Welcome Back! After a prolonged break to recharge my creative energies, I am pleased to resume my Photo of the Week blog. As in the past, I invite you to join me for a weekly foray into the natural beauty of the land of Israel and the photographic process. Feel free to share this email with all the photography buffs in your life.
HOW I GOT THE SHOT: I have to confess I have been holding this photo for several years in a folder entitled “Blog Candidates,” not sure if I liked it enough to write about it. The image was taken on a lovely January morning while hiking Wadi Arugot in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. For reasons I will try to explain, it has finally matured in my eyes.
Walking the canyons of Israel’s deserts, a hiker can crane his neck and spy a view like this at almost any time. So the image needed something to distinguish it from the typical scenes frequently encountered in the desert. The wispy clouds are just the ticket, adding energy and motion that offset the static mountain, which I minimized in the composition to maintain emphasis on the alluring sky. Like many images, it took repeated viewings to appreciate the nuances of the beauty of this morning. I also realized I hadn’t hiked this canyon for some time, so perhaps seeing this photo made me want to return, at least virtually, via the magic of photography.TECHNICAL DATA: Camera: Nikon D70, tripod mounted, manual exposure, center-weighted metering mode, f14 at 1/400th sec., ISO 200. Raw file converted to Jpeg. Lens: Nikon 18-70 zoom at 25mm. Date: Jan. 23, 2007, 11:03 a.m. Location: Arugot Canyon, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Judean Desert.