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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

Joyous Nature Photo Walk #2 ~ Ahavat Torah

Joyous Nature Photo Walk

Joy Krauthammer, guide
Ahavat Torah Congregation with Rabbi Miriam Hamrell

Lake Balboa ~ Beilenson Park
Van Nuys, CA

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh Iyar 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017   9:30 AM 
Lunch  11:30 AM

RSVP:  Ahavat Torah
lindabadger0713@yahoo.com  or  (310) 625-3146

April 25, 2017 is Omer Count Day 14 ~ Malchut Sh’b’Gevurah

Lake Balboa,  6300 Balboa Blvd (E side), between Burbank and Victory.
Off freeways  405 (Burbank) or 101 (Balboa) in the San Fernando Valley.
From 405 North exit Burbank, turn left onto Burbank Blvd. Go 2.2 miles to Balboa and turn right for .7 miles and turn right into narrow driveway. Drive in (pass a dirt park lot on left) and over little bridge where Lake is on left and veer to right. Then on left is park lot. Park in lot, and meet near children's play ground. If filled, exit lot and park on adjacent unpaved road.

Enjoy the 27 acres lake with 1.3 mile cement path, stream, swans, herons, egrets, geese, ducks, cormorants, coots, pelicans, passion flowers, wisteria, Cherry trees, bridges and waterfall.

Bring charged CAMERA or PHONE, water and snack if desired. Sunhat, sunglasses & sunscreen.
Free parking and free admission.  Benches along path.  We'll walk counter-clockwise around lake.
Please be ON TIME.  Early photo light is better.

LUNCH 11:30AM optional 'no host', follows PhotoWalk. The Lake House is on the same inside park lake road at golf course.  (818) 778-6530

"Join Ahavat Torah led by our friend– artist, spiritualist, musician, poet & photographer, Joy Krauthammer on a guided Joyous Nature Photo Walk in Lake Balboa." - Shoshi Wilfort, President
"These Photo Walks that Joy does are fun!" - Judy Kollack  former President

"Toda raba to our friend, poet, musician and artist Joy Krauthammer for a beautiful, friendly, tranquil, and "Joyous" Nature Photo Walk in the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys.  Afterwards we had a delicious and satisfying lunch at the nearby Lake House restaurant." - Shoshi Wilshfort and Judy Kollack.

Joy Krauthammer is a nature "Observationist" for 
iNaturalist, California Academy of Sciences, posting photos at:
and is LA City licensed to Kayak on Lake Balboa.

An active member of photo groups 52Frames & Image Poetry Group, Joy loves leading Photo Walks.

Read in advance Joy's Photo TIPS
and enjoy Ahavat Torah's prior Photo Walk:

Enjoy photos:

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Art/Photography is a language of the soul, that expresses meaning and ineffable joy. 


JOYous Nature Photo Walk 
See, Shoot and Share
with  Joy Krauthammer

Guidance, Meditation, and Prayer
Connect with the Source of All BlesSings
Dance with your camera.

Be a Tree, roots connected to G*d.   Shehecheyanu prayer

To see each flower as coming, emanating from the Holy One, The Source of All BlesSings,
I try to manifest, reveal the expression of G*d’s beauty here on earth.

With well-being, awareness and perception, eye and vision, mind and heart:
Early in the day, and outside-- to the flower, with gratitude I say, “Good morning". 

The flower hears me. G*d hears me.  
Have conversation, shmooze, look into the Face of G*d.  Into others’ eyes.

Separate from crowd, linger and/or go beyond path. Discover what is beyond. (Don’t stay stuck at entrance.)

Be present, conscious, observe, slow down, look, view from different angles, be alert, be silent.  Breathe, hold breath. Breathe.
Awareness for obstacles: poison ivy, loose stones, puddles, holes, and snakes. 
Be adventuresome, don't be lazy, and don’t be late*.  Catch the guide and tour bus.  Charge batteries.
Leave nature in good condition, no foot prints.

Self Consciousness: *Missed bus in Russia, late in Bali, Tibet.
Hiding & shooting, I’ve been caught and removed by guards, gendarmes and gardeners in: Huntington Library’s Rose Garden, CA, and shooting Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Spain, and vaulting over** a Botanical Garden locked high gate in Texas after closing hours, and then personally escorted out.
**(Studying in Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem in "Art & Architecture of Synagogues" summer course, I learned to vault over fence.)

Themes: Trees, leaves, flowers, bark, insects, animals, humans, rocks, water, paths, gates, fences, mountains, clouds, moon, sunrise, sunset, color.

