December 09, 2009

Photo of the Week: Dec. 9, 2009

HOW I GOT THE SHOT: An old man leaned in to me and whispered in my ear, "I know where you can get 10 for 10 shekels." A good price, indeed, I thought, but I told him, "I don't eat 'em, just shoot 'em." One of the cultural bumps many American immigrants to Israel seem never to hurdle is the idea that donuts symbolize Chanukah. We have too much health consciousness ingrained in our souls to ever enjoy an oil-soaked donut guilt free. Israelis, on the other hand, buy them by the box. Well, they do look good and smell delicious and kids love 'em.

This shot was taken with one of my new kit toys, a digital remake of the classic Nikon 50 mm f1.4 lens. The huge aperture allows for shooting in natural light in almost any situation, especially when you can raise the camera's ISO to 1600 or more without degrading image quality. I left the ISO at 400, however, because this tray of freshly baked sufganiyot were on display near the front of the bakery, where light poured in through a huge window looking out onto Agrippas Street in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda market. I opened up to f2.8, which squashed the depth of field and formed a nice blurred background, perfect for overlaying the holiday greeting.

May the light of the menorah renew our faith in miracles.


Shimshonit said...

My husband and I photographed the magnificent sufganiyot (probably at the same shop) a couple of weeks ago. I love the ironic wishes for a "healthy" Chanukah juxtaposed with the incredibly unhealthy, trans-fats-filled doughnuts. Beautiful shot.

Melissa said...

Oh my, this picture looks good enough to eat. A lot less calories that way, too.

I live in Idaho, USA and there are no kosher jelly doughnuts for us, unless we make them ourselves.


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