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Amsterdam Esnoga 1/2


This is the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue in Amsterdam, inagurated in 1675, as seen during one of it's candle-lit evenings in January, open to the public for picture-taking.

ALL of the lights are candles!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Amsterdam Esnoga 1/2


This is the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue in Amsterdam, inagurated in 1675, as seen during one of it's candle-lit evenings in January, open to the public for picture-taking.

ALL of the lights are candles!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (36)

  • vintage
  • australia
  • 24 Mar 2008, 00:08
Lovely, Wonderful and the window are fab.Great photo
Ginnie Hart: You would be enthralled to be there, Vintage! Thanks.
Wonderful!

Theses candles mades a beautiful effect.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rémi. The candles totally made the experience what it was!
Simply beautiful, Ginnie. I like everything about this shot. The lighting, wide angle view, details, windows, etc. Very well composed image.
Ginnie Hart: You would have had a heyday there, John. I wonder how YOU would have captured it!
That is certainly a magical view and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Thanks for being one of those photographers.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid was the one who told me about this place and I was so glad she did, Mary. It really was spectacular. Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 24 Mar 2008, 04:06
how cool!
Ginnie Hart: It really was, Kanyi. Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Mar 2008, 07:10
What a wonderful sight, beautifully captured. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roz. It was an experience I'll never forget.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 24 Mar 2008, 07:20
Awesome shot Ginnie. Looks so grand. I have been trying to get a candle shot since the last 2 days and have not been able to come up with that perfect shot yet. This one looks just great with all those candles.
Ginnie Hart: The candles totally made this experience, Thomas. I couldn't imagine being the one lighting them all! I felt very fortunate to have the chance to visit there. Thank you.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 24 Mar 2008, 07:26
beautiful sight Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: It really was, Tim. I wish you could have seen it with your own eyes.
This is a wonderful composition Ginnie. I love the atmosphere! Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard. The atmosphere was very inspiring!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Mar 2008, 07:53
Wow Ginnie so many candles, what a beautiful atmosphere they create.smile

