2 years since a holiday, and over 8 since I had been to Israel, this summer reset those clocks back to 0 as I took a well earned break to Israel for a week.
Its always a welcome break to get away from things, especially when you have been working hard during the year, and haven’t taken any holiday off from work since September the 2nd. Therefore having a few days in beautiful Yorkshire, getting some fresh air, eating some good food and spending time with family will always go down well.
Tis the season to do all the things which I can’t do back in Manchester, such as baking and making pretty cakes. Here are a few of the things I’ve decorated/made since being back at home.
Although I didn’t go on holiday this year per-say, I did manage to relive the holidays which I took in 2011 and 2012 by importing the blogs from them into my current site. Ok there are a lot of pictures of food, but I do think its worth a read.
Its not happened for a long time, well almost a year to be exact, but this weekend im going down to London, not for an interview, but for a mini family holiday. Its trip with a difference tho, as ill be climbing to the top of the O2!
Pesach is 8 days unlike any other in the Jewish calendar, if you are not too sure of the Passover story, here is a nice little video to inform you.
Well just as with death and taxes, there is one thing that can be certain, when you start a holiday, one day it must come to an end, and 6 days ago it did just that. However even though the holiday has come to an end, the photos are still to be edited, and thus far, I can honestly say I do think they are fantastic! I will be uploading them to my flickr stream, and will probably post something on here (if I can remember) to state when they are uploaded, however it may take a few weeks. But until then, I will post one quick photo from the 9/11 Memorial – just to wet your appetite.
If you have been following me over at http://nyc2012.jonathanisaacs.com you will know exactly what I got up to on my little trip to the USA. Apart from the presents brought home for parents and siblings, I did manage to purchase a few camera gadgets for myself in light of the fact that there has since been an increase in the commercial work coming my way. My first purchase was my first ‘L-Series’ Lens by Canon, the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. For portraiture and event photography, there is, in my opinion, no better lens, as the focal length, fixed aperture, and lens optics combine to produce stunning images. The second purchase was the result of the first. The lens is heavy, especially when attached to a body. My previous Manfrotto simply could not cope, especially when taking panoramas, when the camera needs to be rock steady. As a result I purchased a beefy Vanguard Alta Tripod. The thing is beautiful, and can support weights up to 20KG! As you can imagine, my new lens meant that I took quite a few pictures. Many are HDR Panoramas which mean that I need to merge up to 200 images together to create one shot, which is going to take time. Im hoping to get this years photos done within a month or two (unlike last years photos which took over 11 months to do!), however before they all get edited and uploaded to flickr (a link will be placed on my blog when uploaded) here is one of my favourite images thus far.
Well it had to come sometime, the penultimate day had arrived, and typically it didn’t go to plan. As we awoke the rain was coming down from the heavens, meaning that our speedboat trip had to be postponed till tomorrow, however all was not lost, as there is aways something to do in New York. I had the mother of all breakfasts, consisting of pancakes, eggs, orange juice and coffee (oh and an apple strudel cake – pictures shortly) before wandering round Time Square. This evening we went to a kosher restaurant, yes we found one that was open! I had a veal sandwich and a hotdog – pictures to follow. Thankfully they are open at 11 tomorrow, so we will have a quick bite to eat there before the plane ride home. As checkout is at 13:00 or can be at 15:00 for an additional $50, we are going to go on the speedboat ride tomorrow morning at 10:00, giving us plenty of time to pack, have lunch and shower before heading to JFK. We went to the Rockerfeller Center, and just like last year, it was raining when we left – boy was it raining! However when we got to the top it didn’t rain once, in fact the clouds looked amazing in the photographs, they added character and will look AMAZING once HDR’ed. Just like last year I was blown away by the views that the Top Of The Rock offered and how much better it was from the Empire State. For a start you can see the Empire State (which you of course can’t if you are on the Empire State). Secondly there are seats, don’t get me started with the lack of seats available once you are up the Empire State. Thirdly the staff are pleasant, they are not rude, they understand that the tourists bring them their wage and are friendly. The staff at the Empire State were something else. Therefore having been to both the Top of The Rock, and The Empire State twice if you are going to do one do the Top of The Rock – its a much more enjoyable experience. My next text based post will probably be from the Airport before we take off to head back to the UK 🙁