Today a complete change in my postings, something a little less structured but relating to the rhythms of life.
As a traveller one is often confronted with customs, cultures and beliefs at variance with one's own. I have visited SE Asia several times and I am always struck by the faith that provides daily structure to the lives of the people living there. Unlike the culture I grew up in where religion or belief was an add on to life, I found that faith was an everyday concept. It was not a "put on your best clothes on Sunday" kind of thing. I saw people bowing their heads as they passed a shrine. I saw people making an offering or praying at a shrine on their way home from work. I saw children running and playing in temple precincts. This shot shows offerings and the evidence of faith and prayer outside a small bar on Koh Samui. Food for thought?
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tyro (21114) 2011-07-21 12:02
Yes, indeed, this is very different from your usual postings - and in more ways than one.
This is a wonderful "still life" study of a group of very colourful objects, beautifully presented and perfectly exposed with wonderful contrasts and beautiful deep colours. The lighting is superb and it has brought out all the subtle textures of flowers, pottery and cloth. Technically perfect and pin-sharp too.
But from the technical point of view it is also quite different to your usual postings: an almost close-up shot rather than a landscape one and, wait for it, taken at f/7.1 - that's almost unheard of for Rosemary who usually works at f/22 or f/29! Great!
And a very interesting and thought provoking note too!
GREGG (7888) 2011-07-22 9:54
beautiful composition, good light and shadows!
Crispilandia (842) 2011-07-22 10:00
I love the play of shadows and colors that you do in this picture .. a superb composition of various objects. I love the strips of color (silk?) That gives a touch of color. A great use of light and perfect contrast, is a different photo but special.
Have a nice day!
annjackman (20371) 2011-07-22 11:57
A first class 'still life' with wonderful colours against the black BG. There is a lovely flow to this image where the objects interact and relate to each other beautifully. Your note is excellent - I saw how faith in India was part of their daily lives. I have not been to SE Asia but will be in Vietnam and Cambodia next year. I look foward to experiencing the culture.
Kind Regards, Ann
danyy (0) 2011-07-22 23:54
des lumières vraiment bien calibrées, et bravo si cela est sans flash, ce que je devine au temps de pose de 1/60e. Absolument nette, sans doute un tripod.
Sujet délicat bien cadré, grande technique.
Regards from Belgium.
Nicou (126290) 2011-07-23 0:40
très très beau détail et compo sueprbe iamge avec ce beau jaunes qui ressort parfaitement ces offrandes, super compo intime
Bravo et maitié
risblis (307) 2011-07-24 10:18
great colorful photo with clear details and above all I love the description. I often go to south east Asia (Vietnam) and I know exactly what you're talking about.
yquem46 (38746) 2011-07-24 10:22
A nice and very colorful compo, with subtle light
A beautiful and very moody shot
Have a nice sunday
siolaw (38292) 2011-07-24 21:46
Interesting and colourful still life, with nicely managed soft light.
I am always touched by burned incense stiks... each of them is the expression of someone's wish...
Ninello52 (7572) 2011-07-26 12:48
Beautiful composition and beautiful light! I like the shadow areas where emerging objects and colors! Wonderful definition! A very well done! Congratulations!
Best Regards, Nino.
Waylim (25368) 2011-07-27 18:08
Beautiful shot. Wonderful close up with great details, from such small image, you have capture the essence of Thailand, the culture, custom, and faith.
Love the colors, rich with subdue tone, not overly saturated. Beautiful and artistic composition and so oriental. Very nostalgic for me.
chanteuse (210) 2011-07-31 7:32
Definitely food for thought! I've never been to Asia but have seen photos of the many similar offerings that are left about in India. The only Western point of comparison would be the candles lit as offerings but that is still in sacred context whereas these are uniquely part of life. Very moving.
Comments here on f-stops and tripod are welcome to me, I need to explore this since I like still lifes and low-light photography with lots of contrast. Thank you for a beautifully done photo!