The chandilers look excuisite. Great shot mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: The myriad candles totally made the atmosphere, Tracy! It was awesome! Thank you. Good to see you back. smile
  • navin
  • India
  • 24 Mar 2008, 07:56
Very nice shot Ginnie. I love the sparkle on the lights. Looks like a start filter
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Navin. I learned how to do the stars from Martin (using a low ISO and a high aperture setting), so he gets the "glory." smile
  • Astrid
  • almost gone into the snow/cold/polder....
  • 24 Mar 2008, 08:10
This to me is heaven on earth, the serenity, those starlights from the candles, the blue windows, wouldn't it be wonderful to just sit here and enjoy the moment and let my thoughts wandering off. Ontzettend mooie foto, geweldig licht, serene sfeer.
Ginnie Hart: I so totally agree, Astrid, and thanks to you, I found this place. I wish now that I DID sit down without the camera to just take it all in. That is my only regret! Maybe the next time you will be with me and will help me just be still for a change! Ontzettend bedankt.
Magical. That is the word that came straight into my head.
Ginnie Hart: It's a good word, Bill, because that's exactly what it was. Magical! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Mar 2008, 08:12
Oh, yes, I remember my visit there, and I have to say it is one of the most beautiful seraphic syagogues I ever have seen! This holy room is always glittering in view of the much gold everywhere, especially brighten up with these many candles, the people may feel like being in heaven, there is always an aura of supranatural atmosphere! I know exactly where you have stood in order to take this photo and I hope there follow quite more pics (Thora-shrine, Bema..., outside...).
Ginnie Hart: I love it when someone (YOU!) knows what I'm showing, Philine. I would not have known about this place if Astrid had not told me about it. It really is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Mar 2008, 08:17
O sorry: Seraphim synagogues, but seraphic is also right
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine, both are right, and I knew exactly what you meant. smile
tranquillity. beautiful ambience. well compose. excellent shot ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely a tranquil, beautiful place, Mandau. Thank you.
  • martie
  • US
  • 24 Mar 2008, 09:42
MAGNIFICENT! I think this one is just stunning!
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Martie. Thank you.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Mar 2008, 10:18
A beautiful "night-shot", Ginnie.
30 seconds...love all the flares from the candle-flames, and the deep blue in the windows.
Ginnie Hart: It was a very inspiring place for the camera, Ray. I loved it. Thanks.
  • jeff
  • 24 Mar 2008, 10:26
This is a beautiful sight. You've done well to capture all the lights without losing the dark furniture and interior of the room. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Jeff, for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot to me.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Mar 2008, 11:30
Excellent and your EXIF made interesting reading. I didn't know about this synagogue - but now I do smile
Ginnie Hart: I didn't know about it either, Louis, until Astrid almost "forced" me to go see it. I'm so glad I did. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 24 Mar 2008, 12:46
A remarkable about of candles. Beautiful structure and you've captured it nicely.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVED the hundreds of candles, Sherri. It was quite spectacular! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 24 Mar 2008, 12:48
It IS magical. I can feel it even without being there. Are the chandeliers electric, or also candlelit? Even if electrical, they have the same soft feel as candlelight. Yes, the blue windows increase the ambience.
Ginnie Hart: The chandeliers, too, are all candles, Ruth. Can you imagine the time it would take to light all of them! You would be in heaven there. Thanks.
lovely shot. When I grow up I want to be just like you. smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhh. You have flattered and humbled me beyond compare, ChiChi. Thank you.
Nice management of lights, like stars in the sky smile
Ginnie Hart: Martin would be happy, don't you think? smile Thanks, Zeb.
We are so luck that you took camera there and bring us this photo. Seeing this picture you can easily put yourself in that place...sit and enjoy the moment as Astrid told.
I wish the big first candle was not in the frame smile
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean about that first, forefront candle, CISI. I simply couldn't get away from them. They were everywhere and started tackling me. smile But thank you anyway.
Brilliant shot and excellent atmosphere!
Bravo!!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Eleftheria, for stopping by and commenting. smile
Fantastic Ginnie, that's about all I can say.
Ginnie Hart: That's an awesome comment, Brian. smile Thank you.
Very impressive picture of a very great atmospheric church for a good reason....

by email and on your other blog, I said that I could NOT visit this blog, suddenly through/via your other blog...I could,.... a miracle.. But I am so glad ,

I want to wish you and D, a happy (rest of) Easter... smile JoAnn and... look what I did on my blog bye.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you were able to find me again, JoAnn. smile Happy Easter week to you, too.
Super image Ginnie, I could see this in a magazine.
Ginnie Hart: That's a very sweet thing to say, Chris. Thank you kindly!
  • Ron S
  • Not diving just now
  • 24 Mar 2008, 21:53
You've done it again Ginnie. A beautiful capture and technically excellent. The qualaity of the light through the windows and from the candles really makes it.
Ginnie Hart: It really was a special place, Ron, so I'm very glad the image came out like it did. Thank you kindly.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Mar 2008, 22:58
Woohoo! Magical picture Ginnie.

I could imagine sitting there for ages, watching the beautiful flickering light of all those candles and being absolutely at peace.
Ginnie Hart: It definitely had that effect, Ellie. You would have loved it. Thank you.
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2008, 15:06
again a wonderful image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Liam.
Very pretty also, mainly by the blue one of the large windows. But personally, I think that the one of "mañana" it has better clearness!
Ginnie Hart: I like your point of view, José-Angel. Some like this one better because of the blue windows but each has its own value and charm, for sure. Thanks.
This is beautiful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Helen!
Really like this one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bridge. I see I've missed some comments and am trying to catch up!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:26
I agree with Ellie, I like both these but this one more.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Dave. It's that touch of blue, I think! smile Thank you.

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