Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/850s, ISO 200
There are a lot of temples in Bali, and a lot of stray dogs in the temples. This one was very peaceful, sitting at the front of one of the temple doors. Mind you it was so hot the poor creature must have been overheating like crazy…
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
Bedugul is a beautiful area in the Balinese mountains up North, and sufficiently off the beaten path that it’s not swamped with tourists. The pagoda of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is quite beautiful, set as it is in the Danau Beratan lake. This felt properly Balinese and Oriental at the same time.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/1600s, ISO 25
Last time I was in Rome I took the time for a long morning stroll in the Villa Borghese, and I stumbled upon this artificial lake (I’m assuming) with a tiny roman temple in the middle. The reflection in the lake gave the impression of two temples, and so I snapped it right up!
Fuji X-Pro 2, 45mm, f/4, 1/10s, ISO 6400
Just next to where I live – in Tai Hang – is a tiny temple full of character. It’s very dark inside, and when I went there with my fastest lens (the 85mm 1.4) I realised I couldn’t shoot anything, it was too small ! So I used my stabilized 15-55 at the maximum workable settings (very slow, high ISO) and this is what came out. Quite proud of that one, and it really shows a side of Hong Kong that tourists rarely get to see.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
I think it was in The Photographer’s Eye that I first saw words put to the importance of color contrast in photography and it’s role in composition. Not that this one is particularly anything to write home about, but it’s certainly one where I tried to put that in practice.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 800
The first time I saw such massive incense spirals burning was at Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. I was happy so see some again in Saigon, they’re such graphic objects. The light was much better in Saigon too although it makes them a tad less dramatic I guess.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/75s, ISO 200
Sometimes you know when you take a shot that it’s going to be a good one. This was one of those times. I’ve tried to capture this moment when temple visitors light their incense sticks many times, but I’d never really nailed it until then.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1000
One of the things I love about Buddhist temples is that there’s always something going on, people praying or burning incense, and it’s all very relaxed, unstructured. Very different from what we expect to see in a Church in Europe.