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What do you think of this: Tel-Aviv beach trip

We were on vacation recently. It was more of a stay-cation – we are new to Israel so it was a perfect time for some local tourism. Instead of renting a car and heading to some holiday resort, we slept at home and took day trips. We spent the afternoon of our third day at a terrific beach in Tel-Aviv at the Tel-Aviv Port. It was my first time in the ocean here and I couldn’t believe how warm the water was. I’m not usually a beach person but I think that could change.

We left the beach shortly before it closed and moved up to the boardwalk where we had something to eat and took some photos. I like how some of these came out and I’d love to get some feedback if you have any.

Busy Tel Aviv beach

I had my 18-55mm kit lens and my f1.8 50mm lens with me and I shot this with the kit lens. I’d like to buy a f1.8 35mm lens for the wider angle stuff but the kit lens works pretty well in good light. I like this shot mostly because of the way the beach line almost takes your eyes out to see. This next one does a better job of that and the curvature from the zoom adds something to the shot that I like:

This next one was an experiment with a slower shutter speed. I usually shoot in Aperture priority mode and switched to Shutter Speed priority. I like the effect on the waves but I think there is probably too much motion in the photo to save it. I don’t usually shoot much with a slower shutter speed but I get the feeling a shot needs more prominent, static reference points to prevent the motion from just looking like a blurred shot:

The sun was setting so I spent a bit of time taking photos of the sunset. I like the railing in this photo which I took with my iPhone 5 and debated whether to switch to my DSLR and my 50mm lens with its shallower depth of focus to highlight the railing. That said, this photo didn’t work out too badly:

It sometimes amazes me that my iPhone can take such great photos. I use the VSCOCam app which is a great photo capture and editing app. Here is another photo that I took with my iPhone which came out nicely:

When I looked at this next sunset shot to add to this post I thought it was from my DSLR but its actually another iPhone photo. This kind of quality is why camera quality will always guide my phone choices:

My full set is on Flickr if you’d like to see more. In the meantime, I’d appreciate feedback on the photos, technical or otherwise.

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Changing your perspective

I love these landscapes from my Flickr Explore feed. One of the things I like about landscapes is that they are partly about changing your perspective:

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces by Tracey Rennie

Further From

Further From by John Westrock

PORTO

Porto by Brendan Ō Sé

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Bed-time in space

I am a sucker for astronauts’ photos from space stations around our planet and this bed-time in space photo from Samantha Cristoforetti is spectacular.

Good night from space

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Modi’in under construction

Dimri Towers across from a construction site 3

We live in Modi’in in Central Israel. It is one of the first cities in Israel that was actually planned before being built and it is a terrific city for families with lots of parks and open spaces.

Drilling holes with the city in the background

The city is under construction and is going to receive a few upgrades including a new city center and bus station. The process will still take a couple years but the work underway is changing the city’s face already.

We arrived before the construction began so it is fascinating to watch the city transform itself. Of course I can’t help but document some of the process with photos. I walk through much of the area being developed when I make my way to the central train station every day.

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About that sunset

Here are some of my better photos from that sunset I mentioned in my previous post. I did very little editing to these photos aside from running an initial auto adjustment.

Sunset f3.5 ISO 100 50mm

and

Sunset f5.6 ISO 100 50mm
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Seeing the stars from the International Space Station

This is a striking view from the ISS. Two things stand out for me. The first is how many more stars you can see from space and the second is that bubble around our planet, out atmosphere.

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Morning Moon

The Moon looked particularly enticing this morning and I grabbed my camera and tripod and rushed outside and took a couple photos. They’re not quite the huge Moon you often see from better zoom lenses but these came out ok.

Morning moon-6

Morning moon-1

The rest of my Moon photos are here.