This Week in Photos, Dec. 28, 2012-Jan. 3, 2013
BCS Bowl Games, parades and plunges ring in the New Year in this week in photos.
photoweek_0103_ss_002People wearing costumes take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30s as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year. 960 1280
photoweek_0103_ss_011Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, some 12 miles from Jerusalem. Almost a dozen devout Jewish men meet weekly at the studio, the only one of its kind in a neighborhood where tensions have flared in the past between religious and secular Jews. The studio offers gender separated classes in accordance with the religious beliefs against the mixing of the sexes in public. 960 1280
photoweek_0103_ss_012An unidentified man dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations. Four men dived into the muddy water of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. The words on the man's back read, "Cheer up! Let's get Italy." 960 1280
photoweek_0103_ss_016Elephants play an exhibition soccer match during the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 106 miles south of Kathmandu. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan participated in the Elephant Race event which involved elephants playing an exhibition soccer match and taking part in various other sporting activities. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_001Actors dressed as Joseph and the Three Wise Men stroll past the US Capitol Building after participating in a live nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court in DC. The Christian Defense Coalition created “The Nativity Project” event to demonstrate that such displays are protected by the First Amendment. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_003Berlin Technical University students dress up as Santas and angels for a pre-Christmas gathering at the cafeteria of the Studentenwerk Nord student support service. The students completed a Santa workshop and will visit company parities and families during the holiday season as a way to earn extra money to help fund their studies. 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-001In her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-003At NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280