-- Past Photos of the Week -- 2012 (Part 1)


All Photographs © Sam Oppenheim 1997-2012

"Tulip Fields and Church" - Leiden, Nethelands -- (December 22, 2012)
  • This is more like an Easter photo, but Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, and Joyous End-of-the-Mayan-Calendar. Photograph taken around the bend from last week’s daffodil fields, in April 2012. Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Daffodil Fields and Tree" - Leiden, Nethelands -- (December 16, 2012)
  • Last spring on our visit to Europe, we toured the Netherland’s famous tulip fields and I liked this capture of the low country sky and flat terrain full of flowers centered on a solitary tree bridging the two. (Photograph taken in April 2012). Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Cobblestones and Bell Tower" - Erice, Sicily -- (December 2, 2012)
  • Going back to my Honeymoon, this was an image I wanted to post and share but it was too similar to April 24th, 2011's image - taken on the same street the same day. It still brings back fond memories and I think is a compelling image of mankind's propensity to build with stone. (Photograph taken in October 2010). Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Fasolo Family!" - Katonah, NY -- (November 25, 2012)
  • This Thanksgiving we stayed local and saw Mina's Family (my in-laws) and other friends in Westchester. This portrait shows Joe, Sumi, Obachan (Grandma Akiko), Karina, Mina, and myself with Karina's deceased maternal grandfather, Charles, in a painted portrait above. Camera & Film: Powershot PS90 - Digital jpeg

"Orval Abbey Portal" - Wallonia, Belgium -- (November 18, 2012)
  • Another choice portal from photographing an old abbey in Belgium. This one is treated to HDR processing to add grit, grain, and texture. What do you think? (Photograph taken in April 2012). Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Karina's Jungle" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (November 11, 2012)
  • Karina turned 2 months old last week. We have been taking this similar photograph every month to track her growth! You can see her previous one below (on September 8). This photograph was taken November 2012. Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Eye Candy" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (November 3, 2012)
  • Karina is two months old on November 3rd. Doesn't this image just make you wanna eat her up? Why is it our ‘baby=cute' reflex is tied to our ‘yummy=food' reflex? (Photograph taken November 1, 2012 using my Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro Lens) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Furano Lavenders" - Hokaido, Japan -- (October 14, 2012)
  • This photo was taken in 2008 when I traveled alone in Hokkaido, Japan. These fields of lavender are famous subjects of photography in the area and the rolling hills and farm lands really are quite lovely in all 4 seasons. Recently we revisited this image and rediscovered it when Mina was looking for a calming image to help her through labor and I was searching for an image that would look sharp in a square frame. (Photograph taken in August 2008) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Little Sprout" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (September 30, 2012)
  • Our little sprout is growing Tomorrow she turns 4 weeks! Almost reminds me of a certain 80Ęs fad… the Cabbage Patch Kid! (Photograph taken 9/29/12) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"My New Family" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (September 16, 2012)
  • Inspired by my portrait of a friend's new family (viewable here), I set up a tripod and asked my visiting mother to help make portraits of Mina, Karina, and myself. This one seems best to me! (Photograph Taken by Sam Oppenheim and Dena Oppenheim in September 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (September 8, 2012)
  • Karina – Born on Labor Day! – Healthy Girl The world is full of joy, but I could use some more sleep… Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Labor Day 2012" - Jackson Heights, NY -- (September 2, 2012)
  • As I write this Mina's body is preparing to go into labor, next photo will undoubtedly be a baby :) As her pregnancy progressed I shot this series to showcase her body's amazing changes! (Photographs taken March – August 2012) Camera & Film: Canon Powershot 90 - Digital jpegs

