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Project365 after One Month: Outside

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 1, 2018

16/265: Shrine of the Book at Night

Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. I used a long exposure to smooth the water. I didn’t have a tripod, so I set the camera on a ledge and used the timer.

For the purposes of this blog, I define “outside” photos as anything I took outside the house. Only 14 qualified, which probably means I need to get a life. 🙂

22/365: Spice Stall

Spice stall, Mahaneh Yehuda shuk, Jerusalem, after meeting a friend for dinner. This is only half the shop, by the way. I didn’t have a wide enough lens to include the other side.

9/365: Cinema City

Cinema City, Jerusalem, while waiting for my son, so that we could see Star Wars VIII.

15/365: Work at 6 a.m.

Work at 6 a.m. I live 100 km from the office, so I carpool with a coworker/neighbour a couple times a week. We leave at 5 a.m., arrive at 6. I’m usually the first to turn on the lights and deactivate the alarm.

17/365: Toastmasters

Jerusalem Toastmasters, in Har Hotzvim. I’ve been a member since 2015 and I’m currently its president, which means I don’t have too much to do if everyone else does their job. If you’re in the area, come by for a visit!

10/365: Food shack

Kiosk in Sanhedriya, Jerusalem, on the way to Toastmasters. They seem to sell everything — hot food, newspapers, umbrellas, flowers. The decor is dominated by Sephardi rabbis.

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Smashed Potatoes: Comfort Food

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 9, 2018


Last weekend we had heavy rain and strong winds. Naturally, I was preparing comfort foods in the kitchen for Shabbat. “Smashed potatoes” are so easy and so delicious.

Boil a pot of potatoes until tender. Drain and place on a foil-covered baking sheet. Smash gently with a potato masher. Sprinkle with chopped garlic, salt, freshly ground pepper, paprika, or whatever takes your fancy (cheese, fried onion). Drizzle with olive oil and bake in a medium oven until the tops are golden and the edges start to look crispy.

Make lots, because you’ll want to eat some the next day. 🙂

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Project 365 for 2018: Week 1

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 8, 2018


I’ve very quietly started a Project 365, with the specific goal of mastering my new Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless camera. When I took it out during Hanukkah, I was really frustrated over the fact that I didn’t know the settings well enough to be able to set it in the dark and that I wasn’t positive I was locking the focus in low light. At least the Sony is much lighter to haul around than the Canon T2i with 18-135mm lens. Photo above is the funky weave of our screen door leading to the back balcony.

Sometimes there are things to shoot. This sunset was past its peak, but I was on a bus and had to wait until I got off the bus to photograph the sky. By the way, this was not post-processed.


Dust storm moving in, before the rain storm.


Other times, there isn’t a lot to shoot. I find that after Shabbat goes out is a tough time. After doing dishes, tidying up, I’m usually too tired to think of a photo and don’t want to walk into town on the chance that there might be something interesting at the mall, so I usually shoot something inside my house, like my embroidery. Tip if you’re doing a project 365: make a list of easy shots for those times when you don’t feel like taking photos.


Rainbow seen from my office window, which is why there are reflections off the glass, the white balance is a little too cool, etc.

Rainbow over Raanana

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Project 365, 2010

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 5, 2011

Project 365 2010

I haven’t posted for quite a while. My blogging got derailed by my return to work, physiotherapy for my foot, and visits by husband’s relatives from abroad. Some of my month mosaics weren’t generated until just a few days ago!

In 2009, I managed to post 352/365 photos. I must have thought it was a positive experience, over all, because I’m starting another Project 365 for 2011.

Things that I liked about Project 365:

  • My general technique improved. I could see where I got better at low-light photos, building interiors, street photography, portraits, and so on.
  • At the end of the year I had a tangible record of what I’d done in photography (my first two paid  jobs, my first attempts at portraiture, a solar eclipse, sunrise over Amman, Jupiter’s moons).
  • My photos were also a record of places I’d been, craft projects I finshed, and new techniques.
  • I went to events that normally I would never have gone, like a local dog show, simply because it was a new place to take photos.
  • I had an excuse to carry a camera everywhere.
  • I am deeply grateful to two of my officemates, Yinnon and Masha, for providing me with so much photographic material — pet spiders, interesting manicures, hats, cooking demos, and a wedding. They were more than willing to let me photograph them at any time.

Things I didn’t like about Project 365:

  • I felt under pressure to take photos even when I was hospitalized, tired, or sick.
  • There were way many “OMG what am I going to photograph tonight?!?!” photos. For some reason I have a really hard time getting inspired to photograph things after Shabbat because it’s dark, I’m tired, and there’s plenty of work to be done getting the house back in order.
  • Too many flowers. Nothing wrong with that if you like flowers but I think I took too many flower photos. Same for sun flares. Three in July was a bit much.
  • I looked like a weirdo carrying a camera everywhere (the flip side of #5 above). When a co-worker asked why, I told him, “Because black goes with everything.”
  • It probably shortened the life of my camera and lenses (camera body repair for autofocus in May and dead kit lens that lost its autofocus in September) but so what — the only people with pristine cameras are those who never take photos. Equipment is there to be used.

Things I’m going to try to do differently for Project 365 in 2011:

  • Get a new tripod. I still haven’t replaced my crappy, lightweight tripod, which is a real liability when I have to do low-light shots with long exposures, astro-photography, or portraits. I have my eye on a mid-level Manfrotto in Tel Aviv. I could order it over the Web. I really should do so instead of moaning about my lack of a good tripod.
  • Plan more carefully for those difficult times, like after Shabbat. Sure, I still have to make the effort to set up a light or a subject or whatever, but if I had a plan I think the photo would be a lot easier to take. I did make a list of inspirations at the beginning of the year, sort of a “fall back” list in case I couldn’t think of anything to photograph, but I lost the list.
  • Don’t have surgery. Honestly, taking photos during my 6 weeks of sick leave was not a lot of fun. If you think a DSLR is hard to lug around, try doing it on crutches.
  • Consider getting a compact camera for those times when a DSLR just isn’t a good thing to lug around. (There are times when I would consider selling my first-born, my only son whom I love, for a Canon S95, except that he’s a polite, pleasant boy and worth way more than a camera. Maybe I could trade him for a few L-class lenses. Hmmm…..)

To sum it up, Project 365 is a real challenge but it’s worth it. I posted lots of crappy photos. Among them, I think there are a few decent shots that I probably wouldn’t have captured if I hadn’t been shlepping that camera everywhere.

Here’s a link to my Project365 set:

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I need a new project like I need a …

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 17, 2009

Fill in the blank with appropriate metaphor.

I just found out about photography project, Project365. It’s almost the year 2010. Taking a photo every day would be an interesting challenge, especially since I can’t take photos on Jewish holidays or Shabbat, so it would have to be at the beginning of the day, before a holiday/Shabbat begins, or at the end of the following day, since Jewish days are calculated from sundown. The two days of Rosh HaShanah would require careful planning. Hmmm. Need to think about this.

Even if I don’t manage the entire year, it could be a good learning experience. I learned a lot from NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), although I missed the first two days when I didn’t know about the project (and I didn’t realise, when I signed up, that I could have waited until December). I wouldn’t want to blog a daily photo. That would be too much overhead in terms of time.

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