Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rosh Pina Alley

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Back to Rosh Pina again for this week's image. I can't help myself, the old town's stone buildings and alleyways are just perfect for sepia, don't you think? For this one I used optikVerve Lab's Virtual Photographer plugin in Photoshop Elements to turn the image into sepia, tweaked it a bit here and there, and then did some selective burning to increase the contrast. I'm nearly out of "bronzable" photos from that trip though, I'm afraid I'm either going to have to go away again (I wish) or find myself a new gimmick soon.
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23 comments:

Tim and Vicky said...

I love old buildings. In the States, something may be approximately 300 years old. However, that is fairly new to many places around the world.

SandyCarlson said...

The effect is very nice. Timeless! What a beautiful land.

Neas Nuttiness said...

What a lovely old alleyway.

Marguerite said...

What a beautiful picture! I really love the charm of old buildings.

Jientje said...

I love little alleyways like that, and they are perfect for sepia, that's true!

Felisol said...

I will not even act as if I am familiar with the terms "sepia" or
"bronzable".
I would have been happy if the knowledge made me able to make pictures like this; the ancient days atmosphere, the depth in scenery, the vivid life of the cut stones.
Hope you'll keep up the good work.
From Felisol

Carletta said...

This definitely works. A very quaint passageway.
Old stone is timeless and that makes it perfect for the sepia.
Very nice.

Dirk said...

Very nice picture, perfect fit foor sepia.

ilanadavita said...

Very beautiful! I agree old streets are perfect for sepia effects.
Is your family from Hungary? I visited Budapest 3 years ago and loved the place and its historical feel.

Robin said...

My father's whole family is (was) from Hungary. No one is left there today (the last of the family got out in '56), but we've visited several times on both holiday and "roots" visits. My parents came with us for one trip and we were able to visit the town my grandparents came from (S.A. Ujhely) and even locate my grandfather's school report card in the municipal archives! (Marked as "Jew" - he was the only Jewish student in the local Catholic high school.)

It's a wonderful country, I've enjoyed my visits there very much.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like this, Robin. Yes, Rosh Pina - and probably a LOT of Israel - is perfect for Sepia. Lucky you to live in a place with soooo much history and so many photogenic places.

I'll have to check out Virtual Photographer. I'm hoping it's compatible with the Mac version. ;-)

Mojo said...

I concur! Perfect subject. And a wonderful composition too. It has an almost voyeuristic vibe to it that I find highly appealing. I think that probably comes from the focal plane being almost in background and the alley itself in front of the focal plane being "soft".

Wonderful shot!

Jan said...

Wonderful, I feel as if I'm falling forward, when I look at it.

Carmi said...

You've captured a wonderful spirit in this shot. I want to walk down this alley and feel what it's like to be there. In the absence of that, however, the picture does an incredible job conveying much the same thing.

BTW, your post about your Ashdod trip was incredibly moving. May your friend know no further sorrows.

Dianne said...

your effects really add to what I assume is already a breathtaking scene - the old stones must have such a warm feel to them

your perspective is wonderful - makes me feel I am standing there

naliniprasanna said...

Loved the depth in this picture and the way its standing so tall. Great shot again!

This Eclectic Life said...

I wish I could just watch you taking pictures. I bet I could learn tons just from seeing how you frame the shots. You are so good. Love the sepia...

Rose said...

Robin, I sure hope everyone enlarges this. It is fabulous when enlarged. And yes, perfect for sepia.

Scribbit said...

Beautiful--and I didn't know your father's family was from Hungary. How did I miss that?

Liz Thompson at This Full HOuse, her family also is Hungarian.

Babs (Beetle) said...

What a beautiful shot, and just perfect for sepia!

maryt/theteach said...

Robin, great shot and great editing work! Happy Sepia Scenes!

JewWishes said...

This is lovely, with an old world look to it.

Janet said...

I love pictures of walkways...how pretty!