In villages and cities you will always see monks walking around markets and shops in the mornings, gathering alms in their bowls - this is the food they will eat for the day - and anything else that people give them. In Luang Prabang, the most interesting thing to witness is the traditional daily ritual of the alm collection by the monks, one of the picturesque attractions where hundreds of monks and novices, like one neverending line of deep orange robes parading in a steady flow through the chilly morning mist along Sisavangvong street, to be given alms by hundreds of devout residents.
It is a colorful and awesome spectacle when their saffron robes gleam in the dull morning hue, and the sheer number of givers and receivers.
There's still not a ray of sunshine and there's no hint of the day that lies ahead. This truely is an unforgettable experience to be alone as an outsider observing a distinctly local event, a unique glimpse into a world where traditional tenets Buddhism are still adhered to by most of the population in their day to day life. Laos is a culturally and visually striking and that very moment is not to be missed.
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holmertz (59006) 2012-05-06 7:27
This picture is indeed dazzling and also looks like a kind of reverie, because the slight blur and the sort of fading colours have given the photo a dreamlike atmosphere. The long line of saffron-coloured monks walking along the temple wall in the grey light of early morning makes a strange and fascinating look.
BennyV (20445) 2012-05-06 10:01
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Taking pictures of the monks on their alm round in Luang Prabang is a difficult balancing act. Yes, it is beautiful and terribly photogenetic. But just before dawn, there's a lack of light - and often an abundance of tourists too. Both trouble the discerning photographer, the tourists more so than the lack of light. You don't want to be another idiot with a camera disrupting this beautiful, religious scene. (And I mean religious in the widest possible sense of the word.)
Your picture here tells me that you understand this dilemma. It is subtle, as a photographer your presence remains humble. As it should here. Great work.
I tried the same balancing act a few years ago. I'll be curious to see what you think of the result.
kato (11630) 2012-05-06 11:55
You're capturing well this morning scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle that many monks wearing orange robe are waling along the street with bowl. It is the same spectacle as Thailand of a Buddhism nation. And, it's interesting in wall's shape golden ornaments at left side, too.
Have a nice day.
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-05-06 14:29
ha uno strano impatto questa tua nuova foto, un impatto che non riesco a capire da cosa derivi, ma a me piace moltissimo perché è molto suggestiva e molto particolare, con questa fila di monaci che creano un bel tocco di colore ed anche un eccellente impatto emozionale. I miei soliti complimenti ad un fotografo mai banale.
Un caro saluto
bukitgolfb301 (45107) 2012-05-06 16:39
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Yes another fantastic image! Hidup!
So well considered framework and composition.
Wonderful slow shutter speed usage, that contirutes to this great presentaion. Thanks for your sharing with your good job and have a good start of week, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
dkmurphys (64467) 2012-05-07 1:35
Well, this is quite picturesque. May be a poor quality but the blurry effect is perfect for the scene. Well catch!
delpeoples (59772) 2012-05-07 18:21
Hi dear Abmdsudi
This is a really interesting photo technique that has resulted well. It's very eye-catching, the row of monks in bright orange and they contrast well against the surroundings. The post-processing is good too with an almost soft-focus effect, adding to the mood of the composition. Nice work, very unusual and interesting.
Waylim (25436) 2012-05-07 23:03
I love this, though it is not as sharp and clear, but I love how it depict exactly what it is like early in the morning before the sun is even up yet and the monks are already out around town. The colors of orange robes like a warm glow of the fire slowly appearing at the end of the street and slow they approaches you one by one in a roll. The mood is just so pure and so true to the reality and yet it is like a dream.
A super nostalgic image for me.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-05-08 3:01
The image slightly disturbed, and the colorful silhouettes in the gray atmosphere, is a true artistic creation. The photo is beautiful and deep. Bravo.
Have a nice day
sacimar (28637) 2012-05-08 6:06
I like this image, the visual effect you got here is interesting, the monks are eye catching inside the dark composition, well seen,
mauro61 (52857) 2012-05-08 12:16
immagine elaborata con un buon effetto soft sulla fila di monaci che scendono sulla via.
Buona la resa,
Cricri (125748) 2012-05-09 5:00
Il semble comme dans un rêve, les couleurs oranges toutes en perspective qui ressort dans la lumière sombre du petit matin, belle réalisation
ourania (51079) 2012-05-09 9:48
a great composition from a wisely chosen point of view that places the main subject, the procession of monks, on the upper half of the frame and creates a marvellous sense of depth and perspective. There's a surprising sense of movement. I love the way their bright saffron robes stand out in the grey ambiance and atmosphere illuminating the picture and making it beautiful, suggestive and optimistic. Well done and thank you!
All the best,
nikkitta (17068) 2012-05-09 20:02
Very interesting capture you manage to obtain at the early hours, so evading tourist and being alone, great experience
Great technique to obtain the blurred image
Good POV in diagonal
Congrats and TFS
jmdias (68589) 2012-05-13 9:16
very creative the image and the way you used the monks and their colored clothes to created a fabulous contrast with the greyish mood around. good diagonals and interesting fog in the air.
Angshu (56760) 2012-05-13 21:30
You remained distant, you remained unintrusive for them, you were invisible...your respect while photographing this 'ritual' is appreciable. Often photographers forget that this is indeed a solemn moment. The sombreness of the scene is enhanced by you use of a misty feel in PP here. It does appear to be a transient dream. Fine presentation indeed & very thoughtful!
speedymanu (3701) 2012-05-23 3:35
A surprising eerie atmosphere. The monks add a delicate and colorfulf touch to the predominant asphalt. The composition is very interesting with a clever use of diagonals. Thans for sharing,
aliabazari (16278) 2012-12-29 18:55
Hi abmdsudi Dear
Awesome shot, I love it. Clearly seen. Exposure and color are very good. So beautiful.
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-08-01 19:54
Hello Abmdsudi ~
I love this blurry, dreamlike sequence ~ the dazzling florescent, luminous orange trail of robes disappearing off into the morning mist ... wonderful! A fantastic contrast of colors, a surreal parade. Great job!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57606)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, RAW
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/15 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-06 7:07