Shooting an event helped me love my digital camera again.

Sometimes good things come from an unexpected side. A couple of weeks ago the company I’m working for had an event for the kibbutz it’s based in, and I was asked to take some pictures despite the fact they had invited a photographer.

I’m not a professional in the sense that I don’t do gigs but this case was different so I agreed.

To be honest, it wasn’t the first time I was asked to do something like that. I made a short video of the Purim carnival several months ago, but no photos. This time it was right up my alley.

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Things you see when hiking in a desert


Olympus 35DC, Fujicolor Superia X-tra 800.Elifaz, 2016.
One of the greatest leisure activities we have in our desert is hiking. Because it’s scorchingly hot from June to September, it’s only in autumn and spring when we really can enjoy this. But when we do go out it is an …

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Sukkah

Huawei P9, Leica Dual Camera, Monochrome

This week’s photo challenge coincides with the week of Sukkot holiday, and in this respect, it was quite easy to decide what photo to choose.

About two years and a half ago I moved to Israel and since then it’s become my new home. As they say, your home is where your heart is, and it is quite a challenge to find where your heart is in the new country.

Those two years were anything but easy, but recently it started to get a little better. And speaking of the heart, this cozy and almost family like atmosphere of Jewish holidays is what I like the most.

In this shot made last Sunday, you can see a sukkah, a simple shelter that is traditionally built for the holiday with palm tree branches on top. Not everyone builds this at home and a few prefer to spend the whole week eating and sleeping there as the tradition requires, but in many kibbutzim they build a huge sukkah near the dining hall and dine there.

In this particular kibbutz they also prey in the sukkah instead of the synagogue, and this is exactly the moment I captured here. Very homey and very cozy. Local.

Dance to the music!

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It’s not very often these days when I get a chance to take pictures in the street. Today was special. My family and I went to the seafront and walked along the shore. At some place we saw a street musician playing saxophone. I wanted to take a photo of him but suddenly some boys passing by started dancing to the music. Amazing!

I shot “from the hip”, so I couldn’t actually see the photo I was gonna take until I saw it on the camera’s display, and I wouldn’t get a second chance as the situation changed really fast. All the dancing was spontaneous and took only a minute.

Dance

Under pressure

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It’s been awhile since I posted any photos and this is the reason why: since last week I’m living in a hot country of Israel and  two weeks before that we spent trying to pack all the necessary stuff.

Now I hope I’ll be able to post some interesting pics of local life.

By the way, this photo was made right from my stairs in the midday. This poor dog tried to cool off in the shade under air conditioning.