"Orval Abbey – Gothic Ruins" - Wallonia, Belgium -- (August 26th, 2012)
  • Orval is one of the great monastic communities in Belgium that brews famous “abbey style” trappist beer. Tourists are not permitted inside the brewery or cloistered abbey, but can tour a brewery museum and the ruins of the original abbey that was left in disrepair when they built a more modern abbey next door. It was a gorgeous place to wander and photograph – and I highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Luxembourg or Southern Belgium. (Photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Mina's Maternity Moment" - Milton, NY -- (August 19th, 2012)
  • This past weekend Mina and I made our last pre-natal getaway and I made some maternity photos. This was our favorite! For more, see facebook! (photograph taken August 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Seagull Sunrise" - Miami, FL -- (August 4th, 2012)
  • Sometimes photography excels at elevating the everyday to a higher plane, making one appreciate the banal as if it were art, for at least a moment. This image reminds me of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and makes me happy – how do you feel looking at the bird? Did you ever notice you can see right through a bird's beak from one nostril to another? I learned that making portraits of this bird for 5 minutes one day at sunrise in Miami. (Photograph taken in February 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"South Beach Sunrise" - Miami, FL -- (July 29th, 2012)
  • Traveling in Florida last winter, I photographed both sunrise and sunset in Miami Beach. I found myself attracted to the colorful lifeguard houses on the beach and shot a whole series; this may be the best. (Photograph Taken February 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Faithful Prayer at Beatitudes" - Galilee, Israel -- (July 21st, 2012)
  • On our roundabout Journey through the Holy Land we stopped at the famous Church of the Beatitudes, and I spoke with a wonderful caretaker there, a devoted sister full of faith and joy who permitted me to photograph her in prayer. Obviously I found the image as captured to be less engaging and added many adjustments to give it a different character. What do you think? (Photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Tomb of the Unknown Musician" - Tsfat, Israel -- (July 7th, 2012)
  • Tsfat's hillside cemetery is full of many opportunities for photography, but I think this image is the most evocative and interesting image from that visit. What do you think the story is behind this tomb? (photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Wedding Crasher Lions" - Brooklyn, NY -- (June 17th, 2012)
  • This weekend I attended a lovely wedding at the Brooklyn Prospect Park boathouse, and in the middle of cocktail hour, intense drumming was followed by a surprise assault by chinese lions to the delight of all the guests & the bride and groom! (Photograph taken June 2012) Camera & Film: Canon Powershot S90 - Digital RAW

"Jerusalem Old City Streets at Dawn" - Jerusalem, Israel -- (June 10th, 2012)
  • It’s the sunrise and ancient stonework that makes this scene evoke memories and hope for me, what does it evoke for you? Taken while walking toward the western wall during morning prayers just after dawn in August of 2011. Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Holy Sepulchre Portal" - Jerusalem, Israel -- (June 3rd, 2012)
  • At first impression – where do you think this portal leads? To me there is a certain medieval magic and mystery to the architecture. It is actually a sacred entrance inside Jerusalem’s “Church of the Holy Sepulchre” to an upstairs alcove where Jesus was supposedly crucified. After ducking thru this portal, visitors can line up to reach down through an opening to touch the very stone where Roman Emperor Constantine’s mother declared that Jesus’ cross had been placed when he was crucified. (Photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Medieval Fairytale Landscape" - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg -- (May 28th, 2012)
  • Luxembourg. I’m not sure if all visitors will agree, but I’m pretty sure most will feel the magical wonderland aspect of Luxembourg. Its one of the wealthiest and healthiest countries per capita and is built into a landscape of truly medieval cliffs, castles, royal palaces, cathedrals, and rounded towers. This snap captures it best, shot from river level alongside a church looking up at Luxembourg City’s impressive cliff face and palatial renaissance buildings. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Floral Supernova" - Bronx, NY -- (May 20th, 2012)
  • Back on April 1st we visited the NY Botanical Gardens Orchid Special. This is one of my favorite floral shots from the day. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Bouillon Castle" - Bouillon, Belgium -- (May 13th, 2012)
  • The last day of our visit to Belgium, We toured Bouillon Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop between a river’s oxbow. Hear more in my Amateur Traveler’s Chris Christensen radio interview online or by download at http://europe.amateurtraveler.com/2012/05/12/travel-to-belgium/. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"March of the Tulips" - Leiden, Netherlands, -- (May 6th, 2012)
  • I have to thank my cousin Alicia of http://www.cyclingwithoutahelmet.blogspot.com/ twice for this image. Once, because she hosted Mina and Me when we came to visit her in Leiden, Netherlands and took us on a lovely bike ride to see the tulip fields outside the idyllic canal and windmill filled town center. And thanks a second time, because she told me to try this shot with my camera after her good results of the same angle. This is a prime example of the paradigm that it can help to be flexible and take shots from new perspectives, and also that I can put away my big SLR and fit a tiny pocket camera close to the ground to get new views of the same subject. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon Powershot 90 - Digital RAW

