Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I took a while to post for this week’s challenge.

The Buddha at Wat Pho is almost impossible to capture in its entirety. My entry for this week’s challenge: one shot from each end.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

My top 5 silhouette shots, in random order:

We aren’t allowed to photograph the original at the Museum, so we have to make do with replicas. Here is one of David at Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze.

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, is best associated with the bustle of traffic around the lake and crowds of people enjoying the breeze. This is a rare sight of people meditating amidst all that chaos:

Buddha is one of those forms that lend itself beautifully to silhouettes. One of my favourites at Borobudur, Indonesia:

Photographing exotic orchids at Singapore’s Orchid Garden can get tiring for the eyes and the feet. Then when I lay down on the ground, exhausted, I had to raise my arms for one more click:

This may not be the best silhouette shot, but it is my absolute favourite, bringing back memories of a wonderful trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A sunrise cycling trip, and we were looking at the wrong side until Souvik decided to walk around the monument, then rushed back to let me catch the view just in time:

The glory of Buddha

Magnificient idols of Buddha, many with their personal histories, made for a grand view of the ‘other’ side of Bangkok – away from the malls and markets. The touts did their best to drive us away to the ‘gemstones’ but the real gems were here.

Wat Traimit: Buddha in solid gold. The Wat is surprisingly boring for such a stunning idol - the grey marble building looked like cement from a distance!

 

 

 

Wat Phra Kaew: Emerald Buddha (actually carved in Jade). This Wat was so ornate all over the interior and exterior, you could be forgiven for missing the Buddha inside. Here the idol is in winter clothes.

 

Wat Pho: Reclining Buddha; my favourite of all the idols I saw. The flowers didn't need to be there.

Wat Pho: The size of the Wat housing this Buddha is disproportionately small, and it's impossible to appreciate the size and pose of the statue.

Chatuchak market selection: In every colour imaginable!