The alms round is a key feature of the monastic life and the alms bowl is, for all Buddhists, a symbol of the monastic order.
There are a lot of rules for monks around eating. Foods must be offered by hand from a layperson, though monks who have received food can share, or trade, offerings with other monks. Most foods must be consumed by noon the day they are offered, so cannot be saved for a snack or for the next day’s meal.
Filtered fruit juices may be offered and consumed after noon, until dawn the next day. Sugar, molasses, honey and butter may be consumed any time and saved up to seven days after being offered.
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tyro (25286) 2013-09-18 8:13
Nice to see you back again and I am enjoying looking at this picture accompanied as it is by a very interesting and informative note.
I presume that you used a lens a little wider than 24mm for this one and your use of a very small aperture (f/16) has secured an immense depth of field with the bowl and hands of the leading monk pin sharp, a sharpness only declining slightly as we pass along the row of these dedicated men to the distant background.
The light and colours are divine, the exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite. An excellent and strong composition too.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-09-18 8:43
Quel plaisir de te revoir par ici, çà faisait longtemps qu'on ne t'avait plus vu poster tes bonnes images
Un endroit que je connais et dont je sais qu'il est difficile de tirer de bonnes choses, en tout cas moi je n'y suis pas parvenu
Welcome back, bonne soirée
goodwill (4226) 2013-09-18 9:45
Quality shot of the monks with their alms bowl, Andre. The focus is spot on and the hands of the first monk steal the limelight.
daddo (26794) 2013-09-18 17:12
Hi Andre. A very noticeable shot even in thumbnail due to the impact of your POV and composition.The repetition of alms bowls,heads,robes and feet ad to the rhythm of the procession.With your note this is a special addition to the million or more photos on TE.Regards. Klaudio.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-18 23:03
André, le retour!
Une composition très originale avec ce bol d'aumône en premier plan et cette file de moines prêts à accomplir le rituel. Une photo de remarquable qualité...bien évidemment!
annjackman (21899) 2013-09-19 5:32
I have seen a few of this sort of precession but none that are as good as this. I enjoy the imaginative way that you have cropped the first monk tightly. Gorgeous quality and colours.
Kind Regards, Ann
BennyV (17176) 2013-09-19 5:33
Nice to see you've started posting here again (same as me), somehow we both started with monks. My favourite element in this picture is the sharpness on the hands and the orange wool up front.
everlasting (15238) 2013-11-13 3:10
A classic shot of the begging monks but rendered perfectly. Excellent focus and depth