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Peace In Prayer

By benlee    
Right around the corner from where I'm staying is Masjid As-syakirin, a mosque that has the most amazing pillars and forever reflecting marble floor. Ever since I first walked past it I knew I had to take a photo the only concern was how. During daytime the light is often dull, lacking substance and flat whilst the place is full of people taking refugee from the heat and humidity. I know, travel photography consists of capturing people interacting naturally within their environment but this was not the scene I was after.

At night however, the lights get switched on and the mosque transforms into something different - the people disperse, the light improves and atmosphere arrives. One night, on my walk home from dinner I stopped off to scout out what the best angle to capture the pillars might be (I had no intention of shooting at this point) when I saw a man praying a prime position.

The camera was quickly out and a composition was found - now I just needed to wait. Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture him on his knees as he left soon after I was ready but for me that doesn't matter. The way the mans's head is bowed - clearly deep in pray - the woman walking directly towards me and the arrangement of all pillar make this a personal favourite.

I'm definitely going to be heading back - these pillars open up so many opportunities!

Canon 400 EFS, 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 30mm, f5.6, 1/20, ISO 200, -0.67ev

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Street Reflection People Mosque Malaysia Black and white Kuala lumpur Landscape and travel

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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
17 Aug 2010 12:20PM
Like looking into a pool of light. I wasn't even aware of the people until I read your article about the photo, I was just transfixed by the reflected light. Beautiful. Did you also do it in color?

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ChasD 8 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 12:56PM
Wonderful reflections and composition. The mono works very well.

frz67 8 10 32 Italy
17 Aug 2010 2:07PM
good firm hand! and cracking comp.
well seen and taken
benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 2:14PM
Cheers guys!

I'm still feeling my way round ePZ but you got any good group suggestions?

frz67 8 10 32 Italy
17 Aug 2010 2:24PM
there are a few groups as you can judge by yourself.
It depends on what are you after.
The reality? group, which I belong to, is made by people who would like to share their (unusual, sometimes non conventional) impressions in a non competitive way. I find it very stimulating.
In any case you can join any group you want and then leave it if you don't like it.
welcome to epz, by the way
benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 4:15PM
Hi Joline,

Yes, the original raw was taken in colour and then converted to mono in post. I'm not a fan of the colour but I can upload it if you interested?
great image,excellent composition!
devlin 7 653 39 India
19 Aug 2010 9:56AM
Excellent composition and a very ethereal image
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
21 Aug 2010 11:27AM
This one really stood out in my shortlist this week....a truly beautiful rendition of light and form.
Yes, I would love to see the color version, just for comparison.

(The reality group is a fun group. This would fit right in...also the black and white group would welcome it.)
benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 3:29PM
Thanks Joline for the award.

I couldn't seem to upload another photo today - I'm just limited to one by the looks of things - so I've put the colour version on flicker


I prefer the black and white but let me know what you think if the colour version.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 12:56PM
A wonderful capture !!!
benlee 7 46 4 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 4:42PM
Thanks Helen

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