The Sunday Snap 4

The them for this week in 52 week smartphone challenge is Warmth which shouldn’t not have been hard to create an image considering Australia is pretty hot and dry, and we have a 3 day long weekend where most Aussies will spend it at the beach or next to the pool cooking a barbecue.  

Every now and then, you spot something a little out of the ordinary and this guy certainly fitted that criteria. Never have I seen someone riding a skateboard whilst using an umbrella!

Straight of camera smartphone

I pulled over, grabbed the phone and captured the above photo which was taken as cars whizzed past almost obscuring this odd view.

The image was cropped, shadows lightened (pants and shoes), It was a pretty bright day and lowering the brightness and exposure created results that I wasn’t happy with hence I have left it as photographed. I used the mobile app, Snapseed to process the image.

Let me know in the comments section what you use to process your cell phone shots.

Happy Sunday

The Beach in Tel Aviv

I bet you weren’t thinking of a beach when you thought of Tel Aviv, Israel but thoughts of conflicts, riots and soldiers come to mind. Oh, what a surprise Tel Aviv was!

Nailing it

Tel Aviv does indeed have a beach with a promenade filled full of life. It’s about 4 – 5 kilometres long and may take several hours to walk, but it is not hard to fill those hours with street photo opportunities, as they are plentiful.

Street Telephoto

Walking the promenade you will find many street cafes and restaurants, some with small bars that provide an opportunity to sit down and rest with a cold beer while you watch the world go by. I also found the promenade is most active in the afternoon filling with people who have come to enjoy a meal with family and friends or to simply watch the sunset on another day.

Long Reach

This photo of the boxers took a number of attempts to achieve. Unfortunately, this meant that I spent longer photographing the scene to capture the precise moment which resulted in me being asked if I was getting some good shots. It turned out that all three of these gents were ex-pats, two Australians and one American who are working in Israel. What was even more surprising was that the all of us Aussies were from the same city back in Australia. What are the odds?

The Three Stooges

Some times, keeping your back to the beach pays off with photographic opportunities such as the three gents all crammed onto the bench. They stood out like a sore thumb, and they were just waiting to be photographed and it just had to be captured, and this is my favourite photo from the trip.

America Calling

I also found most people don’t mind having their photo taken but there was a nagging feeling street photography is not a big thing in Israel. This may be because of the ongoing conflict involving Israel may be viewed with suspicion and I can’t be sure but street photography may not be culturally acceptable in Israel.

Oh, and don’t forget to turn around and watch the sunset, because you never know you another photographic opportunity stop right in front of you.

Happy Shooting.

The Chaos of Mardi Gras

I’m pretty sure someone said ‘Bring a milk crate!’ but didn’t and wished we had because everyone was standing on them and the crowd was about 10 deep. It was impossible to even get close to the front and that’s when I realised that the milk crate would have definitely come in handy. We would have been able to see the parade and all that goes on around it. To add to the Mardi Gras is chaos of not just the people watching but also the people participating in the parade and I highly recommend that you get there a few hours early to get a decent spot or when the roads are closed to get a great spot. 4 Ladies

These 4 Ladies had been up and down the street a few times and I was unsure if they were going to be a part of the parade or they were just having fun, either way they were more than happy to have their photos taken.

2 Mardi Gras WarriorsThe Warriors of Mardi Gras is what I have called them and there costumes were pretty good. I asked them for a quick photo and all 4 stopped so I could grab a quick photo which turned into the crowd becoming the Paparazzi pulling the cameras and phones out taking snaps. These lads were happy to oblige with one woman shoving her phone into my hand so she could pose with them.
Mardi Gras

Even some people who were on their way to the start point of the parade were overwhelmed by sheer number of people who stopped and asked them to pose for photos with them. Happy Girl

And some people didn’t even need any prompting but rather pose for the camera from the start. Hope everyone had a great Mardi Gras and next year I’m bringing a milk crate !