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By Jasper87  
A monastery in Mandalay where the monks line up (in their hundreds) to receive their meal for the day, the food being donated by locals.

A big thank you for your comments on ' Rising Damp ' and to Darryl, Sanjeev, Zoe and Helen for their UAs, very much appreciated.


Tags: Burma Monks Buddhism Landscape and travel

Voters: fentiger, nonur, NDODS and 114 more

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fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
17 Jan 2013 9:23AM
Excellent photography.


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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Yes, excellent work for competitions. Wonderful achievement that speaks for itself!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Brilliant, the selective focusing working superbly. A very pleasing and high quality image Dave.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 9:43AM
Very special image Dave.............................. I do think this is the first time I haven't had to scroll for a mile to commentWinkGrin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Jan 2013 9:46AM
Wonderful focusing, Dave, a superb image. Carol
Super shot
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 9:58AM
Superb shot, the selcetive focusing really makes this image powerful
Tibetan 6 3 England
17 Jan 2013 10:02AM
Brilliant shot Dave full of the right atmosphere, excellent low light shot, well done.regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
17 Jan 2013 10:03AM
Excellent Dave, love their expressions,
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
17 Jan 2013 10:09AM
Love the expression of the main monk in the image. Personally, I would tone down the light areas in the BG
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Jan 2013 10:10AM
Another glimpse into the lives of some in the monastery, and with effective use of wide aperture and selective focussing, Dave.
Love their impassive expressions and the subdued lighting.
17 Jan 2013 10:18AM
Another superb photo, Dave!
The focussing on the one monk adds much to the whole atmosphere og the picture.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
17 Jan 2013 10:40AM
Excellent use of shallow DOF Dave; beautiful image!
Richsr 11 91 223 England
17 Jan 2013 10:52AM
Picked a godo point of focus in this Dave.
Regards Richarda
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 11:12AM
Excellent insight into the lives of the monks with selective focussing
on the subject and to quote Ronnie the impassive expressions of the monks as a whole.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
17 Jan 2013 11:14AM
Great atmosphere Dave and the colour is lovely Smile It carries an air of quiet expectation Smile
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
17 Jan 2013 11:20AM
Love the effect you have added to this image Dave it really picks the main character out.

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 11:47AM
Lovely colours - and excellent focus on the one monk
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Jan 2013 11:52AM
That one face ( Steve McCurry aka ) excellently taken, deliberate technique Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 11:57AM

Quote:Another superb photo, Dave!
The focussing on the one monk adds much to the whole atmosphere og the picture.


if I can add good use of shadow and light
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 12:03PM
this is stunning dave a real gem top shot Wink
17 Jan 2013 12:14PM
Excellent photography and focusing Dave. Very well captured
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Jan 2013 12:17PM
Excellent shot.......Sandy
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
17 Jan 2013 12:23PM
Think it's all been said already.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 12:39PM
Super, moving photo journalism, the individual in the crowd.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
17 Jan 2013 12:39PM
One face in a crowd - beautifully isolated. A superb shot with great light.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 12:45PM
Superb selective focussing
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
17 Jan 2013 1:01PM
This is really excellent. Beautifully framed and focussed, and the concentration on one face. Lovely colour.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 1:20PM
Perfect focus and eye contact!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
17 Jan 2013 1:43PM
A top notch image captured with all your skills and photographic knowledge.
17 Jan 2013 1:43PM
This is top draw
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 2:02PM
Immaculate dof and colour Dave, great capture.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 2:34PM
Amazing use of dof, brilliant focus.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Jan 2013 2:42PM
Your choice to focus on ONE face, allowing the rest to be oof in varying degrees has set this in the outstanding range
I have enjoyed all your images in this series!
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 2:54PM
Superb use of focus to produce a lovely image
17 Jan 2013 2:59PM
Excellent capture Dave. The selective focusing makes the image very strong
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Jan 2013 3:04PM
Must be the biggest soup kitchen in the world Dave !!
A fine shot.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
17 Jan 2013 4:13PM
Excellent piece of photo-journalistic work, Dave Smile
Trev Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
17 Jan 2013 5:18PM
How selective focus should be applied Dave, a stunning piece of photography.


9 10 10 England
17 Jan 2013 5:19PM
Love how you have focussed on one monk - excellently composed image.
17 Jan 2013 5:30PM
Excellent dof Dave, another stunning image from your Travels.

