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Bottom Up, Churches and Viewpoints - Photography Workshop


Description: The old city of Jerusalem is intriguing and offers an unparalleled abundance of photography opportunities. Its buildings and population, the changing lights, its colors are all a photographer’s heaven. Hello!!! I'm Pini, an experienced photographer specializing in street and stage-arts photography. I love telling stories through images; I love talking about the art of photography; and I love to travel. The combination of these three loves is what brought this workshop to life. Now I’m inviting you to join me for a journey of photo shooting as we explore the hidden secrets that nestle in the narrow streets of old Jerusalem. I’ll take you through Jerusalem’s famous sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Ethiopian Church and to the places it keeps concealed. We’ll hone our photography skills, find new perspectives, create new compositions and of course, explore the perfect spots for the perfect picture. Take your mobile phone (you can bring your camera too :)), grab your good walking shoes and join me in a photographic workshop adventure
Languages: EN, HE
Distance
1.28 km
Duration
2h 7 m
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Jaffa Gate our Meeting Point, Jerusalem
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Hello, I'm Pini - your photography guide today. Nice to meet you :). Before we start some info on out route and how to use the application Our route has a starting point, 17 points of interest and an end point which is located in the same place as the starting point. In each point you will find: - A route map is embedded that together with written walking directions you will find your way easily - A panorama view that will help you to make sure you arrived at the next point - Instructions, explanations and Illustrative photos - you can also press the “PLAY” button and I or Cindy my friend will read them for you (depends on who is on duty today :)) - Additional information elaborating on the place you are at The navigating from point to point is through the NEXT / PREVIOUS buttons We are now in Jaffa Gate, some information about this place you can read in the link below. Before we start some initial photography tips: 1. Clean your lens!!! Your mobile is frequently in your pockets and therefore may not be clean - so take a soft fabric and clean now your lens. 2. Stability is important to take sharp and not fuzzy photos. So, today when you will take photos please hold your mobile with both hands. In this way you will reduce the motion blur. 3. Before you take a photo, think - why do you want to shoot? Is it something funny, something that makes you sad or there is something you want to say. Now after you figure out why, take the photo. Some SAFETY information - The streets of the old city of Jerusalem are paved with uneven stones and therefore watch your step as you go and bring with you good walking shoes that well support your feet. In addition please watch your belongings and valuables. Let's go!!! We head towards the market entrance. Enter through the gate, you are on David street - on your right you will see the Tower of David. You can start taking photos of what you see around you. Hold your mobile with both hands and think why do you want to take the photo you are about to shoot. Walk about 100 meters to the market entrance.
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Market Entrance, Old City Jerusalem
Market Entrance, Old City Jerusalem
We are now entering the market. It is very colorful so enjoy the atmosphere and take photos. Our directions is downwards towards the market, please find a nice place to stop after about 30 meters. I'll wait for you there to discuss how to take photos of small objects.
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Small objects photography (Portrait option) in the market of the Old City Jerusalem
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Sometimes you want to photograph small objects. Let me show you a cool way to do it - the object will be sharp and the background fuzzy, so the attention of the viewer will be on the object you would like to highlight. In your camera's control options, at the bottoms of the screen, you will find beside the "Camera" option also "Portrait" option - you may need to slide left or right to find it. You can see the "Portrait" option in the screenshot of Lucy our little dog. This is called shallow depth of field. Be advised that this option is available on the majority of new smartphones. So you may not be able to shoot in Portrait mode. Now when you will select this option your photos will have the effect of a sharp image and a fuzzy background like the nice elephant photo. This option is very good, of course, for people's portrait photography - you can also try this now. Let's continue downwards, look for the left turn to the Christian street. I'll wait for you at the junction of David street and Christian street
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To the Christian street, Jerusalem
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Let's talk about perspective. Before we start let's add one more element to your camera. It is called Grid and you can find it in your camera's settings. Please select the 3 x 3 option. When you take a photo try and place the main object in one of the 4 intersections as you can see in the "flowers on the window" photo. This is called the "Rule of the Thirds" and you can read more information in the attached link. Now look at the Christian street from the place you are in and take 2 photos. The first from standing height, and then bend and take the same photo from a lower angle- see the examples I attached. Which angle looks better to you? Did you know that when you take a photo of a person from a lower angle and you shoot upwards, the person looks much more powerful - see Lenin's photo I added as an example. Try as you continue photographing in the street' using both the standing and the bending angles and find in each situation which works better for you. Continue for about 80 meters until you will see that the pavement changes to an ancient pavement with large stones. I'll wait for you there.
