Port of Jaffa

If you go south on Tel Aviv’shore, you’ll reach old Jaffa. Beautiful old buildings and mosques, nice restraunts (If you ever visit Israel, be sure you go there!) and the old port. The port is very small and not used for any commercial purposes (for that, we Haifa’s, Ashdod’s and Eilat’s ports).

I visited the port a few months ago, just before Christmas. To get to the port, I took a bus from the center of Tel Aviv, and go off in Jaffa. The bus stopped on a main street and from there, I had about 15 minutes of walk to get to the port. The stores in the main street were filled with Christmas trees and decorations.

The streets I walked on to get to the port weren’t overfilled with holiday decoration, but I did get to see some nice architecture and graffiti.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 400

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 400

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/10, ISO 200

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A tunnel who’se walls are covered with some nice graffiti. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 200

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Flying Whales – a reffrence to Gojira? Probably not.. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 125

The NIKKOR 18-105mm lens’ bayonet broke that morning, so no 18-105mm for me 😦
(for that day only, though. Later that day I gave it to my favorite photography store, Erlich. The lens was fixed the next day).

The Jaffa Christmas Tree was being built near the port (Every year they host Christmas events and a giant tree is being built near the port). I really love this time of the year. Although Israel is a Jewish country, there are also Christians and many Russian immigrants who celebrate New Year’s Eve and Christmas, and the Carmel Market, central bus station and many other stores are overflooded with holiday decorations; trees, Santa Claus (or Ded Moroz, if you’re Russian haha) dolls, reindeers, snowflakes and what not. I myself got a nice tree (with led lights!) and some decorations last year. I’ll post some photos from the Carmel Market sometime soon! 🙂

I just love the port. Along with a nice breeze coming from the sea, there’s a nice view of Tel Aviv:

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Many hotels, and Reading Power Plant’s chimney on the left. Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/20, ISO 200 @ 70mm

The docks are populated with many pidgeons (sometimes being fed by tourists) and cats seeking some shelter from the hot sun (yeah, it can get hot and sunny here even in December).

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/9, ISO 160

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/10, ISO 125

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f/7.1, ISO 2000

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Lunch time. Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 400 @ 300mm

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A different kind of portrait. Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 400 @ 195mm

This was the first times I ever used the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 lens like a.. well.. lens. I usually use it for macro purposes; I mount it on inverted, using a reversal ring. It’s actually great! It’s also very cheap, so it’s great value for money. The only disadvantage that comes to mind is the lack of autofocus. But, if you have a camera with an autofocus motor (like my Nikon D7100) it won’t be a problem for you. Plus, manually focusing can be fun, at least for me.

There was something almos.. hypnotizing in the water.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 125

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/11, ISO 125

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 400 @ 78mm

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/160s, f/13, ISO 160 @ 122mm

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/13, ISO 200 @ 300mm

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/320s, f/13, ISO 200 @ 300mm

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Layers of the sea. Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/250s, f/22, ISO 640 @ 70mm

I finished my trip at the edge of the port, and continued to the esplanade, heading to Tel Aviv. On my way I encountered this dude:

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Layers of the sea. Nikon D7100, Sigma 70-300 APO Macro, 1/250s, f/22, ISO 640 @ 70mm

Higher quality images can be found on my flickr account.

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