Waiting for Sunset
East Mebon hindu temple, originally built on an island in the Eastern Baray (which is now dry), much simpler than the better known temples but still on a grand scale
There is a quite steep climb to the top but worth it with five reddish towers on the top level
About the Photo
Climbing is not easy because of the high of the slipping stone steps, watching up to know how far I was of the top I saw smiles and welcoming signs from this kind group of students, or monks, also waiting for sunset
So, once arrived I went to meet and thanks them, being received with smiles that not stop watching my camera
I realized that watching people climbing is as interesting as the sunset and funnier
In WS I posted their kind signs
Critiques | Translate
batalay (33913) 2013-10-31 17:07
This is a wonderful shot of the group of monks. Here a fill flash might have been helpful, but it is the candid moment you captured that is important.
mcmtanyel (7384) 2013-10-31 19:52
This is one of those rare non-candid photos that is precious. I usually shy away from posed photography. I think what makes this photo so delightful is that the monks are not posing for a photo, they are simply observing you take their photo. Those in the background are reacting to you but not treating you as a photographer. Maybe I have just convinced myself that this is a candid photo, after all!
Whatever it is, it is precious!
subhendu_bagchi (23713) 2013-11-01 2:46
hello, I can see the Combodian monks are keen to show them in camera. Great postures by them. Well captured in a group. A bit underexposed but looking good. nice catch. Tfs.
mirosu (10234) 2013-11-01 4:23
Excellent group photo. I like the men faces watching to your camera and enjoying your activity. The light and light contrast is very good and the tight crop excellent. Very well done photo.
Wish you a nice weekend.
ikeharel (47056) 2013-11-01 5:06
Happy faces were smiling at you, Maria. They were glad to make the long climb just on time for the sunset.
From what red in the note, I tend to think there is a ritual connected with a sunset, that goe's on.
Anyway, the moment was charming, as you caused everybody to turn around in tandem and be on camera.
Buen fin de semana,
holmertz (33585) 2013-11-01 8:59
This is a very charming and enjoyable photo, although the light was not so favourable. Maybe some more PP could have lightened up the faces. But I still like the friendly faces, maybe most of all those two persons at the back turning their heads to give you a bright smile. There is a spontaneity and general pleasantness that I like.
Silvio1953 (109427) 2013-11-01 9:22
Ciao Maria, great multiple portrait weith fantastic smiles, excellent clarity, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (14538) 2013-11-01 10:03
le tue foto scattate in Cambogia hanno una caratteristica in comune: il popolo, quale che sia la sua collocazione nella scala gerarchina, sia che si tratti di contadino o di monaco, è sempre sorridente pur vivendo in una situazione economica ben lontana dalle ricchezza dell'occidente, segno che la loro filosofia di vita e la loro spiritualità sono sicuramente ad un livello più elevato del nostro.
Anche qui monaci, ed anche qui sorridenti ed eppure gran parte della loro vita è legata all'esemosina degli altri.
Saremmo capaci di fare altrettanto noi occidentali che ci riteniamo più evoluti?
La risposta sicuramente è : no.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Cricri (95509) 2013-11-01 11:52
Sympathique rencontre, expression accueillante et souriante, bon cadrage et couleurs , très belle image aussi sur le WS
mesutilgim (75638) 2013-11-01 12:17
Another nice capture from Cambodia with good pov and layout. Interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ourania (21538) 2013-11-01 13:55
I like very much the friendly expressions, the confident glances and the warm smiles. I smiled and understood too when I read the last line of your note. You've travelled much and know people well, this is one of the reasons your pictures look so real and interesting. You haven't missed the spontaneity of the scene but have managed to capture it in a neat composition with fine depth and sharpness. It's good you've included a comprehensible background too. Your readiness is also apparent from the workshop picture. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
abmdsudi (35410) 2013-11-01 20:28
Good shot something we dont see every day. I like the composition in this with all attention being paid to their rather intense look of curiousity mixed with excitement perhaps, highlighting the cultural religious aspect extremely well. I am also attracted to the ancient structures they are sitting on that speak volumes on its own. It's a great historical sight and their looks into your lens bring smile to my face! A fine well thought out shot and tx for sharing.
P/S I have done some adjustment in WS see whether it's acceptable to you and tx again. With regard to your additional pic i think you need to exercise your discretion and care in post processing; the halo is too obvious on the outlining of the image due to; clash-of extreme darkest and brightest high contrast, or it can also be due to extreme in sharpening. These are my sincere neg critiques hopefully is acceptable to you - lets share and learn.
fabbs99 (13541) 2013-11-01 23:38
Excellent group shot of the monks who seem to be happy.Nice colors and lighting.Fine composition, lovely true colors, slightly under lit and with good sharpness. TFS.
Didi (52509) 2013-11-02 8:34
Une scène intéressante
Ici la cellule de la caméra s'est ajustée sur le ciel qui est 5 fois plus lumineux que les parties à l'ombre, cela à sous exposé les ombres
Une mesure spot sur le groupe aurait surexposé le ciel
Surexposer légèrement de 1/3 à + 2/3
Ou photographier au flash éclair très faible
J'ai quand même fait un WS
josepmarin (57075) 2013-11-03 4:10
no debía ser muy fácil subir hasta allí arriba en el templo, pero llegar y descubrir las sonrisas de estos jóvenes monjes con sus túnicas naranja, seguro que fue un buen premio.
Creo que falta un poco de luz en el primer plano, y veo que varios amigos te han hecho WS que solucionan este problema.
Pero eso no desmerece ni estropea tu bonito trabajo.
ChrisJ (92225) 2013-11-15 8:35
I remember Cambodia being very hot and humid even in mid winter so it is understandable why these Buddhist monks are seated in the shade. Good shadow detail and sharpness. Nice repetition of patterns and shapes formed by the monks and nicely broken with the one person at right facing away from the camera yet with their smiling head turned around to join in the photo. Tfs!