*Monks in the Headlights*
Every morning in Luang Prabang around 5:30 AM, processions of monks walk down the streets as locals give them sticky rice for their day’s meals. It’s quite a sight, and of course in the summer it happens at dawn. But in December, it’s still night, which meant I had to expand my bag of tricks to get some interesting shots. I didn’t want to disrupt the scene, so I used a zoom lens. I cranked up the ISO to a whopping 25600, first time ever. I’m surprised at how good and usable the results are. This silhouette shot of a young monk backlit by the headlight of a motorcycle is my favourite.
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Provia 100
There are many charming things about Luang Prabang in Laos, but one of the most exciting ones for me as a photographer was the prevalence of monks. They are everywhere, especially early in the morning and late afternoon, and I took many photos of the monks. This was one of the first ones, and I really like it because it shows many of the aspects I loved beyond the monks themselves : the colonial architecture, the omnipresent mopeds, and the harsh sun.
With waterfalls there’s always a trade off between wide shots to try and capture the grandeur of it all, or closer focused shots to capture the flow. For this shot I chose the latter, and I like how it just feels peaceful.
The Kuang Si waterfalls had many levels of successive waterflows, including this natural stairwell with many tiny steps of water flowing on top of each other. The blue colour of the water is natural as well, the result of particles of limetone being carried by the flow from further up the river.