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Buddhist Monk

By Jasper87  
Buddhism in Burma is practised by 89% of the country's population. It is the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion. Monks, collectively known as the Sangha, are venerated members of Burmese society.

With regard to the Daily Routines as Buddhists in Myanmar, there are two most popular practices: Merit-making and Insight Meditation. Merit-making is the most common and involves the observance of Five Precepts and accumulation of good merit through charity and good deeds in order to obtain a favourable rebirth. The Insight Meditation has gained ground since the early 1900s and is believed to lead to enlightenment.

This monk was captured on the veranda of a monastery in Mandalay. I know the face is a touch soft but I couldn't resist the light and colour.


Tags: Myanmar Burma Landscape and travel Buddhist monk

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gajewski 16 10 9 United States
18 Dec 2012 6:46AM
You are correct -- light and color are superb here. This is another fine souvenir of your trip. I can't wait to see more.
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 6:50AM
Superb light and colour Dave very good shot .
NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
18 Dec 2012 7:06AM
That's not my brother..............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

My brotehr and I still communicate through E-Mail..............there is a PC in the temple..............he spends a lot of his time in Cambodia and Burma teaching the children...............GrinGrinGrinGrin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
18 Dec 2012 7:10AM
The subdued lighting works so well in this image, Dave, a superb captured and a most interesting write-up, too. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2290 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:25AM
This is beautiful, and beautifully composed using the soft cool tones of the leaves against the reds, and the dappled light and shadows falling across the scene. Really enjoying your travel uploads, I'll have more time to enjoy them properly in a few days time!
accipiter 11 61 England
18 Dec 2012 7:32AM
I like the light and the sense of contemplative distance given by the soft portrait. A
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:33AM
Such a wonderful image of him thinking
of things far in the distance
love the light and colours captured Dave
fificat100 9 5 2 Scotland
18 Dec 2012 7:52AM
A really nice creative use of the lighting. Not often I enthuse over 'people' shots, but this is way above that category! A brilliant portrait. SmileSmileSmile

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:53AM
Wonderful, evocative shot that makes best use of the available light.
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:56AM
This has a real serenity about it Dave. The peaceful nature of these people is visible from your image - very well taken.
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 8:02AM
Light is so important and this image shows just why. A superb capture.
canonfan 10 7 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 8:07AM
Lovely atmospheric portrait Dave. The colour and light are superb
fentiger 19 920 24 England
18 Dec 2012 8:22AM
A beautifully atmospheric and well composed image. Top Class!!!

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 8:22AM
At times softness enhances an image and this is an example of it. Superb image Dave.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 8:48AM
A world class photograph captured by a world class photographer.

Regards Nathan GrinGrin
Ayoob 9 Australia
18 Dec 2012 8:53AM
Fantastic shot,beautiful light and colours,Dave...Grin
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
18 Dec 2012 9:01AM
This is excellent Dave ! The play of light and shadow is superb !
mex 12 27 3 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 9:08AM
Great light and comp dave lovely image.
cheers phil.
18 Dec 2012 9:15AM
A great portrait and an excellent contrast light and shadow!!
Very well exposed Dave, perfect placement of the monk with good shadow detail . nice one.

EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
18 Dec 2012 9:26AM

18 Dec 2012 9:46AM
Excellent Dave,
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
18 Dec 2012 10:16AM
I can see why you had to attempt such a shot and IMHO you have been so successful, capturing a sense of tranquility and peace, that enhanced by both the lowish light and his tranquil personna.
And such an interesting narrative too, Dave.
Tibetan 8 3 England
18 Dec 2012 10:21AM
An outstanding photo Dave, very good light and the softness adds to the appeal, love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Gavin_Duxbury 11 1 1 England
18 Dec 2012 10:23AM
A great atmospheric image. The qualities of light is stunning. and a great spot of the monk is such a dleicate light. It has been well composed as not to put the figure central of the image, and the balastrade taking the eye out to leaves.

Spot on Dave.


pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 10:27AM
Great low light shot Dave, Peter..
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
18 Dec 2012 11:44AM
I really like the way the lighting has been used
18 Dec 2012 11:48AM
excellent David !!

