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I find temples, whether they are Chinese, Thai, Indian or from anywhere else in Asia absolutely fascinating. There is so much to take in - all over there are hundreds of colours, patterns and as well as textures the envelope you senses. Everywhere you look in the temple there is something to take in as well as photograph. It makes taking photographs really easy, which is something no one can really complain about.

When I was in KL I started a small projects with the Chinese Taoism Temples. There wasn't a proper direction with the project however I knew I wanted to start documenting individual temples and everything that is included within them. I had a very productive trip in one of the temples I visited, of which today's photo is coming from.

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Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:17 - 85mm f/4 - 5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Sep 2010 - 8:47 AM
Focal Length:85mm
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Primary Incense
Username:benlee benlee
Uploaded:22 May 2011 - 7:57 AM
Tags:Asia, Chinese, Close-up / macro, Incense, Kuala lumpur, Landscape / travel, Pot, Red, Temple, Travel, Yellow
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lianna  6 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2011 - 10:33 AM

I must say I quite like the shot. The detail is good. The did is good and I like the depth of the crop. Personally I think I would like to see a little more space to the right of the tin and sticks. As they appear to be leaning that way and it gives it a more thoughtful feel to the image. You could almost imagine a hand entering that space.

I too agree with your write up. Fascinating and magical places x x

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banehawi Critique Team 111265 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3289 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2011 - 3:54 PM

Hi Ben.

I like the image overall. The subject is the Incense, however theres some competition between the Incense and the holder for attention. Its a shot that might have been better if it showed the container and the incense in their entirety, with a blurred background behind, or was done with a macro lens and focused only on the incense. The piece of incense leaving the frame, top right is a distraction for me.

With the lens you had available, you would not have been able to get closer, and at 1/15th second you did well to get a shot at all, - I assume you had a solid support.



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