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Project 365 for 2018: Week 1

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 8, 2018

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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.

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Dust storm moving in, before the rain storm.

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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.

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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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Return to Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 6, 2012

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

We went back to Piazzale Michelangelo on June 11, 2012. Why twice in the same trip? Because the light is never the same twice. If you look at the photos I took on June 5, you’ll see the difference.

Great Synagogue of Florence, with its distinctive green dome. Built in the late 19th century, it is a fine example of Moorish revival architecture. I don’t have any photos of the interior because it was Shabbat when I visited.

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The Duomo in a golden light.

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Chorus line of tripods. Piazzale Michelangelo is on almost every photographer’s To Do list. One guy set up a laptop and shot a time-lapse video.

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Sun flare over the Arno River.

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Setting sun reflected off the light of the Arno River, with the Ponte Vecchio in the foreground.

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Lovers’ locks. Lovers buy padlocks, lock them to a gate or fence (the fence around a sculpture on the Ponte Vecchio is covered with them) and throw the key away or into the Arno River, as a symbol of eternal love. Although signs are posted warning of a 200 Euro fine and the authorities periodically cut the locks off the fences, people still leave locks on fences. This fence was on the lower terrace of the Piazzale, with the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio in the background.

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Florence just after Sunset

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

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Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 6, 2012

Sunset over Arno River, Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo, on the south side of the Arno river, is probably on almost every photographer-tourist’s checklist. It’s easy to see why. If the weather is suitable, you can capture amazing views of Florence at sunset.

Duomo, Florence

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Ponto Vecchio, Florence

Ponto Vecchio, Florence

Duomo, Florence

Because the view is free, this site is very popular with backpackers and students. The first night we climbed up, a couple musicians were entertaining the kids on the large staircase.

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Here’s a short video I took with my iPod. The girls playing rhythm instruments and swinging orange tubes are volunteers from the audience.

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Duomo in Florence at Sunset

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 17, 2012

Florence just after Sunset

This photo was taken on a different night. I can’t believe I actually hiked up to Piazzale Michelangelo twice!

This photo was taken about 20 minutes after sunset (I should have reset my camera clock but I didn’t, so the real time is about 8:21 p.m.). The lights of the Duomo had just gone on and there was enough light left to illuminate the clouds. The palace on the left side of the picture is the Palazzo Vecchio or Palazzo Signoria, the seat of government in Florence since the time of the Medicis. The dark shapes in the background are the Apennine mountains. Although the weather threatened rain several times, the clouds at sunset were wonderful to photograph. We don’t get too many sunsets like this in the desert!

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Sunset over Arno River, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 17, 2012

Sunset over Arno River, Florence

Another photo slightly out of order. It was just easier to deal with the sunset photos first because one has to take so many frames as the sun goes down! It’s a lot of clutter, so I processed the sunset photos first.

I joined the herd of photographers on the terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo, a well-known photog hang-out, waiting for the sun to go down. There was a bank of low-lying cloud that obscured the sun, but just after it disappeared behind the purple cloud the Arno river lit up with unbelievable reds and blues. The bridge in front is the well-known Ponte Vecchio, covered with jewelry shops. The center of the bridge is empty, allowing hundreds of tourists to gather there, illuminating the night with their little point-and-shoot camera flashes, like a cluster of fireflies.

While I was taking photos, two Chinese girls beside me were trying very hard to photograph each other and I could tell, from the tone of their voices, that they weren’t very happy. The flash was getting on people’s nerves, so I turned and said, “Excuse me, but you’ll get much better results if you turn off the flash.” The girl said, “I don’t know how,” so I turned it off for her (it was a Canon DSLR, probably the same model as mine — every tourist in Italy seemed to have one). They struggled a few more minutes with the camera and they still weren’t happy. So I offered to take a couple photos of them (switched to night portrait mode) with the Duomo in the background. They were very happy and went away. ­čÖé ┬áTruly a win-win situation.

A young Israeli woman who was near them thanked me for helping them and we started chatting about cameras. When she told me that she had paid 11,000 NIS (about $3,000) for her L-class lens, I was pleased that my husband was standing nearby. Afterwards he said, “I thought YOUR equipment was expensive.” I just smiled and said, “I’m not in that league….”

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Pampas Grass at Sunset

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 25, 2009

Someone was working on my computer yesterday, trying to debug a program. I took my camera out to the courtyard at work, around dusk. It had rained earlier that day, so the sky was still cloudy. Unfortunately, the pampas grass is surrounded by a fence and has limited access by foot, so I didn’t have much choice in the angles and shots I could take.

Pampas grss at sunset

Pampas grass at sunset

Pampas grass at sunset

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Looking up

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 5, 2009

Yesterday was a “good cloud” day, something we don’t see very often in the desert.

I took this photo when I stepped out to get some cash from the machine. I used a polarizing filter.

Clouds flying south for the winter

Clouds flying south for the winter

I was a bit late for the sunset photo because my window faces east, not west. One person emailed me about the sunset and another person called me. The caller claims that his view of the sunset was more spectacular than what I captured in my photograph, so I was probably late. Also, it’s hard to capture with a camera what someone else sees. Colour and light are very subjective. With a wide-angle lens, one gets too much of the boring parts of the sky. Using the telephoto zoom, which is what I used for this shot, cuts out a lot of the interesting bits at the edges. What can I say — cameras just aren’t the same as the human eye! Getting a sunset at all in this part of the world is a challenge, unless one lives near the coast and the season is right.

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Sunset

I have another basket-weaving class tonight. At least I should be able to post a shot of my finished basket tomorrow morning.

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