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Friday, 2 March 2007

JPix No 2 : Welcome to the 2nd Jewish Photo Carnival

In beginning JPix carnival no 2, I have to say I'm quite over whelmed how many submissions this carnival has received to date. Its fairly obvious that there is a demand and need to have a Jewish Photo carnival.

Mixing it up!
This particular JPIx carnival, JPIX 2 , I'm going to try a slightly different format. Heck the Carnivals only 2 editions old, and I'd be surprised if you didn't see a lot more variations in the presentation of Photos and content.

Want to Host?

There's still a vacancy for the hosting of JPix 5,
Batya from Me-ander and Shiloh Musings is the Host for the next JPix 3,
Chaim from Life of Rubin is the host for JPix 4 .

If anyone has ever done a Haveil Havalim, Kosher Cooking Carnival, or other type of carnival then you'll be the first to agree hosting a carnival is quite a bit of work.

Yet in hosting a carnival you gain many things which aren't immediately obvious.

These include a huge increase in traffic, blog links to your blog, getting known by the Community and certainly not the least getting to know other fellow Jews and their blogs.

This isn't a definitive list of the benefits of hosting a carnival, but whilst JPix Carnival is a community carnival, those that host it aren't totally un rewarded.

Finally, I must say and state the obvious a carnival is only as good as the people and submissions they send; and the future for JPIx is looking fantastic, without any more speeches lets get right into it.


Welcome to the 2nd JPix
Carnival of Pictures.

Eretz Israel

First of I'd like to draw attention to Joshua who has the Blog Josh's Photos, Josh submitted a stunning photo last month called leaping upon the mountains but the very day I posted the first JPix carnival his blog had a problem and he missed out on the link, his photos are stunning and that's why I've featured Ramon Crater as the featured image for JPix 2.

Josh has some amazing photos of Mount Hermon posted on his blog.

I'm going to start with the slightly quirky Hermon Self Portrait

Make sure you also check out Josh's 'Hermon, Skiing in Israel' and Hermon snow in Israel

Consider adding Josh's Photos to your blog roll he has some exceptional photos

Akiva from Mystical Paths shows in A Small Mound of Dirt and Big Self Hatred some rarely seen perspectives of the area around Mugrabi gate outside the Temple Mount, which has been the focus of Islamic protests.
Above: Area around Mugrabi gate

Reb Nati from Mystical Paths takes us on a inspiring trip to BchaYordan in Just a Simple Day in the Life of Simple Jews

Right: Beauty in Just a Simple Day

Batya's been busy snapping photos, [although she is still being all thumbs on the new camera phone] she sent in this photo essay of a wintery day's walk, Not quite what I had planned...

It's doubtful you could get a better view of the Valley of Shiloh.
Right: Winter rains soak the Valley of Shiloh

Seems she's been me-andering around the neighborhood and through rain, hail, thunder and lightening. Batya seems to have gone Snappy mad, taking so many pictures from the International Book Fair, one could think she forgot what book fairs are for, with all the Photos she took.

Above: Signs of late winter are abundant

But considering she's the proud author of Chapter 18 of the new book Hide and Seek which she proudly holds stating I was there! Where were you? we understand her usual large dose enthusiasm

Right: Batya holding the newly released Hide and Seek

Yisrael Medad from My Right Word has a stunning picture of dawn breaking over Shiloh late last year, title Dawn At Shiloh, click on the blogger picture at his blog to see a size picture that does justice to this image.
Yisrael's neighbour has a spectacular almond tree in full blossom, check out Yisrael's blog to see The Blossoming Almond Tree .

Above: Shiloh at dawn

provided me with another picture Vale of Shiloh which was a large expansive picture of the Shiloh Valley, unfortunately I couldn't find it on My Right Word so I have uploaded it to photo hosting, and by clicking on the small picture you can see it.

Most of you will be aware of the importance of Shiloh in Judaism, but some may not be aware of the amazing mosaics which have been recently found in areas surrounding Shiloh. These archaeological treasures may 'never' have existed if Israelis hadn't become aware of them. Anyway I'll let someone far more qualified take you on this journey of Mosaic treasures.

