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Young Believers by gilad Young Believers by gilad

Standing in the shadow of belief
Hiding under the wings of old age
Young believers, glowing in the sun of god
When they grow older they will remember that time
The time they felt his presence for the first time
That time will change their life for all eternity


Take a look at the B&W version --> [link]
I feel there is a huge difference between the two, but each is important in each own way. I would love to know your opinion.

Taken during "Birkat Hachama" (Blessing of the sun) in Bnei Brak, Israel. "Birkat Hachama" is a very special prayer taken once every 28 years, when the sun is exactly in the same position it was when the universe was born. It is believed that this is the date the Massiach will come on that date. This year (2009) it also happened on Passover and it's only the third time in History it happens (passover night with the location of the sun). It was a very special event.

This picture is taken on a terrace, where the women and small children saw the event. It is forbidden for them to be with the men at the prayer.
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Critique by morbidthegrim Apr 12, 2009, 9:12:42 AM
I like the way you have caught the rays of light between the adults within this group, they enhance the innocence of the children and show their stature, the way the younger is stood behind the elder child adds to the whole image.

As most children who do not know of such matters and decide to look at something else that interests them has also been caught by the fact all the adults are facing the other way. And for some reason I am taken by the way the child is holding her hands, its a very adult stance.

As for the editing, the subdued colours add to this, bleached out to a point were they do not detract from the image, I have seen the black and white version and although its good this is much better, it has a more human touch to it, I find I am drawn to the dust speckles floating in the light.

For me the whole ambiance simply works well, you have managed to capture the innocence of childhood in this, its not such a simple image, its complex and has much to look at, bravo.
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I like very much the view of the children and their expressions captured in time, straight at them. Their eyes are filled with wonder, you captured this perfectly. The streams of light flooding the area and the mostly dark colors really make their faces stand out. But the hints of color add depth that the black and white doesn't (at least to me), so I prefer the color version of this. There is no doubt this is a serious moment in time, your explanation is wonderfully done... "glowing in the sun of God"... priceless. Beautifully worded, my thanks to you.
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mg3692 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This shot is amazing! Kol hakavod!
Elenlaer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
there are no words for how beautiful this piece is. i especially ike this poem, and your explanation touched me. i will treasure this always. i love it. Thank you gilad.
Elenlaer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
jmartin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Great lighting. Very creative.
chaitshroff Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
nice.. i like this better than the B&W
spycatcher01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
This is a profound piece. The boy in foreground has a question. It is more then just a general curiosity, there is a definite and possibly serious thing he wants to know. Perhaps he doesn't have the words to use yet but the question is there. I love the idea that there is something that has these children's attention and none of the adults are looking in their direction. The idea that the world of a child and the world of the adult are so distinct and yet share the same space and time. The light also as though it is coming directly from G-d and seeking out the children by reaching past the adults. I also like the combination of the theme of the prayer with the focus on the children. It is a complete remembrance of when the world was young. quite breathtaking.
DouglasCrist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
All of your photograph have an amazing perspective. This one evokes emotion. I love it!
Ashixa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Photographer
very lonely, and amazing
GreenEyedLamb Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
beautiful, I love the light that you caputured
kombinat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ShriekingInsanity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
this one is quite wonderful,
but i have to say the black and white one
is absolutely brilliant.
wordpainter81 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
You've been featured! :D
Spamkiller Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece here: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.

RazyGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Hi,I featured your work over here,hope you like it [link]

I'd appreciate if you could fav it,so it will recieve a bigger audience :)

Have a nice day :)
Py-okki Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Play of light
pjotr2008 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
good view! fine observation!
shannonsky Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
This is absolutley breathtaking.
Your work is amazing!
browny18 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Photographer
I like it! ;D
SubtleNature Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love this photograph! :love:
Very powerful, and spiritual.
It is kind of eerie as well, with the really strong contrast, but I think you played it up pretty well.
Definitely a "Decisive Moment".

What I found kind of amusing is that, a lot of people think that the the two children are girls :rofl:...but...since most of them probably don't have any Jewish background....I would imagine myself thinking that they might be girls too. :D
Martincevic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
so good!
T3hKeeper Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
I definitely like this one better. I think the color adds a dimension of "wow" to it, especially the light streaming through the crowd.
dunnalildiffernt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
I agree with you, both color and bw bring their own qualities to the table. I personally love the blue cast from the light. The cloudiness in the light gives it an old time feel. :+fav:
strangelight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Your ';people' shots are usually very candid and honest, gilad - which is why I think they're among your best. This is no exception; I love the lighting, but it all exists to accentuate the impact of the two young girls. Really, really good.
LotusTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I HAVE MASSIVE LOVE FOR THIS ONE. Everytime I come back to check on your new stuff, your art just keeps getting better and better!
gilad Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
foveacentralis Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
nice photo
duckmiesta Featured By Owner May 13, 2009   Photographer
What an insanley amazing capture, to get that quality in such a highly intense area in movement terms, but yet capture to inocent, yet natural poses from two children and manage to achieve great composition and the lighting.. i could go on, thats inspiring to most, im not even that confident enough yet to dare dream of taking a shot like that, im jelous!
great stuff mate
leonardsetiawan Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
really stunning
mOneekums Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
I enjoyed the color version, more than the B&W version. The colors that the light created in this version are amazin and it gives more life to it.
LostMotive Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
The lighting is superb....
PreciousDafna Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
i like the B&W version more...
jupiterknight007 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Absolutely breathtaking! Feels so otherworldly and magically : O
krishnachandranu Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
stormcloudI Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
I absolutely love it.
the ray of lights
the children faces filled with that hunger to know absolutely everything
and even the faceless adults

One can just get lost in that photograph
BurnerFlame Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I think more or less like CorazónDeDios, the colour put more deep in the scene.
cat13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
amazing. thank you for the explanation.
scaevity Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009   General Artist
Your piece of work has been featured here. Once again your work is amazing and you have managed to capture the moment perfectly.
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Helluin-Lammoth Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
it's a really great work..
is sad that i don't understand very good english ^^u
toby-caughron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009   Photographer
this photo has a timeless feel to it. the lighting is amazing.
LOVE this
AntonioAndrosiglio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009   Photographer
Simply great
abbikhinz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student General Artist
I absolutely love the descriptions/poems you always add...
Ry-Die-Swaai Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The lighting is wonderful. The expression on the girls face is intriguing and gives the shot depth and meaning. The whole photo has a wonderfully old feel and reminds me of Ellis island shots of immigrants coming in. Absolutely gorgeous shot.
jazzlay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
perfect work.
zanzuri Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
the bw version is nice in it own way
but my opinion is that the color one is better
it gives more spiritual feeling to it
great job
never stop!
HiddenTreasures Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
This is so beautiful.
curruca Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
This shot is incredible! I love the look on the childs's face and the rays iluminating the place. Just one word WONDERFULL :D
x-ybase Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
After reading the qritiques, i think this is going to be a really boring comment, but anyway, I really love the way the sunshine rays and the dress of the women on the right fit togehter... And the children are captured perfectly. If you don't look hard, you might even think the the girl in the back has her mouth open...
If I would've been subscribed, the impact in the critique would be marked with 5 stars. Defenitly a stunnnig shot.
tuafalta Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
I like the expression in the children's face. The fists fit so well. Well composed, especially the light.
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Apr 8, 2009, 7:44:02 AM


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