Photographer's Note

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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