"Babymoon in Brussels" - Brussels, Belgium -- (May 1st, 2012)
  • So very happy to officially announce the good news... how else but through a photo of a Giant brussels sprout? While visiting Brussels we saw many giant sculptures of Belgian food items, part of brusselicious 2012 - click here to see more about the exhibition. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon Powershot 90 - Digital RAW

"It was a dark and stormy day..." - Brugge, Belgium -- (April 22nd, 2012)
  • Belgium was very charming, almost fairytale in some places like Brugge, Ghent, Orval, and Boullion. However, it also rains according to one source 200 days out of the year in much of the low countries (Netherlands and Northern Belgium). We had a mixture of sun and rain but in between moody clouds created wonderful imagery. This shows a plaza at the end of a canal in Brugge and was taken while on a Canal boat tour. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Construction Site Portal" - New York, NY -- (April 1st, 2012)
  • While walking in the city, I saw the awesome leftovers of an apartment building, soon to be destroyed with new construction. This is a view through the construction site wall. This recalls to me two of my previous photos of the week - Construction Site Fresco -- (Week of April 4th, 2005), and "58th Street Skyline" - Manhattan, New York. -- (June 9th, 2007) both shot on opportunistic views of construction sites in NYC, Whenever I walk by open sites, there is always an exciting anticipation of destruction of the old and building of the new. (photograph taken in April 2012) Camera & Film: Canon Powershot 90 - Digital RAW

"Pass the Cheese, Please" - Key West, Florida -- (March 3rd, 2012)
  • Mallory Square, Key West, is famous for its sunsets; Hundreds of tourists go every night to watch street performers and the sunset. So I decided to make the cheesiest most plastic-fantastic, kitschy sunset photo to represent this event. Luckily for me the sun, clouds, birds, and even a sunset sailboat cooperated with me when I visited! (photo taken in February 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Florida Flamingo" - Florida, USA -- (February 26th, 2012)
  • Touring Florida, I was very excited and happy to go to a drive-thru-safari (zoo?) with some extra animals at the end including a set of adorable resting Flamingos! I thought this one was just ideal, adorable, and aesthetically beautiful. (Photo taken in February 2012) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Crusader Fort Oculus" - Karak, Jordan -- (February 12th, 2012)
  • The hills of Jordan have a series of ruined crusader fortresses from the pre-renaissance violent european conquest of the Middle-East & establishment of Crusader Kingdoms in the region. The one at Karak has been slightly repaired, is one of the largest, and is well-preserved for tourism. It is magical to explore tunnels once the home of Knights and Peasants 900 years ago! (photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Kempinski Light" - Jordan -- (February 4th, 2012)
  • One night at the hotel in Jordan, I photographed the awesome lights' pattern. (photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Dana Village Portal" - Dana, Jordan -- (January 29th, 2012)
  • While driving around the mountain range that separates the Dead sea from Jordan's interior, we came across a preserved old stone village mentioned in Lawrence of Arabia. The village was quiet, quaint, and welcoming. This was the most evocative portal I captured there. Note: If not for the CF lightbulb the image could be timeless! (Photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW

"Petra's "Treasury" at Day's End" - Petra, Jordan -- (January 22nd, 2012)
  • Remembering the golden color on the red sandstone at days end in Petra. This is the most famous facade - the Treasury - featured in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, as well as countless postcards. (Photograph taken in August 2011) Camera & Film: Canon EOS 40D - Digital RAW




All Photographs © Sam Oppenheim 1997-2012