John Smile
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 5:35PM
Superb portrait, excellent dof and light

HELANA 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:13PM
They all look very well fed Dave,GrinGrinGrin. Grate dof. Gorgeous shot.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:21PM
This really is outstanding ... as shown by all those user awards....
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:27PM
Great capture and focus on one face - with excellent eye contact.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
17 Jan 2013 6:41PM
Dave, this is a wonderful comp. -- great color and perfect use of DOF to focus us on that particular face.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:58PM
Another stunning image, Dave, one of your best overall images, it has the lot, composition, creative thinking, a feeling of movement, lighting and photographic skills.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:59PM
WOW!!! What an unbelievably powerful photo. The selective focussing brings a totally new atmosphere to the image. A-m-a-z-i-n-g!! Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:35PM
Super image Dave, love the DOF.
Regards, Alf.
O it's a great shot, everything right everything to like , powerful but at the same time getting a glimpse into life as they know. fascinating image excellent work.

Oh yes Oh yes, just hits the spot great depth of field and lighting.

Another Whiterose masterclass.
17 Jan 2013 7:45PM
abeeror2 5 23 Australia
17 Jan 2013 8:10PM
One of the best photographs I haver seen!
6 3 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 8:44PM
I love how the image focuses on one person. Stunning work and probably my fav so far from your tripGrin
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
17 Jan 2013 8:55PM
Brilliant take - top focus in this.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 9:08PM
A powerful image Dave, excellently portrayed. The selective focus gives the illusion of movement (implied or actual???) stunning matey.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 10:13PM
Now this is what is classed as a top shot Dave..and what focus is all about
sorry have just got here without a UASad
but can say congrats on all the UA's very deserving
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 10:33PM
Classy image..up there with your very best Dave...... award already given, but ........

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Jan 2013 10:55PM
fantastic, wonder how you did the radial movement!
I like the shadow the focal point giving this originality and telling a story which is important to a picture. So you are using one of the benchmarks in art Original - Technically Correct - Impact..........
Well done. WesternRed.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 6:30AM
I guess it's all been said but having just one face in focus in a crowd is a very skillful technique and hard to achieve. The uniformity of colours keep the comp beautifully simple and means nothing to distract the eye. There seems to be a radial blur effect centred on his right eye and strengthening towards the frame edges. It enhances the movement and contrasts the stillness of his gaze. Lovely Smile
wenzu78 6 7 Malta
18 Jan 2013 7:00AM
Excellently seen.


pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 8:09AM
Great shot Dave and like the focusing on the single monk, will see some monks also on my hols, Peter..
18 Jan 2013 10:57AM
Regards Valery
18 Jan 2013 12:14PM
Excellent example of selective focusing. Very powerful image.

18 Jan 2013 1:47PM
excellent !!!!

18 Jan 2013 2:17PM
They are unfazed by the living of modern cities.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Jan 2013 3:18PM
Utterly brilliant shot and well worth all those awards, Dave. That one monk in focus and all the rest simply blurring around his gaze. Genius.

Humblebee 6 1 England
18 Jan 2013 4:44PM
Top Notch Dave - your selective focusing together with the eye contact, has produced nothing short of a masterpiece ... Carol Grin
SteveNZ 9 4 5 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 9:58PM
Beautiful image.
I would like to make comment... one ear seems to be very well lit. I can't quite decide whether it adds or detracts to the image??
Cheers -- Steve
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
19 Jan 2013 2:34AM
As the 101st. voter it's impossible to add anything of any value Dave, just congratulate you on what is - as best I can remember - the most UA's I've ever seen for one upload, all very well deserved too!
Rgds., Jim
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 5:01AM
Top shot Dave ,cracking focus point and congrats on the awards .Only took me 5mins to scroll here and write this ...lolTongue
19 Jan 2013 4:11PM
So interesting to see. I wonder what they are thinking about ! Food maybe !!Wink
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 7:29PM
I am so sorry I missed this a couple of days ago Dave because I would most definitely have added my UA to the veritable avalanche that this stunning image has been given.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
22 Jan 2013 8:22PM
'Superb color Reportage Imagery!' ~ LEx Wink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Jan 2013 11:16PM
An outstanding image Dave, it's all been said already
31 Jan 2013 10:36AM
Yes all been said but I must add my congrats on such a wonderful shotSmile

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