Friday, November 20, 2009

Stock Photographs of The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a salt lake Its surface and shores are 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is 378 m (1,240 ft) deep, It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. It is 8.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.

In recent decades, the Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking because of diversion of incoming water from the Jordan River to the north. The southern end is fed by a canal maintained by the Dead Sea Works, a company that converts the sea's raw materials. From a depression of 395 m (1,296 ft) below sea level in 1970 it fell 22 m (72 ft) to 418 m (1,371 ft) below sea level in 2006, reaching a drop rate of 1 m (3 ft) per year. Although the Dead Sea may never entirely disappear, because evaporation slows down as surface area decreases and salinity increases, it is feared that the Sea's characteristics may substantially change.

The Dead Sea level drop has been followed by a groundwater level drop, causing brines that used to occupy underground layers near the shoreline to be flushed out by freshwater. This is believed to be the cause of the recent appearance of large sinkholes along the western shore — incoming freshwater dissolves salt layers, rapidly creating subsurface cavities that subsequently collapse to form these sinkholes.

Dead-Sea Stock Photography - Images by photostock-israel .

Ilan Rosen

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Eilat, Israel stock photography

Winter is here so I think it is a good time to talk about Eilat with a selection of our Eilat stock photographs from our archives at

Eilat is Israel's southernmost city, a busy port as well as a popular resort, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Eilat. The city is part of the Southern Negev Desert, at the southern end of the Arava. The city is adjacent to the Egyptian village of Taba to the south, the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east, and within sight of Saudi Arabia to the south-east, across the gulf.

Eilat's arid desert climate is moderated by proximity to a warm sea. Temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and 18 °C (64 °F) in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 79 °F). The city's beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.

Eilat is well known for it's underwater marine life

Timna - Solomon's mines are close

Eilat stock photographs - Images by photostock-israel .

Enjoy your winter vacation

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Practicing Faith Christianity

Christmas is just around the corner so this is a good opportunity to upload some religion and faith stock images

Based in Israel allows us access to many of the most important location of Christianity. We have a vast collection of Christian stock photography from all over the Holyland

Following are some images All available as prints as well at

And just for some fun, an image that is based on the Christmas themes but not exactly

And a short slide show of Christianity Faith

Practicing faith - Christianity - Images by photostock-israel .

Till next time
Ilan Rosen

Friday, November 6, 2009

Anthropology stock photography

From a past life I have a great interest in anthropology
A lot of my personal work is based on the Participating Observer principle. Working a lot with our local subcultures This could be an interesting future post

We are now in the process of collecting anthropology stock images from around the world. we currently have a good coverage of stock images Africa and some coverage of stock images of Asia and Central America

A slide show of some of out anthropology images

Anthropology stock photography - Images by photostock-israel .

Some images from our archive
Hamer Tribe Ethiopia

Karo tribesmen

Mursi tribesmen

Tanzania, Datoga tribe

Hadza AKA Hadzabe Tribe


Padaung Karen woman

Well, we have so many more, I will have to continue in a future post
So, To Be Continued.......

Have a great weekend
Ilan Rosen