This is taken at the main entrance to the Great Temple of Cao Dai, outside of Tay Ninh. Although this is the main entrance, I don't believe people are actually allowed to enter here, women had to go to the left, men to the right. Maybe the faithful can go straight in, I am not sure.
Actually, there seemed to be a lot of rules at this temple I didn't fully understand. In one area, my girlfriend stepped in to have a better look, but was immediately rushed out. Seconds later, my camera and I were ushered into the exact same spot by the exact same woman, so I could take a shot. Photography was allowed throughout the temple, but when shooting the Great Eye thing at one end of the temple, it was made clear to me that I was not allowed to have people in the same frame as the Great Eye sculpture. I was allowed to shoot people elsewhere, including what appeared to be the religious leaders, as well as the followers during prayer. However, I was forbidden from taking photos of the band that played during the ceremony. All in all a very interesting and beautiful spot, just one in which I couldn't understand all the rules. This guy was there to enforce the entry ban through the main entrance. The people you see in the background are in prayer, this shot was taken during the ceremony.
I wish I had more time here, this was a fascinating place. It is also the spot of origin of one of my favorite TE shots.
This is my first upload from my Viet Nam trip. Quite honestly, my photography sucked while I was there, I will be posting others, but I am dissappointed in myself with the shots I got. The rest of the trip was great though, I want to go back for a month, maybe this summer. anyone interested?
Handheld, ISO 800, focal length 75mm (35mm equivalent 113mm), normal post processing, uncropped.
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maciekda (19861) 2005-02-18 11:35
this is very nice, in fact it is the first portrait from that place i have ever seen, beautiful light and good composition, calm expression of the man. maybe the picture is a bit oversharpened to my taste (especially the face, looks flat somehow), but it is only post-processing. nice work, waiting for more.
Galeota (10338) 2005-02-19 3:07
Nice portrait with a good depth of field. The colours in the background complement well the white costume of this man on the foreground. It's the second time I read that you are very disappointed with your photography while in Vietnam. Just curiosity, but why? Is that related to the places, people, or just yourself?
eleparc (24063) 2005-02-19 6:10
so you are back at last! travelling to vietnam this time. nice shot of this place so many times advertised on TE... but a quite differnet approach with a portrait! i agree with maciek about the slight oversharpening but i still is a googd shot . Nice accompanying note too!
markoci (3927) 2005-02-19 8:40
nice compo interesting background. i like the colours, good quality as ususal. not too crazy about your subject though, he seems quite expressionless. was he security?
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-02-19 16:42
Hi Darren, this is a very friendly face, beautiful portrait this way, nice background, great light.
I mihgt be interested in going, if we take the bike ;-)
leschamb (371) 2005-02-21 23:47
Hi Darren, hope you had a good time in Vietnam.
I too hope to go to this place some day.
I like your sharpened man, and his expression. It;s also good that you got a very interesting background.
Curioso (9271) 2005-03-01 13:19
Very nice composition as it presents a good portrait and a very informative environnement. I like those soft colors very much as it fits very well with the calm and peacful place it must be. I feel this guy has a lot of presence even if a bit too static. I like your shots more and more when I go through your gallery.
- Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) (6823)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony
- Camera: Pentax *ist D, Sigma 70-200 f2.8EX
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cao Dai Great Temple in Tay Ninh [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-02-18 7:46