With thanks to Yisrael Medad

Mosiac Treasures
1.It's Tu B'Av at Shiloh,

from Planet Israel talks about the Ateret Cohanim and their attempts at correcting an injustice one house at a time its a great essay with many photos.

It describes complex negotiations and the motif that persistence finally pays off.

Right: A Jewish man walks past some Arabs

The Temple Mount with the Mount of Olives in the background.

Another of Evan's Photos from his blog, Planet Israel worth seeing.


A Simple Jew has some probing questions on the creative process in Question & Answer with Space Cadet - Creativity

A Simple Jew also requests we consider what appears to be a worthy cause in his article Dancing with Kugels
Above Right: Composition of leaves

Sights, Out and About

What else would you do when near Zion Square than go eating out Kosher, it seems Batya has had the busiest fortnight I've ever seen. There certainly wasn't a lack of colorful characters from her vantage point whilst eating her meal, the sunset on the way home looks breathtaking.

Her thumbs are back as she discovers her new mobile phone doesn't do some things her old phone did. Barely sleeping due to the worry of knowing if her new phone alarm would go off automatically like her old one. A restless sleep, hours fly by, and the new day dawns .

Above: A crimson sunset on returning to Shiloh

SoccerDad shows us some Snow scenes from this February around the home, and not to far away..

Left: lights reflect on refrozen snow

..In a more serious event he reports,in his post believe the road is fixed, that a major leaking main took over a week to fix in Baltimore , the only good coming from it were a couple of nice photos courtesy of SoccerDad.

Why am I thinking of T. S. Elliot?

If you think the snow was heavy or cold at SoccerDad's then your not going to believe what YamLive got up to.
Yamlive goes to Parish NY chasing 9ft deep snow!

Thanks to Chaim from Life of Rubin for pointing the weather vane.

I've heard of storm chasing but 9ft deep snow chasing?

They seem to know how to have fun Yamlive,
they were getting down and getting 'groovy'

from Esser Agaroth pointed out this Jewish blogger, Jewish Nation whom I'm sure a few of you will have never come across. It seems Emanuel is quite a talented if not sporadic photographer. Check out Lost Quarter , which is a brief photoessay of Barcelona's Jewish Quarter.

Right: The Lost Quarter

Mottel shows us a photo from his 'Picture of the week' series of Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia

Its a beautiful photo of the most iridescent greens, the detaill is amazing.

Left: Mottel, not thinking of diving in!

Left: A Drink for the Land

Baleboosteh has a post dealing with the recent heavy rains that her part of Australia recieved. Titled A Drink for the Land its an amazing change from only just recently when she displayed photos showing the drought.

In another series called Early Morning Dew she captures the lace like detasils of fine dew drouplerts hanging from spider webs

Right: Early Morning Dew

In her last series she busts some rather nosey neighbours, who are caught spying!
Busted! Nosey Neighbours Caught Spying!

Family and Friends

A mother in Israel reveals Before and After: A teenage moment , seems the same battles are fought around the world, its good to see some valuable negotiating skills are being fostered.

Above: The Before.

OutofAmmo retells a scary bathroom experience in school and shows us a funny costume which seems to include an element of slapstick. Check it all out here: Costumes and the Haunted Bathroom.

Right: A Funny Costume

Fudge from MTOCATOTHS presents her advertising project, Oh Loretta , which despite the jocularity, is actually very good, do click on the blogger post and check out the larger image.

Left: Go With The Flow

It seems the other miniPT Rafiki from Frozen Cusatard ButterBurgers is Still working on that camera therefore doesn't have any photographs, and will hence forth have 'no recollection of adolescent school years'.

He has a pretty cool Video project, but we dont play Fulaxin videos here!
Right: Fulaxin


Happy 1st Birthday Lola!

Shabot 6000 shares some beautiful photos called Peace with My Niece

Seems Lola was having a big 1 year old party, when Ben Baruch was visitng back home.

Whilst your at Shabot 6000 check out his new Blog currently underconstruction


Jewish Blogmeister
thinks he is on to a good thing with his latest Kosher discovery.
Best of Kosher Food Series: Snapple! , looks like something to keep in mind for next summer.

Sammy from Yid with Lid , reveals some photos that a reader emailed him, they're very topical and to do with the Othomom Lawsuit--Pamela Greenbaum Pictures Judge for yourself .

