During the winter months, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims flock to Bodhgaya, the place where Siddartha achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha (lit - the Awakened One). In 2003, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, held the Kalachakra Initiation, there. In the days leading up to the Kalachakra, he visited many of the monasteries in the area. This shot is from Wat Thai - the main Thai temple in Bodhgaya.
Shot on a Canon EOS 300 (Rebel 2000), using on camera flash and print film. Various dust spots cloned out in PSP8, plus some levels, curves and USM. Sorry for the poor scan.
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ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2005-01-17 22:49
I am very much impressed you could take picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from such close distance.Red, golden and saffron colors are adding to beauty of picture.
laurenz (249) 2005-01-17 23:02
A very nice, almost "private" portrait of the Dalai Lama.
It's a pity that not more is visible of the face of the monk in the foreground and that there is this other person in the background.
Personally, I'd crop off parts of the image at the left and top, as I find that they more distract from the main scene than add to it.
Surrealist (105) 2005-01-19 9:53
...okay shot and I guess the contrast is too high that it actually takes away the essence of reality of the picture. It almost look plastic to me. Decreasing the contrast might lower the saturation of the color but it will bring back the real feel of the image. I think !!!