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Ancient Roman Pavement, Old City Jerusalem
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The Christian Quarter Road is a central and ancient street in the old city and specifically in the Christian Quarter. This can be concluded from the length and width of the street in relation to the other streets of the old city. It was a wide street constructed during the Roman period, when Jerusalem became a Roman pagan city named “Ilya Capitolina”. Excavations conducted in this street after 19 67 exposed large and slotted paving stones dating back to the end of the Roman era (end of the 3rd century/beginning of the 4th century). Continue for about 40 meters and turn right to Saint Helena Rd.
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To the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem
To the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem
The shops at Saint Helena Rd. sell many religious elements - you can definitely smell by now the incense. At the end of the short road (when it turns left) stop and look ahead towards the Mosque of Omar.
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Shooting an element inside another, Mosque of Omar Jerusalem
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You are now in front of the Mosque of Omar - you can read about it in the link below. It is nice to shoot one element inside another. Try and take a picture of the finger inside the metal gate as shown in the photo above. Photography of one element inside another can be fun, look for this as you go - you may find the barber shop along your way :) Let's continue down the road. I'll meet you at the square in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher's entrance
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher entrance, Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulcher entrance, Jerusalem
You are now in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Please take a look ahead - can you see a ladder? As a result of the Status Quo between the different factions of the church, a ladder placed before 17 57 remains in place to this day. Please walk towards the entrance.
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher entrance - Entrance to the staircase
Church of the Holy Sepulcher entrance - Entrance to the staircase
Just as you enter through the big wooden doors turn right and climb up the stairs. I will wait for you upstairs.
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Upside-down Selfie in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem
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You are now at the XIII station of the cross where the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross. Take few minutes to document this amazing place. The ceiling here is beautiful, let me teach you a trick that will help you to capture it in the most effective way - we call it upside-down selfie. Press the change lens icon from back to front lens so you will see your face now (selfie mode) Hold your mobile below the ceiling you want to photograph and shoot. There is an advanced option which requires you to place your mobile on the floor. IMPORTANT: if you decide to try this you will do it at your own risk as people may step on your mobile-phone and damage it. It goes like this - change in the settings the timer to 3 seconds, make sure the area is clear of people who may step on your mobile. Again, if you decide to do this trick, it is AT YOUR OWN RISK. Place your mobile on the ground, press the shutter bottom, step back and make sure no one will get into the picture - after 3 seconds you will have a beautiful ceiling photo like the one I attached. Let's continue on this floor to the Derision Chapel which is just around the corner where we will do candle photography.
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Candles in Derision Chapel, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Candles in Derision Chapel, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The warm light of the candles give the photos a special atmosphere. Take photos from both sides and pay attentions to the shadows the candle light creates on the faces of the people (especially the elder ones). When you are done, take the stairs down and turn right to Saint Vartan Chapel. After about 100 meters you will see on your right stairs that are going down. Take them. I'll meet you down there.
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Mosaic in Saint Vartan Chapel, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Mosaic in Saint Vartan Chapel, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Here at the Saint Vartan Chapel you will find a beautiful mosaic and and an amazing ceiling. Take a look around and when you are done go up the stairs and turn right. In about 120 meters I'll meet you at the Aedicula temple of the Holy Sepulcher
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Aedicula temple, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Aedicula temple, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The aedicula , according to Christian religious tradition, is where the body of Jesus was buried. Try and find the place where I took the upside-down selfie here and try to do the same. Leave now through the big wooden doors you entered through, and go straight to the end of the square and turn left and leave through the small door. Proceed about 50 meters to the Redeemer Church which is located on your right.
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Church of the Redeemer, Old City Jerusalem
Church of the Redeemer, Old City Jerusalem
You are now in front of the Church of the Redeemer, the 360 degrees view from its tower top is breathtaking - probably one of the best viewpoints of the old city. Going up the tower requires paying admission fee and climbing lots of steps !!! Go up, you will enjoy the view.
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View from the Church of the Redeemer, Old City Jerusalem
View from the Church of the Redeemer, Old City Jerusalem
You made it !!! Walk around the 4 balconies, in each you will see different view of the city. When you are done go down, and turn left when you are out of the church and walk towards David Street. Turn right on David Street, the market street we arrived from.
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Back to Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
Back to Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
You are back in the market we visited at the beginning of our workshop. Go up David street. about 400 meters until you reach Jaffa Gate where we met.
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End Point, Jaffa Gate Jerusalem
End Point, Jaffa Gate Jerusalem
We are back to Jaffa Gate - if the harp player is there please tell her hello from Pini. I truly hope you enjoyed the last couple of hours, and the things you learned today will help you to express yourself better visually in this great art of Photography. You are welcomed to send me your feedback , comments and recommendations to pinisnir@gmail.com as well as visit my web page www.photosnir.com See you at the next photography workshop !!!
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