A Photo Worth More Than 1,000 Words; And The Story Behind It

PHOTO [Click to enlarge] The attached shot of the Siyum Hashas, taken by Hudi Greenberger of Lakewood, was stitched together from over 70 individual shots, which were taken for this purpose. The full resolution of the final picture, is a whopping 90,000 X 8,400 pixels. At that resolution, you can print a picture at full quality (300dpi) to the tune of 63”X28” and you can actually see detail in people’s faces on the other side of the stadium. For comparison, a 12 megapixel camera takes pictures at 4,290px X 2,800px and has a max print size at 300dpi of about 14”X 9”. 

Hudi relates his Siyum Hashas experience and talks about this amazing photo.

“My father was, b’h, one of the Mesaymim, so I didn’t want to leave our family (which was mostly sitting together) to go be a ‘photographer’ for this amazing evening. Sometimes it’s more important to take in the moment, than to be busy capturing it… So I brought my camera in mind to take just this one (or 70?) shot. We were sitting right under the Jumbotron to the left side in this picture (I am actually able to recognize my father and brothers in the picture because I knew where we were sitting!). So I walked around to mid-field (around section 235 or so) and looked at few angles until I decided which one I wanted to shoot from. Fiddled with the setting, took the shots in succession, and went back to where my family was sitting. The whole thing took me about 15mins.” 

Hudi continues, “The Siyum was so explosively amazing… nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. I wanted my picture to capture the vastness of over 90,000 Yidden sitting together b’yachdus and sharing a Simcha like no other.” 

“Despite the famous adage, ‘A picture is worth more than a thousand words’, this picture – no picture for that matter – cannot capture that tremendous, overpowering emotion and simcha that I felt sitting there witnessing this beautiful Kidush Hashem together with my fellow Yidden. For that, there are simply no words. However, for those that were there, a picture can serve as a reminder that will bring back those emotions. Every time I look at it, it chokes me up… One woman (who was there) emailed me that she was so overcome with emotion after seeing this picture that she burst in to tears!” 

“I hope and pray to see you by the 13th Siyum Hashas iy”H in Yerushalayim, where you and I will be amongst the ranks of Mesaymim!”

(If you’d like to inquire about purchasing this photo, email Hudi at [email protected] or call 732-779-9966). TLS.



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  1. Quick note – the picture above is NOT at full resolution and is just for your viewing pleasure. its only about 1.5mb… the full one is over 150mb! That’s where you can really see the detail.

  2. I sat on the 3rd level with my kids in section 315 – a few rows down and a few feet over from the word “Stadium”.

    Are the details there clear?

  3. HG –

    Section 315 was basically beneath the Metlife Stadium sign way above the dais.. So I’m sure my section did get into the shot.. I just don’t know know if there’s enough detail?

  4. Anon # 15 –

    I think it really depended on which speaker was talking..

    Some were very clear and resounding and overcame the challenge of the echo. Others I will concede were not so..

  5. Wow, Hudy, Bli Ayin Ho’ra, guitarist, sound-tech, photog ! What a talent u are ! And using ur talents & creativity for the right things, B”H. We’re so proud of you. Keep it up ! Ur student, Dudi B.

  6. Notice how the pictures on the two screens don’t match, because they were taken sequentially and then stitched together. 🙂 A great picture, shkoyach!

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