18 Dec 2012 12:18PM
Very stark and stiking, you've definitely captured the mood of that moment Dave!
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 12:38PM
Fantastic image, superb lighting and composition

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 12:59PM
what a wonderful image...
Richsr 13 91 223 England
18 Dec 2012 1:02PM
Good low light capture in what looks to be a difficult light situation
Regards Richard
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 1:34PM
Love this, Dave a great piece of photographic art.

myrab 14 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 3:38PM
This is a fabulous image, love the moodiness of it.

astyag 13 12
18 Dec 2012 3:48PM
Like the lighting, cleverly done
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:09PM
Beautifully captured with those lovely rich colours enhancing the scene.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
18 Dec 2012 4:24PM
A fine capture, Dave, it certainly has wonderful light and colour Smile
Trev Smile
carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:36PM
A real classy piece of photography, thats what i call a portrait/character study, so creative as well.
Brilliant, Dave.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
18 Dec 2012 4:47PM
Another fabulous picture - superb lighting and atmosphere!

marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:49PM
True skill on display Dave, just screams class. My words really can't do it justice so i will be quiet
HELANA 10 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:50PM
You coutgh the monk very nicely Dave. Very low light but you manage to capture him very well. Creative image
Philip_H 8 1.4k United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 6:02PM
A wonderfully atmospheric capture, Dave.

fazzer 11 54 7 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:12PM
Gorgeous light Dave which has made the image very special,thanks for the write up too found it very interesting
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 7:14PM
great comp dave wonderful colours and tones but it's the light that makes this a stunner for me top shot Wink
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
18 Dec 2012 7:48PM
Love it Dave the softness adds to the serenity.


annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
18 Dec 2012 8:12PM
great candid, the deep shades add to the pensive moment.
213hardy 12 719 England
18 Dec 2012 8:33PM
Right place, right time, Excellent work, Dave

derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 8:54PM
Love the bold colour and light Dave. Fantastic shot.
19 Dec 2012 12:30AM
What a cracker Dave love the shadow and tones
Humblebee 8 1 England
19 Dec 2012 1:11AM
A wonderful image Dave, beautifully captured ... Carol Grin
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
19 Dec 2012 2:03AM
A wonderful and most beautiful image Dave........Sandy
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
19 Dec 2012 3:34AM
Impossible to add any meaningful comment to all of the above, so I'll just say "Well Done" Dave.
Rgds., Jim
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
19 Dec 2012 5:34AM
moody light

almiles 11 38 102 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 6:47AM
Quick eye to see the chiaroscuro potiential, I guess working fast is why the face is soft (AF looks to have locked onto the railings) but otherwise it's damn near perfect. Although the railings lead up vertically, she shafts of light point towards the monk as to the leaves, so all elements are working to draw attention to him. The other nice touch is that he's not looking at the camera. I think keeping it in colour helps identify him as a monk so mono would not be as effective from that point of view. Great image! Smile
19 Dec 2012 10:22AM
Great image, Dave. Very interesting tones and colors. deep
prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
19 Dec 2012 4:40PM
A calm face.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
19 Dec 2012 5:21PM
The slight softness of the face does not bother me - grab shots are what they are. You've nailed the exposure and captured some wonderful light.

PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 9:38PM
The lighting is superb. Love this image. Such peaceful people too. Paul
22 Dec 2012 6:25PM
Excellent image Dave, love the Light and Shadows. The Red works so well in the image, and also very festiveSmile
Have a great Christmas, my very best wishes to you and yours.

John Smile
23 Dec 2012 5:43PM
The play of light here is just divine! I'm in aweSmile
Regards valery
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
26 Dec 2012 5:00PM
You've used the light brilliantly Dave, this image is just as good as some of Si's epzer "Bunblues" pictures that he's uploaded this year
UrbaneMagick 8 172 1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 8:30PM
fantastic candid shot Dave,

I;m really enjoying poretraiture at the moment..especially cultural & this fits the bill nicely.

Hope youve had a great festive season , huge thanks for the comments over the past year.

ZoeKemp 8 31 England
2 Jan 2013 6:35PM
Stunning portrait and lighting Smile Smile
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
8 Jan 2013 8:05PM
'Wonderfully Artistic & Composed color Portrait capture' ~ Peter

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