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Israel Museum Panoramas

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 9, 2015


A few more panoramas from my class exercise, taken at the Israel Museum. The first photo shows the two dominant features of the Shrine of the Book, the white dome in the shape of a jar lid (the scrolls were found in covered jars), representing the Sons of Light, and the black slab representing the Sons of Darkness.

The second photo shows the famous “Ahava” (“Love”) sculpture from the reverse side, with the nearby Jerusalem neighbourhoods.


This exhibit was very low, so I wasn’t able to get good shots of the panorama because I didn’t want to lie on the floor in the long hallway leading to the main building. The laser-cut aluminum silhouettes represent technological advances and are an accompaniment to the exhibit, A Brief History of Humankind. If I’d had more time, I would have tried to put one of the more prominent sculptures in the center of the frame, but the hall was quite crowded at the time (another good reason for not lying on the floor).


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Double Rainbow

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 18, 2010

Double Rainbow

Yesterday my husband and I took the day off and ran around Jerusalem. I’m glad that we went out on Wednesday, when the weather was balmy and pleasant, because this morning the weather was windy and rainy. At one point I looked out the window and saw a beautiful double rainbow. I ran outside, wearing my nightgown, to the balcony with my camera to photograph it. It was really windy. At one point the wind blew my nightgown around. I was profoundly grateful that (a) no one was home, (b) the balcony walls are solid, and (c) we live on the top floor.

The photo below is a panorama stitched with Photoshop from three shots. The match isn’t perfect because I wasn’t using a tripod or manual settings. Just pointed my camera in three directions and took the photos!

Almost forgot to add that I used a polarizing filter, which really makes the colours pop and increases the cloud definition.

Double Rainbow Panorama


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Jerusalem Model Panorama

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 8, 2009

Jerusalem Model Panorama

I wasn’t sure this would work because I didn’t have a tripod when I took these photos yesterday. In fact I forgot about them because I was working on the HDR processing and only remembered this morning that I hadn’t tried assembling the panorama.

I stitched together six photos with Photoshop. To see a larger version, click the photo above to go to the Flickr page, then click All Sizes. Although the largest version available on Flickr is 1600 x 289 pixels, the actual size of the original is 14,489 x 2620.

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Panorama of North Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 21, 2009

It was too quiet at work today. Is everyone sleeping off the heavy eating of Rosh Hashanah? Or has the fast of Tzom Gedaliah induced a catatonic state in the project managers at work? I went out on the fifth floor balcony and tried shooting a panorama of Jerusalem looking towards the neighbourhood of Ramot. It’s hard to get the full impact of the photo here. If you click the photo and go to the Flickr page, you can see the larger sizes.

North Jerusalem Panorama

I learned some things:

1. If there are clouds in the sky on a windy day, it’s nearly impossible to align them.
2. Seven photos is probably a bit too many for a beginner. I should have started with something less ambitious, like three or four photos.
3. The Photomerge function in Photoshop requires quite a lot of computer power, so it’s a good idea to downsize the photos first, unless you enjoy staring at an hourglass for 20 minutes.
4. Fix exposure problems in the camera. If the photos are too dark, they are going to be hard to align. I did a test shot on the sixth floor, then walked down to the fifth floor, chatting with a friend on the way. Probably 15-20 minutes had elapsed, long enough for the sun to sink, more clouds to blow around, etc. I should have done another test shot but I didn’t think of it at the time.
5. Don’t even think about fixing the exposure problems in the individual photos and then merging. It just isn’t worth the headache.
6. Allow plenty of overlap because you’re going to have to crop a lot more than you expected: “Whew! Finally got the horizon nicely aligned. Oh, darn, those roads at the bottom don’t meet….”

This panorama shot is made from seven separate photos, taken with a polarizing filter.

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