COMPOSITION.  Framing.  4 finger frame.  Shoot Vertical Portrait and Horizontal Landscape. Brace camera. 
Horizon.  Keep level, unless you want horizon skewed. Lower or raise.  Use unusual perspective. 
Frame.  Shoot through overhanging branches, through windows. Use tunnels, arches or doorways. 
Placement of main subject.  Fill frame with subject.  Include?  Exclude?  
Macro.  Move into subject.  Zoom. Don’t rely on Zoom.
Get close to be near to what is fascinating and inviting.  
See subject in their relationship to others, and their environment. Various angles. No photo bombing. Energy of day.
For scale, use humans, animals and flowers.  (Shoot a lone flower in the field, and feel its importance.)
Balance of relationships, harmonious, peaceful, equal weight.  Center symmetry.
Rule of Thirds.  Subject. Use, and position of 3x3 grid of horizontal and vertical lines.
Rule of Odds.  Odd numbered composition subjects are more appealing to the eye than even.
Leading lines.  To connect elements to each other, to journey visually, lead viewer's eye.
Sense of depth - diagonal vs straight vs. horizontal lines vs. converging.  Use river and path lines in nature. 
Pattern repetition, emphasize, break pattern with contrast.  Create dynamic tension.
Negative Space.  In image, discover shape outside subject form, the area between and around objects.

Simplify or exaggerate.  Shutter speed, aperature, exposure, scale, forced perspective.

Perspective. Move camera and/or body. Move camera to change height: Standing at eye, and other levels.

Body positions.  Change to not only look down on the subject/flower, but to look into it, up to it.
Shoot object from behind, under and sideways, and even only partially to capture the essence. 
Bend down, kneel, crouch low, lie down, look up and closely into that flower or into sky to shoot.
Have camera so low or so high to gain height, you can’t even see into the viewer.

Vision.  Turn self around to see the other direction, and what’s behind you.  
What’s in back of subject/object? 
Depth of field (DOF) for background, foreground, sense of perspective.
Focus. Blur the background or foreground, so center of interest is what you focus on. Set mood.

SUBJECT ELEMENTS.  What characteristics appeal to you?
FOCUS on details: What is the shape, form, color (b/w) contrasts, texture, size, texture, smell, uniqueness?
Animals. Capture. Focus on eyes and head turned in your direction.
Find good specimen with what you desire, i.e. color, etc.
Limit, minimal may be best.
What new buds are opening, full, or dying?
Adjacent subjects (animals, buds and leaves) add interest. 
See little bugs, and macro capture them too.

Touch and feel carefully and gently the subject--leaves, stem, moss, petals, bark, stone.
The flower, grass can touch you too.  What is tree saying?

Attributes, soul. What is: quiet, funny, loving, colorful, meaningful, tiny, big, interacting, expressive?
Is there: beauty, joy, surprise, scary, loving, sound, silence, movement?
Backgrounds/foregrounds.  Avoid distractions. Distant backgrounds are good.
Check backgrounds.  No trees and poles growing out of people’s heads. 
Wait for non subjects to pass. Avoid moving objects unless you want movement. 
Rearrange space with freedom to change. 
Delete.  In shot or post processing.  Remove what you don’t want in picture.  Eliminate distractions. 
Pick out, weed out dead flora, trash, feet, heads, and other unwanted debris. 
Ask, 'Will this add to or take away from the image?’

LIGHT. Natural. Where is light coming from?  Difference in time of day. 
Good before sunrise for color, before sunset with softer Golden Hour, and virbrant after sunset.
Overcast and cloudy are good to diffuse light. Mist for mystery.
Use directional lighting. Move so that sun is at an angle to you, not only behind you.
How is light interacting with subject and scene?  See Silhouettes against the light.
Flash to fill in shadows.  Shade has even exposure.

Shadows.  Visible showing what? Create shadows purposefully.
May be positive and enhance, or may detract.
Reflections.  Seen in water, puddles, pool, raindrops, mirrors, windows, or objects.

Weather.  Shoot in the sun, in the rain.  Protect camera.
See in the raindrop or dew, colors reflecting the plant and surroundings. 

Rules. Break them. Be patient. Meditate. Have Gratitude.
Express your passion, creativity and joy.

Wabi Sabi. Find beauty in imperfections.


What inspires you?  What is your vision?  Your passion?  Your meaning?  What is your message? 
What is the intention of shooting the subject (flower, animal, tree, rock)? 
Why are you taking this picture?  What do you notice that you want others to see?  

Pretty, evocative, moments, a story, instructional. Conveys drama, mystery, emotion and mood.
Elements.  What attracts you?   Identify those elements, their characteristics, and why you like them.
How do you perceive?  How can you be more observant?
How do you feel seeing and shooting?  Create an image of that feeling.  Share feeling image.
Identify Audience.  Self, family, friends, organizations, photo groups, blogs, FB, press, gallery?

Feel challenged. Create Art.
Have fun and joy in how you see and feel, and record the world in photographs.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy. 

The photographer artist reveals their self in the photo.

Art/Photography is a language of the soul– that expresses meaning and ineffable joy. 
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

"I walk.  I look.  I see.  I stop.  I photograph."   - Leon Levinstein
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  - Henry David Thoreau  (1851)
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
"I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph."  - Joy Krauthammer, MBA, Artist of Light (2012)
Blessed are those who are in awe and walk in the ways of wonder."  - Psalm 128:1 Shir ha Ma’alot” - A song of ascents

BlesSings to see, shoot, and share,
Joy Krauthammer

Excerpt from Creative Soul Featured Interview by Joy Krauthammer:

"In photography, I'm concerned about communicating visually, and gratitude, and safety, risks, legality, morality, courage, comfort zones, caring, consciousness, honoring, respect, staying away from stress-filled scenes, spontaneity, capturing an image, memories, recording moments, telling a story, conveying a mood, new ideas, themes, subject, characteristics, composition, negative space, perspetive, height, width, distance, depth, light, flares, reflection, shadows, clarity, color, texture, shapes, curves, lines, symmetry, patterns, movement, humor, and emotions. 

