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Jewish Cemetery Prague
I have tried to convey a Jewish Gentleman searching the past.

It is not clear when exactly the cemetery was founded. This has been the subject of discussion of many scholars. Some are claiming that the cemetery is over 1000 years older than the accepted date, which is the first half of the 15th century. The oldest grave belongs to the Prague rabbi and poet Avigdor Kara from 1439. It was founded by the king Ottokar II of Bohemia.
According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-105mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Dec 2010 - 11:16 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Searching
Username:danbrann danbrann
Uploaded:28 Jan 2011 - 8:51 AM
Tags:Jewish cemetery, Prague
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:54 AM

Very effective and quality work. Well done!
Congrats and regards,
NezihGrin

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:12 AM

Interesting research Danny and the figure sits comfortably in the image, giving scale to the stones.

Dougie

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:15 AM

A superb image, Dan, and very interesting information you have given us. I've heard of high-rise apartments, but graves???!!! Carol

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:18 AM

Beautiful and great image,well done,
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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:20 AM

You have conveyed what you wanted to with this image, its very good indeed. Also the information was very good as well and something that I did not know. Just goes to show you can learn something every day. Thanks.


David.

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franken
franken e2 Member 113055 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:24 AM


Quote: Interesting research Danny and the figure sits comfortably in the image, giving scale to the stones.

Dougie

I agree.

Ken

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 - 9:29 AM

Well presented image and I think he is the same gentleman I have in my picture.
Mavis

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:33 AM

Beautifully captured and tells the story well
Lillian

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gingerdelight
28 Jan 2011 - 9:38 AM

A fascinating write up Danny, and a beautifully poignant study.
Carol

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:39 AM

Very nicely composed, a fascinating image in visual and historical terms.
Bill

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Phil_L
Phil_L  5 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:39 AM

Gently evocative. Very well seen and captured.
Phil

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:43 AM

Absolutely superb Danny, and very moving. Three elements - the foreshortened jumble of tombstones, the gentleman, the snow - working together.
Moira

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:59 AM

another cracker!

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 10:25 AM

A very emotive and thought provoking shot, Danny: there could be so many stories behind this one.
Ronnie.

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Imagephotographics

Wonderful image Dan - well done

Chris

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AshTree
AshTree  41702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 11:01 AM

Such a very interesting write up - I saw the cemetery briefly, but didn't get the background information. This is so well taken - the snow enhances the jumble of tombstones and of course the gentleman, with his serious, thoughtful expression, perfects the image.

Theresa

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 11:03 AM

Superb moment you have captured with this belter

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:08 PM

brilliant wrte up dan cracking detail a stunner Wink
andy

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:26 PM

This is outstanding as a photograph, and as a visual essay extremely poignant. Your write up brings out the sadness and history of the place. Shortlisted!

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:39 PM

Fascinating - both the image and the story.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 1:02 PM

A poignant and atmospheric image, well composed. Your write up is very interesting and thought provoking too. Thanks for sharing it.
Barbara

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 1:13 PM

Really interesting write up Dan and equally interesting capture.
Joan.

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 - 1:26 PM

superb image dan,well captured.ray

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
28 Jan 2011 - 1:39 PM

Superb work!!!!
JNC

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DaveMead
DaveMead  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 2:55 PM

Fascinating write-up and a great image.
Dave

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 2:55 PM

A beautiful and meaningful image Dan. Excellent capture. Looks very atmospheric with the snow coming down and the serious looking man.........Sandhy

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 3:58 PM

A rather moving image here Danny,as I am sure this gentleman will have some horror stories from the past !!
An interesting write up too.I have heard that in some countries where land is at a premium,they bury the bodies ''standing upright'' !!
Great shot.
Mick.

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Richsr
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28 Jan 2011 - 4:46 PM

Well worked here Danny.
Regards Richard

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jaktis
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28 Jan 2011 - 5:06 PM

So soulfilled with the snow

Peter

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 6:27 PM

Love everything about this one, Dan - the placing of the man, the patterns created by the snow topped gravestones and the falling snow. Shortlisted.

Sue Smile

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 7:00 PM

Amazing place and an amazing image Dan.

Andy

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lifesnapper
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28 Jan 2011 - 7:29 PM

Amazing image, love it.

John Smile

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 7:48 PM


Quote: Amazing image, love it.

John Smile

John thank you for your UA. It is most kind of you.

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VivienO
VivienO  4 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 - 8:21 PM

You've conveyed it beautifully. The image has real depth and a deep sadness.
Vivien

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 7RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:30 PM

Glad to read your description, Danny. I thought at first it was some amazing telephoto compression! I think you've conveyed what you intended very well indeed. It's an excellent shot.

David

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:59 PM

interesting write up (imagine 12 layers of graves) well thought out image very thought provoking

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goso
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29 Jan 2011 - 6:11 AM

A very sobering image Dan - well done...Bill

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DiegoDesigns
30 Jan 2011 - 9:02 AM

A highly emotive scene Danny, well caught... Dave

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 4:51 AM

Outstanding photography and deserved your awards.
regards
Yung

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