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At The Feet Of Buddha

At The Feet Of Buddha

So I was on the National Harbor for a photo excursion. I took the water taxi over and only had a two hour window to shoot and I was nearing the time to get back to catch the boat back to where I parked my car. It was a hot day and as is my tradition when I am out for shooting I stop and enjoy a beer at some point. I happened to wander into Grace’s Mandarin for my beer…

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Ancient Faces

Ancient Faces

When I finally got around to shooting with the Sony RX100M3 I went to the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. I have shot there before but I did it all manual focus stuff and wasn’t pleased with the images. One of the interesting things about shooting in a museum like this is the light changes from blinding to non-existent so ISO ranges are all over the place. It was a good test of what…

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Little bit of Thailand in Virginia

Little bit of Thailand in Virginia

I miss Thailand a lot.  It’s not a secret and with the weather being horrific around here I miss it even more.  There is a wat (temple) near me that serves the local Thai community so after a camera show where I picked up a 55mm 1.2 lens I headed out to Wat Yarnna Rangsee and shot these.  It was Noon so the light was horrible and the camera was still in jpeg mode which I realized AFTER this shoot…

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Buddha and the Spirit Tree

Buddha and the Spirit Tree

I am feeling better from my Avian-Swine Flu Hybrid (still self diagnosed) so I figured I owed it to Buddha to process some more images.  Two different cameras, one the Olympus OMD-EM5 and the other the Canon 330HS.  I leave it up others to figure out which is which but without looking at the file names.    

Offerings to Buddha

Offerings to Buddha

This is a typical offering area in a temple where the monk on duty (I’m guessing) sits and chants and people can give donations to the monks.  This is a typical money tree is what I call it but I’m sure its called something else. You put the donation in a little slot on the stick.  Thais not being overly wealthy usually give small offerings like the 20 Baht bills you see predominately in the image.  I really like how…

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Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha

The Buddha of Fort Myers (least I think).  If this guy was in Thailand he would be covered in offerings.  While the weather down here in Florida is similar to Thailand I much prefer the real thing. Used DxO Viewpoint to change the perspective of the image to get it so it didn’t look like it was shot on a 118 degree viewpoint lens!

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho located in Bangkok.  If there is a tourist trap in Bangkok bigger than the Grand Palace this would be it.  You get charged to go in and they herd you through as fast as possible.  They truck the tourists in by the bus loads and its not really that great of an experience.  Most Wats (Temples) in Thailand are pretty laid back with groups of people chatting and visiting, you have monks and nuns running around…

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