"For photo post-processing, my 'creative process' mostly in isolation, includes much, and with joy of challenge, success and fun:  In PhotoShop I use 'tools'. With brushes, I may paint over my photos. I use rotations, straightening, curving, subtleties, relationships, size, angle, perspectives, and with layers, masks, alpha, filters, fonts, text, gradients, adjustments, effects, softening, defining, exposure, contrast, colors, saturations, highlights, shadows, opacity, vignettes, borders, retouching, dodging, burning, transforming to the fraction of an inch with cropping, and then choose resolution. Finally for the specific audience, I add watermark, captions, Torah quotes, explanations, and I size to share for web or print."

JOYous Nature Photo Walk  ~  See, Shoot, and Share    joy.52F@gmail.com

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''I will awake the dawn...’' - King David (Shulchan Aruch) 
Sheyeha Hu Meorer HaShachar.

Photographing ~ My Devotion

Early each morning before dawn, joyously
 I again begin my day in wonder, like a child, 
at the edge of the cliff, closest to the horizon and the rising sun. 
For an hour today, from 5:30am, 
with camera in my hands, I am blown over again and again
 by the powerful gusts of wind cleaning the sky
 and distant mountains, 
and I smile 
in the radiance of G*d’s colorful surprises.
May your day be bright.
Love and blesSings, 
Joy Krauthammer ©

As I wait quietly for SUNRISE, and with Ineffable Natural Beauty, and G*d, The Source of All BlesSings  
Faith, Anticipation, Patience, Meditation, Gratitude, Reverence, Surprise, Awe, Amazement, Excitement, Newness, Glory, Exhilaration, Glee, Joy, Delight, AbunDance, Fulfillment, Wonderment, At OneMent, Peace, Stillness, Silence, Connection, Prayer, BlesSings,
And, I try to capture Dawn.

I was so enthralled with morning while waiting for the sun to rise that I thought I would break out of my skin. Truly. My body couldn’t contain my pure joy, delight in the Beloved’s painting of the sky; It was beyond the beyond. The Mystery, and my astonishment, glee and wonder. Even twilight's blue was insane in its hue.  
Jan. 17, 2016
OMG, You are so awesome. Enraptured, my smile is stretched across my face.
Jan. 19, 2016

The primary talent of an artist is his ability to step away from the externalities of the thing and, disregarding its outer form, gaze into its innerness and perceive its essence, and to be able to convey this in his painting (photography).  This is how an artist can serve his Creator.”  - The Rebbe

"meraki. A word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it."  -Wiki
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Photography Art Bio

Joy Krauthammer, MBA, a spiritual Jewish woman serves G*d in Joy, as a purple-loving visual Artist of Light, photographer, passionate performing percussionist, poet, sound healer, spiritual guide, photo walk guide, and gardener, as she makes visible the Face of the Divine.

Doing daily mitzvot, Joy shares her smile, vision and gifts. Judaism and Joy's art are connected through her neshama / soul with her love of G*d, Torah, and creativity. Her kavanot / intentions of art are to uplift, inspire, and to be authentic, truthful, and joyous with conscious connection of wholeness, healing and Oneness, expressed in Four Worlds of Spirit, Mind, Heart and Body.

Photos and videos by Joy fill her 80+ websites, are published in books, magazines, and on-line, and adorn spiritual, and government websites. Revealing the Holy One, her photos have been exhibited at the Jewish Federation, Exodus Festival, Brandeis-Bardin, Mount Sinai Cemetery, 2014, 2015 at American Jewish University, and 2014 at Creative Soul Gallery, NY.

Joy’s images are shared weekly online in 52 Frames, and Caffeinated Photographers, and daily in FaceBook.  Following in the footsteps of her artistic maternal ancestors (and daughter), since a child, Joy has used a camera as medium (as well as earth, fiber, and a drum) for joyous and personal expression.

Artist's Statement

Consciously with my heart and mind, gazing upon The Creator’s gifts, I photograph the joy, wonder and sacred moments experienced in Hod / beauty that inspire my awe and gratitude for splendor that can’t be understood. To reveal more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness is to make visible the Face of the Divine. Post-processing becomes an additional meditation to bring forth joy.

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Artist of Light:

Dear Joy,
You are a gifted photographer, and your photographs reveal light.
Kol Tuv VShalom,
Reb Yosef Ben Shlomo HaKohen, z"l, Jerusalem

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Baby Ducks
© Joy Krauthammer 

© Joy Krauthammer 

Double-Crested Cormorants
© Joy Krauthammer 

Japanese Cherry (Sakura) Tree
© Joy Krauthammer 

© Joy Krauthammer 

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