It's a post on Yid With Lid, you just can't miss out checking,

Left: Pamela Greenbaum

Yael from Aliyah! Step-by-Step: Making a Life in Israel
has It's a girl

"Her picture goes up at the pet store and the vets tomorrow in hopes someone might adopt her in the next 3 days. She’s extremely sweet and loving–anyone know anyone who might want…? Right now she is set up with food, water and a litter box and is happily curled up in the rabbit cuddle. I’ll leave you with a picture of her I took when I brought her home:"

Art fot Arts sake

ASJ has again captured beauty in the everyday mundane with his Black and White Picture of the week [5]

Right: Beauty in the Mundane

TikkunGer presents From the Shadows which is featured on his Flickr account in his Judaica Steam [collection of 47 photos presented autmomatically, An assortment of pictures which are all in some way related to Judaism.]

Left: From the Shadows

Mottels photo of Venezia and World Peace is very evocative of the past gone by, it seems to capture the essence of time passing, as though it is paradoxically a time lapse camera .

Mottel from Letters of Thought submitted the photo under Travel, but personally its such an exceptional photo, I have placed it in the Art category.

Right: of Venezia and World Peace

Mottel also has his Picture of the Week [8] The Old Jewish quarter of Lublin

"The lady walking forlornly down the cobblestone streets of a former bastion of Judaism struck a cord in me that resonated with the emotions of Majdanek ..."

Left: The Old Jewish Quarter of Lublin

There's something about the genre of black & white photography, I'm sure its more than the sense of age it conveys, its the tonal depth, contrast and its ability to pick up and accentuate images that in color would be rather more bland and less enlightening.

In black aand white nuances are seen, a perfect example is A Simple Jews Black and White picture of the Week, Within a Puddle, a beautiful photo, and an evocative title.

Snoopy the Goon
from SImply Jews shows us his not the only one feeling cold with Winter misery, wet nuts. Make sure you click on the smaller blogger picture to see the larger more detailed image.

Right: Winter Misery, wet nuts

Fun with Photos

The irrepressible Yid with Lid approached Bagelblogger asking if 'manipulated photos' could have a place on JPix, being a fan of Photographic satire myself, I could see no reason why not.

So it is with amusement that we view Yid with Lid's submission Mr President, Stop Buying Abbas' Snake Oil

Left: Abbas as PinicchioRight: Miss Piggy

I must admit Bagelblogger enjoys manipulating photos, and one I only did today is a deliberately obscure Miss Piggy.

I'm sure Yid's idea of a section for manipulated photos will become a very popular submission category in the future.

Flying Solo

[#] : [Individual photos submitted by Jews who are non bloggers.]

David Linn is a resident of Kew Gardens, New York, he co-administers the blog Beyond Teshuvah, and has written many articles . An example is Starting Off on the Right Foot which features photos he took in Ein Gedi

David needed to submit his photos separately from the group blog, his photos might not be blogged based but there definitely worth a peek..

1. Home made succah
2. Father and daughter in Hevron
3. Bris Milah in Maras Hamachpela
4. Female soldiers writing kvitlach at the Kotel
5. The Yarmulke Store in Yerushalayim
6. Treats in the Machane Yehudah
7. Upshurin in Meiron

Right: Upshurin in Meiron

[#] Submitting Photos for non bloggers!

Not every one has a blog, and due to this some readers generaly miss out when it comes to participating in Carnivals. I had an enquiry related to this and, so in the interest of providing access to other Jews who aren't so computer savy or just plain well don't have blogs, I've established a Photo hosting account , JPixcarnival photo hosting where seperate files of photos can be submitted and displayed on JPix.

Now its quite some work, so if you do have a blog use your blog to display your photos, but if you know some one who would like to share there photos with the greater Jewish community then there is that opition now available.


Don't forget to get in your submissions for the next JPix 3 carnival which will be hosted by the lovely Batya from Shiloh Musings and Me-ander.
Submissions by Sat 10th of March 12pm, Carnival opening on the Monday 12th March


Thank you to all the great Photo posts that have been submitted to JPix 2

If you have any questions you can email JpixcarnivalATgmailDOTcom

Bagelblogger Get those entries into JPix3..!
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