October 02, 2013

Photo of the Week: Sept. 18, 2013

HOW I GOT THE SHOT: It's the time of year again for the ritual of assiduous inspection of the leaves, branches and fruit that combine to form the four species of Sukkot. The color and creative carpentry of this week-long festival is spiced by the commandment to be joyful. Are we just happy that Yom Kippur is behind us for another 12 months or do we truly celebrate our return to Jerusalem and the blessings that permeate our lives?

This photograph evolved from a series of situational constraints. The residents of Jerusalem's religious neighborhoods often frown upon having a camera pointed at them. I needed to shoot from an unnoticed vantage point while still capturing the essence of the activity I witnessed. This shot retains the subject's anonymity while sprinkling a bit of humor on the subject as it documents this man's search for a beautiful Hadas branch.

Moadim L'simcha and Chag Sameach.

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TECHNICAL DATA: Camera: Nikon D70, handheld, manual exposure, center-weighted metering mode, f7.1 at 1/160th sec., ISO 400. Raw file converted to Jpeg. Lens: Nikon 70-300 zoom at 190mm. Date: Oct. 4, 2006 10:37 a.m. Location: Mea She'arim, Jerusalem.

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