if you take the photo in RAW, you can really push the colours a lot more in post-processing and see sparks that aren’t normally all that visible in the JPG.

Yom Atzmaut Fireworks

Yom Atzmaut Fireworks

Of course, I had to try a flag photo. This string of flags was hanging in front of the building where I work. I shot from below, towards the sun. It was too hazy to get a sun flare but I got the light above the top flag.

Yom Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

The last photos were all done with point-and-shoot cameras when my DSLR was in the shop. I don’t have a macro lens, so if I want really close photos, it has to be with the Canon PowerShot S5IS or my husband’s Samsung.

Mushroom Slice


Matzah River

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My Ten Favourite Photos of 2009

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 11, 2010

Good heavens, it’s just dawned on me that we’re in the new year. (In Israel, Jan. 1 is an ordinary work day, so it’s easy to let it slip by.) Borrowing an idea from KT Photowalk and others, I’m posting my ten favourite photos of 2009. It’s been an interesting year, one in which I acquired my first serious (for me, that is) camera and started carrying a camera around with me.

1. Double Rainbow (Feb. 2009) – Lucky shot taken from my balcony one morning with a Canon S5. I had had this camera for about 14 months.

Double Rainbow

2. Purim Bride (Mar. 2009) – Taken with the S5 from a van on my way to work. This little girl just happened to turn her head at that moment, while her mother was simultaneously fussing with her hem and carrying on a cellphone conversation.

Purim Bride

3. Dandelion at sunset (Apr. 2009) – Taken with the S5, lying on the ground outside our apartment building, so that I could get the sun at a good angle. I remember wishing for the clarity of a DSLR. The Canon S5 is a good camera, but it’s still a point and shoot.

Dandelion at sunset

4. “Beyond the Suns” Performance by Pyromania (June 2009) – Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi (450D). Woohoo! At last I could do the low-light photography that I could only dream of with the S5!

"Between the Suns"

5. Globe Thistle (June 2009) – The Rebel let me get shallow depth of field and really sharp details of flowers, especially after I got the 50mm f/1.8 lens (this photo was taken with the 18-55mm kit lens).

Globe Thistle

6. Wolf Spider Reflections (July 2009) – Someone brought in a captured spider in a plastic food storage container.

Spider Reflection Revisited

7. Sunflare (Aug. 2009) – I learned how to photograph sunflares. This photo was taken through the leaves of a succulent plant in a neighbour’s garden.


8. Shrine of the Book (Oct. 2009) – I started experimenting with HDR. I still can’t get over the green tiles under the water.

Dome, Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum (HDR)

9. Free-Lensing (Oct. 2009) – First experiment with free-lensing, where you hold the lens in front of the camera to allow light to leak into the body of the camera.


10. Pampas Grass at Sunset (Nov. 2009) – Someone was trying to fix something on my computer, so I took my camera and shot a few frames in the courtyard of the building where I work.

Pampas grss at sunset


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