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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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Couple Jerusalem Day Videos

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 1, 2011

Happy Jerusalem Day, everyone! Jerusalem Day marks the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. It’s not a civil holiday, like Yom Atzmaut (Independence Day), so I’m at work, but I hope to leave early for the flag dance. The video above is a 6-minute video about what the Western Wall means to Jews by Aish haTorah, a yeshiva based in Jerusalem. Some of it’s a little over the top but it’s still a nicely produced video.

Not on the same scale at all is my video, below. My son was playing in the band from Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School last year, so I went to the flag dance and shot some footage. (My son plays the electric guitar, second from the left in the last section, in front of the gutted Palace Hotel. If you want a challenge, try following a float surrounded by dancing boys, while shooting video and stills!). There are bits of different bands and a group from Kinor David Musical Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem. This year I didn’t bring a video camera, just a DSLR.

Now that I see this video again, I’m starting to regret not bringing the camera and making another video. I use my old Canon PowerShot S5, which is a lot of weight to drag around, in addition to the Rebel XSi. Hmm. Maybe I should start saving for a DSLR that does video, like the Canon T1.

On the other hand, one problem that I have when editing videos with music is that I hear the audio track non-stop, during my waking hours and sometimes in my sleep. It’s like having the worst ear worm you can imagine — it doesn’t fade for months. When I asked a musician friend, he said, “I’ll bet you have perfect pitch, right?” I do have perfect pitch and I think it’s one of the most overrated “gifts” in existence. He said that my hearing the audio track was an indication of unusually keen pitch memory. (He had to stop tuning pianos for the same reason, because he would hear the out-of-tune piano notes playing in his head, over and over.) For me, perfect pitch is a curse.  I really enjoy shooting and editing my own videos but ones with music in them are problematic. Sigh.

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Jerusalem Day Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 18, 2010

I made a video, uploaded it to YouTube, then decided I wasn’t happy with the editing, and deleted it. Yesterday morning I re-edited the footage and uploaded it again to YouTube.

My son (electric guitar, second from the left) and a neighbour’s son are playing in the Netiv Meir band. In the last scenes where the background (lit scaffolding over the gutted shell of the Palace Hotel) appears to be moving, I was walking and recording a moving float. I also took about 700 photographs, so it was a busy evening.

An hour after I said goodbye to my son at the Old City, I got a call from him on a borrowed cellphone, saying that the driver had taken off with their equipment and that the police wanted a license number. So I sat on the steps of the Mamilla mall and went through two cards of photos, until I found a photo with a clear shot of the license plate.  If you’re curious, here’s a link to the photo.

The driver returned the equipment in the morning but my son’s amplifier had been stolen during the night. Someone untied it from the truck and walked away with it. My son also lost his cellphone (he left it on the truck). We’re not very happy about this and are trying to get some kind of compensation for the amplifier but it’s a real headache.

Update (May 21, 2010):

A Google search indicates that the owner of the truck company spent 2.5 years in jail for embezzlement. My husband spoke to him on the phone last night and got nowhere. I think we’ll just drop the matter. It’s not worth the headache for a relatively small sum of money. The boy who hired the truck said his uncle had used this company to have something delivered and had no idea, at the time, that he was dealing with a criminal. Chalk it up as a learning experience!

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