Israel Yosef  

Ruins of the Roman Empire in northern Israel by Israel Yosef

November 2021 - Ruins of the Roman Empire in northern Israel

November 2021 - Israel Yosef


About the Image(s)

I am a member of a group of photographers. We have a group leader - he is both a photographer and a tour guide. He organizes a photo session for us once a month in interesting places in Israel. We meet at 5 am, meet the sunrise, move from place to place, take pictures, study and picnic all together. I photographed these ruins of a Roman fortress in the north of Israel near an ancient cemetery.

I shoot in RAW format and process with Lightroom: basic adjustment, detail, texture, etc. Then I convert to B&W in Alien Skin Exposure 7 - B&W Infrared - Fog (modified)

Camera settings: Leica Q2. ISO 100, 1/800s, f/16, 28mm, lens: SUMMILUX 1:1.7/28ASPH.

15 comments posted

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Israel, I love this image! I am fascinated by shots through doors and windows because of the way light falls through the openings. Here you have an opening to an opening, which gives my eye a lot to explore. The backlighting silhouettes the wall nicely and allows me to appreciate the detail in the clouds. Nice job.   Posted: 11/02/2021 16:55:37

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Bunny,

I'm glad you liked my photo.

Thank you so much for your comment.

Israel   Posted: 11/03/2021 07:04:26

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Israel! Brilliant use of Light & Shadow to create a unique and engaging Abstract-like narrative. Bravo!   Posted: 11/05/2021 09:21:59
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Lance,

It is a great honor for me to receive a compliment from the master.

Thank you very much .

Israel   Posted: 11/05/2021 13:32:37

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Well done Israel. A perfect use of silhouettes and the light coming thru the doorway leads my eye into the back of the image. The floor (stone) patterns are also a nice bonus and the jagged edges of the roof line give a hint as to the age of the structure.   Posted: 11/07/2021 19:56:30
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Bob,

Cool vision and description.
I really liked it.
You taught me a different vision.

Thank you very much.


Israel   Posted: 11/09/2021 11:02:31
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
You are welcome, My Friend.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:35:52

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

This is a very clever composition. The dark ruins, the view through the entrance into the mid-ground and the light spilling onto the stonework, the clouds are all top notch.

I would remove the stone object on the right that is between the ruins and the archway in the distance since it is only a partial image.

FYI: if you go to this spot again, position yourself so the archway in the distance is more centered.

Well done

Emil   Posted: 11/11/2021 12:43:28
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Emil,

I really like your recommendations, you always teach me new things.
Thank you very much.
Perhaps I will go to this place again, now we have autumn and maybe there will be interesting clouds.

All the best.
Israel   Posted: 11/12/2021 00:40:38

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
not too much to add to what the others have said, as I quite agree - I really like the darkness in the foreground contrasted with the lightness in the background - very effective in black and white.
Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/13/2021 09:41:09
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Leah,

Thank you for taking the time to write me your opinion.


Israel   Posted: 11/13/2021 09:52:06

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
You are a lucky photographer to have an opportunity to go with a pro once a month to different locations. Your photography has grown by leaps and bounds because of this.

I really like the approach taken to capture the light and the doorway. You had great clouds and something of interest in the doorway that adds the necessary depth to the image.

My only question is, the silhouette is jet black and solid void of texture. What would the photo look like if you opened up those shadows just a tiny bit so you could see a hint of the texture of the stone?

  Posted: 11/13/2021 10:29:04
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi LuAnn,
In the original source, the foreground was light and the texture of the stone was visible.
My idea was to darken the front wall to focus on the arch in depth, then the mountains ...
I like your idea, I will definitely try.

Thank you very much.

Israel   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:06:17

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Brilliant! Your use of the silhouette was outstanding. And using the doorway for framing was excellent and provided a point of interest for an amazing image. Very well done, Israel!

I wondered if darkening the sky might pull the viewer's eyes more to the doorway. When I tried that, it seemed dull and unsuccessful. So, instead, I attempted to darken the sky AND make it more dramatic. At the same time, I played with the light on the path leading to the door. Not sure if it comes across as "overdone". Your thoughts?

  Posted: 11/16/2021 21:13:23
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Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Oliver,
You are right as always, I like your idea and the editing of the photo.
Indeed, the lightening of the doorway attracts the eye.

Thank you for your comment.

All the best to you and that family.

Israel   Posted: 11/17/2021 03:17:38


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