3-frame HDR with Panasonic GH4

Ever since I got my GH4 at the beginning of the year, I have never utilized the auto bracket feature, until now. 3 bracket photos, then, were combined using Photomatrix, creating HDR images.
Since the camera is so fast, I can capture 3 frames in almost no time, making the tripod unnecessary most of the times.

Hope, the “Homing” dove

Hope flies free with her kind lately. She does come home when called, if in the area, for now. Her memory of us will fade, but that’s okay. Hope reinforces us on the importance of love and laughter, taking nothing for granted, especially faith.
Shot with Panasonic GH4 at 96 FPS.

School of Hope and Light

A private school in Isawiyya, East Jerusalem, encourages students to think outside of the box. The owners/operators of the school have real jobs outside of the school and keep the tuition low. They are passionate about investing in the futures of the next generation of leaders and the village itself. It breeds hope and light.

Kids with bright future?

“Always shoot with the sun behind you” is usually a good tip, but not always. I personally prefer it somewhere else, usually somewhat behind the subjects, especially in medium shots.
More Isawiyya kids at play, hopefully with bright future, just as their shirts.

Cross and Thorn

I forced myself to see beauty, where there was none, in a garbage pile. Suddenly, it danced with a gentle breeze, a dead weed. Immediately I thought of two words; cross and thorn.

Riot preparation

It’s a very tense week here in the Jerusalem area. Isawiyya, especially, has been very ‘active.’ This is what a “set-up” of a riot looks like; dumpsters are used as barricades and large rocks are scattered all over the road to slow down vehicles. Shortly afterwards, stones are exchanged with smoke bombs, stun grenades and ‘skunk water.’ Fortunately, real bullets are not used very often.

Hope leaving home, almost

“Hope” left the house for a few hours, but ultimately came back. I guess she is not quite ready to be on her own just yet, but she will, soon enough.
Our future is uncertain, but Hope reassures us; “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:26-27).