Photo101: Landmark

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So many big and important places. This is a small landmark that has personal significance for me. Since I am sure that most of my visitors don’t read Hebrew, I’ll translate

The First Kiosk

My husband’s family came here in the very early 1900’s from Russia. My father-in-law (z”l) was born there while his younger brother (now 88) was born here. Both boys helped their mother run the kiosk after their father passed away suddenly. By the time my husband was born, the kiosk was long since gone, but the boulevard where it stood continues to be a shady and welcoming place for both old and young.

Photo101: Connect

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This snapshot was taken on the morning of our last day in Amsterdam. My daughter, who I had not seen for a few months, and I were on our way to have breakfast before heading to the new wing of the Rijksmuseum. For me the shadow play was too hard to resist.

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Photo101: Bliss

This is an easy one for me, but again I find I need to post from the web and not the WP app since I can’t seem to directly share to WP from Instagram. (Boo!) If nothing else, it gives me an opportunity to show you how to embed an Instagram on your site.

Need to spend more time here, more often #sunset #israel

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If you put your ear up to the screen and close your eyes, you should be able to hear the sursurrus of the ocean as it swells and recedes, sucking your feet into the wet sand while you stand and watch the sunset at the shore’s end.

Photo101: Water

Oh, water! I suppose I could have posted one of my Norwegian fjord or waterfall pictures from May, but I’m really trying to keep up with the spirit of Photo101 and snap new photos as a part of the assignments. If nothing else, it is really forcing me to look for “photo ops” during my limited free time while travelling to work or home. (Maybe it should be called Photo101 Scavenger Hunt!)

While we had rain overnight, by the time I was out and about most of it was in the process of drying up. So here’s my photo for today’s assignment, Water.

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9.3MB straight from the Camera (4128×3096); 14.6MB (Holy Cow!) after editing in Pixlr Express (same dimensions as original) and 2MB after uploading to WPcom (1600 px on the long side).

I’ve cheated just a bit today though. I’m creating my post online from the WPcom Dashboard rather than my phone since I’m so pressed for time, but the photo was edited in Pixlr Express, uploaded and inserted via my phone.

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Interlude: Why Mobile?

During our long trip abroad to Norway and Germany at the end of May (was it only in May?!) I took the opportunity to upgrade my failing 3 year-old smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Ace, to a much newer Galaxy S4 with more memory and a higher resolution screen and camera. My phone now has a higher resolution camera than my Canon PowerShot S100.

If I look at my photographing trends over the past 2 years, I seem to have become a point-and-shoot photographer, for good or bad, but it does force me to ask the question of why I carry around 2 cameras when heading out. I can almost compare it to why I drive a car with an automatic shift as opposed to a stick shift. It lets me concentrate on what’s happening around me without needing to set up my camera for each scene, which usually escapes me by the time I’m ready to shoot with manual settings. When talking about snapshot photography, does it really matter whether the photo was taken with a high-end DSLR or a high-end Lumix cameraphone?

Each camera has its strengths and weaknesses and, of course, there are things that a point-and-shoot just cannot do because of the lens (although that may be changing). Again using the car analogy, I know I’ll never win the Grand Prix with my Toyota, but then again I’m not trying to. I’m just trying for the best shot I can get with the camera I have in hand. Ultimately I think that is what most photographers try to do.

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Photo101: Street Scene

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Edited in Snapseed, the final image was 5.3MB on my phone, but 2MB after selecting a smaller image size when uploading to WPcom.

Today was my first day back at work after my brief holiday abroad and I kept asking myself where en route I could possibly find a high point to grab an “establishing shot”. Needless to say that didn’t happen. This is the street scene that is part of my everyday.