New Year in the Holyland

posted on 22nd of september, 2014


Summer is almost over in Israel.
Summer of war, casualties and rockets flying all over the place.
Also the Israeli summer isn't very tourist friendly as the heat limit your choices to Swimming Pool/Sea during the hot hours.

But, like I said, the summer is over, and Israel has a lot more to offer than bombs and territorial/religious/all of the above reasons to fight.
The fall also brings the Jewish new year's eve, and new hope for quieter and happier year.

Even if none of our wishes for the coming year will come true, the cooling temperature and slight breeze allows for extended day trips and I promise you the scenery will remind you that despite all the challenges this is...

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Comments (3)

Posted by Msalena on September 23, 2014
Happy New Year! Let it be year of Health and Peace! Very warm blog and great images!
Posted by Cathyr1 on September 23, 2014
Israel looks like a beautiful country & your photos are lovely. It would be nice to visit some time in the future. I wish for more peaceful times for all who live there.
Posted by Irihodgson on September 22, 2014
My neighbour went to Israel, in July 2014, and is now preparing to live there permanently. Love your images.

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Shooting Food Markets

posted on 25th of september, 2014

One of the most exciting photography sites are food markets.
The usually the products are under open shade which lowers the contrast and boost the colors of the fruits and vegetables.

Although in different countries, the merchants react differently to photographers. In most cases a friendly nod and early eye contact with the merchant will grant you the ability to shoot his/her products.

To make sure your photos will be accepted by dreamstime, make sure you don't have logos or faces in the photo or crop them later.

In my recent trip to Rome I was able to shoot in Campo Di Fiory food market, and I am very pleased with the results.

Try to capture both details and general scenes to increase the interest...

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Posted by Inyrdreams on September 25, 2014
Good article . I love shooting at farmers markets

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The Pareto Principle

posted on 30th of september, 2014

The 80-20 rule (also known as Pareto Principle) states that:
"...For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes..." Wikipedia

Surprisingly, (or unsurprisingly...) this is exactly what's happening in my portfolio. This is not a post about Mathematics, it's about composition and design and appeal. I wonder what are the possible reasons, for why one image sells and others while increase my online portfolio, at the end of the day only helps to that particular image to sell more copies....

My number one online image is this one (it's cropped click for full image):

To be honset, technically it was very simple, I framed, aimed and pressed the shutter. nothing fency like dreaming about this composition...

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Posted by Amitai on October 02, 2014
Thank you for answering my questions and thanks for your kind words.
Posted by Gmargittai on October 01, 2014
Nice portfolio,
Regarding your question I can only provide an opinion.
1. Older images are much easier to find than those you just uploaded
2. People like simple photos. For micro-stock at least. Should not take more than a few miliseconds to grasp it. Round cupolas and minarets suggest the Levant. Done. Message transmitted.

I am trying to come up with simple images, have only the essential. On the other hand it is good to have some negative space for text. It helps if the images are shocking or unexpected. Doesn't always work. It's a mystery.
In my opinion the pumpkins will sell more than the other new ones you showed us.
Posted by Yorgy67 on October 01, 2014
Completely agree with Egomezta! Respect.

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