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My Very Own Unboxing Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 23, 2014

Western Wall, Jerusalem

A friend and coworker made this short video of my photo going up on the wall of his home office (that means it’s also in the background for his conference calls and on-line meetings). I feel like I’m right up there with the new iPhone! ­čÖé

The photo is an HDR rendering of the Western Wall, from 2010. I’ve never seen one of my works printed on 20×30″ canvas before. I’m really bad about printing my photos because I’m always chasing the “next, best” image.

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Rainy Day in the Old City

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 26, 2014



These photos were taken in mid-March during a heavy rain. The first four were taken at the Western Wall.


A group of Nigerian Christian women wore skirts made of this orange fabric. Peter Obi, the man whose face is strategically positioned on the back, was governor of Anambra State in Nigeria. This photo was taken about a week before the end of his second term of office.


Church of the Holy Sepulchre, photographed from the roof of the Petra Hotel near Jaffa Gate.


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Jerusalem Day, 2011

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 5, 2011

Jerusalem Day 2011

I suppose this photo could be called “Dancers in Front, Daveners [pray-ers] in Back”. I took a few photos of the Jerusalem Day march.

Jerusalem Day 2011

An animated discussion by the Paratroopers’ Memorial. I’m not sure what these guys were discussing but they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Jerusalem Day 2011

Jerusalem Day 2011

I love photographing tourists:

Jerusalem Day 2011

Damascus Gate. Pity it was under scaffolding, as it’s the most elaborate of the Old City gates:

Jerusalem Day 2011

Four girls coming through the Damascus Gate. Actually the girls’ route was to the Dung Gate on the other side of the Old City but things got a bit confused by this point.

Jerusalem Day 2011

Jerusalem Day 2011

The Western Wall plaza was really crowded, so we went up the steps to one of the streets overlooking the plaza. I created this panorama from three photos (click to view a larger version on Flickr):

Western Wall, Jerusalem Day 2011

Jerusalem Day 2011

Jerusalem Day 2011

Incidentally, the archaeological site in the foreground of the photo above a newly discovered secondary branch of the Cardo (Roman marketplace). Ancient maps show that the Cardo had several branches, but until recently their location was unknown. A few of the other photos are in my Flickr set.

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Western Wall Tunnels

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 30, 2011

Aqueduct, Western Wall Tunnels

This morning a group of us from work went on a tour of the Western Wall tunnels as part of a project celebration. The tunnel network runs along the full length of the western side of the Temple Mount (Har haBayit), close to half a kilometer. The virtual tour on the Kotel Web site has a virtual tour with a map and video clips (runs in Internet Explorer only). Wikipedia has a short article on the history of the excavation. The photo above was taken near the far end of the tunnel, in the Herodian aqueduct.

The photo below shows our group listening to a guide describing the stones. They are photographed in front of the largest stone (just behind their heads), also called the Western Stone: “Weighing 517┬átonnes (570), it is one of the largest building blocks in the world. The stone is 13.6 meters (44.6 feet) long, 3 metres (9.8 feet) high and has an estimated width of 3.3 meters (10.8 feet).” It is also described as one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by human beings without the aid of powered machinery.

You can see the incised edges of the ashlar masonry, beautifully fitted together without mortar. It’s really impressive!

Largest Stone, Western Wall Tunnels

A mechanized model of the Temple Mount was used to show how the terrain changed over the years as the area around the portico was filled in and built up during the medieval period.

Model of Temple Mount, Western Wall Tunnels

Two teenage girls pray on the women’s side of Wilson’s Arch.

Wilson's Arch, Western Wall Tunnels

A very long tunnel…. It runs along the western wall, from the Great Hall to the Herodian street.

Long Tunnel, Western Wall Tunnels

The next photo shows the vaulted ceiling over the Herodian street. There are a couple columns in the wall, but it was too small and dark to get a really good photo of the whole room without a wide angle lens, which I hadn’t brought.

Ceiling over Herodion Street, Western Wall Tunnels

Another photo of the aqueduct, this time with some of group for scale.

Aqueduct, Western Wall Tunnels

The aqueduct leads to the Struthion (from the Greek word for sparrow) pool, a water reservoir built by Herod the Great in the first century BCE.

Strouthion Pool, Western Wall Tunnels

Strouthion Pool, Western Wall Tunnels

Strouthion Pool, Western Wall Tunnels

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HDR in the Old City, Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 21, 2010

What can you do with a site that’s been photographed a million times? Well, if you happen to show up during a tsunami, that’s one option. Or the building of the Third Temple — that’s another but rather hard to mark in your calendar. I decided to try a little HDR.

This view of the Old City was taken on a slightly cloudy day (love those clouds for HDR!) from the roof of the Aish haTorah yeshiva building. I used three exposures.

Old City of Jerusalem

This photo of the Kotel (Western Wall) was generated from a single RAW file because it was the only way I could deal with all the movement, in this case, all the people walking through the plaza. Sure, it looks quite unnatural. I chose the surreal look because the Kotel has been done so often.

Western Wall, Jerusalem

The Dale Chihuly glass installation in the atrium of Aish haTorah was done with three separate exposures. I post-processed it to look a bit more natural, so you can actually see the colours, shading, and texture of the glass that would otherwise have been obscured by the shadows.

Chihuly Installation

For the sake of comparison, here’s an unprocessed photo of the installation.

Chihuly Glass Installation

All three photos were processed with Photomatix 3.0. Camera was hand-held.


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