Sometimes, I am not in the mood of writing.
If I still want to post something, I know a picture of Angkor Wat will never fail me.
I am happy that I have rediscovered the Angkor Wat photos some two years back when I thought I have totally lost them.
These stone carved figures have always interested me.
Instead of carving the feet of the girls as protruding, the sculptors have always turned their toes sideways.
Some people said the toes are always turned in one direction, but as this picture shows, the toes could be turned in the other direction too!
To go with this picture, I have the following quotation from Vincent Van Gough:
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Let’s not be seen by others just as a wisp of smoke!
It is not unusual that I got requests from readers asking whether they could see certain images in the upcoming posts.
Frankly speaking, I am pleased to do that provided I have those images and I am in a mood to upload them; instead of continuing to do things at my own discretion and pace.
Some recent requests include:
- wanting to see the Black & White version of the “room” in Angkor Wat temple.
- wanting to see the original image of the Hong Kong city skyline during night time without the added blue tint.
I am including these images and those recently posted ones for comparison purposes.
As you can see, the B&W showing the room in Angkor Wat is more mysterious and spooky.
It is difficult to say whether the HK night scene is better without the blue tint.
Although, I must say, the blue tint sometimes work better.
I have another image here with the blue tint, unlike the other one , the background doesn’t have many colored lights – it is just blue or white – it looks even more calm and fantastic!
This week’s WPC is Room.
This is a view taken of a room within the Angkor Wat Temple.
I have walls on two sides and an opening in front of me.
The opening leads to other rooms or spaces.
Lying on the floor are blocks reminding me sort of ruins.
Looking further out are some rounded sacred objects.
I couldn’t help asking myself whether I was in a real place . . . . . . . . or was I just dreaming!
It is actually an inside view from the inside.
I like photographing the interior of the Angkor Wat Temple.
There is always a mysterious atmosphere in the images.
One day, I will gather the inside views together and get them posted!
The main theme of my photography at Man Mo Temple was smoke and light ; and I thoroughly the experience.
Light was coming in at an angle and there was a swirling cloud of smoke from the burning incense.
I could remember the smoke scenes from many movie pictures, but it was a scene which I have never seen before.
On looking closer, the smoke from some joss sticks did float up in streaks, streaks which gave the place a particular atmosphere.
The ascending smoke just threw me into a trance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I have been showing two posts – one with burning conical incense and the other one with joss sticks and the swirl of smoke.
I was, in fact, putting the carriage before the horse.
What I should have done was first introduce how the temple looks like before showing the details of the interior.
In this post, I will be trying to show what you would see if you walk from the entrance towards the interior.
Man Mo Temple is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai (文帝) / Man Cheong （文昌） and the martial god Mo Tai (武帝) / Kwan Tai (關帝). The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties. There are several Man Mo Temples in Hong Kong, the best known of which is the temple in Sheung Wan, the one shown in my photos.
You will see that the conical incense are hung up high, with circular pans to collect any falling ashes from the incense. In between the pans, the sunlight comes through at an angle, creating a surreal scene.
On the floor are two big bronze bowls, full of sand and ashes, inserted through here are the joss sticks, some small ones and some really large ones.
In the coming posts, I will post more pictures showing details of the incense and clouds of smoke!
This week’s challenge is Inside.
Many of the images we saw for Angkor Wat, Cambodia pertains to the outside, outside of the temples – the Buddha faces, the ruins, the giant tree roots etc.
The interior of the temples is also interesting, if not more so. However, as the interior of the temples is usually dark, and therefore not very suitable for picture taking.
This image is taken inside the temple.
Have not done any research to find out what this bell shaped structure is. Have seen a multitude of stone bells at Borobudur UNESCO site, Indonesia. They are more finely sculptured, perforated with holes in them as well. These stupas housed 72 Buddhas at several levels.
However, at Angkor Wat, this bell is not perforated. Does it enclose anything inside?
It looks intriguing, does it?
This week’s photo challenge is Perspective.
We get different perspective of the same object if it is viewed from different angles, different light condition, different background, through different framing. In photography, the same object may have different perspective if the degree of exposure, contrast, colors, zooming etc. are adjusted.
Here is an image taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia while looking up a long flight of steep steps. It is also a truncated view of the whole temple. From this perspective, there is no way to know how big or high is the temple, how the steps are related to the whole temple and to the surrounding.
The next image shows the front view in its entirety and how the temple relates to the surrounding. However, from this perspective, we still don’t know what the side view is like, we have no idea as to the dimensions or scale of the sides of the temple.
The third image was taken to show the side view, it enables the reader to have a 3D appreciation as to what the temple is like instead of just giving a partial or truncated view.
However, pictures are not taken just to show what the reality is like. We need pictures to show what is interesting, to show what was on the photographer’s mind and what he wants to portray.
Hope you concur with my perspective of Perspective!
We were high up on one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains – Mount Emei (峨眉山) which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
It is located in Sichuan Basin (四川盆地), to the west of Emeishan City (峨眉山市) and Leshan City (乐山市).
Mount Emei gets the name because its curvy mountain profile which resembles a girl’s curvy eyebrow; although some said this is unrelated.
The highest peak is approximately 3,099 meters above the sea level. The patron bodhisattva of Emei is Samantabhadra, also known as Puxian (普贤大佛) in Chinese.
Here up in the mountain, we were surrounded by a heavy mist.
The mist was so heavy that I could only see, maybe, twenty feet in front of me.
Among the mist, I could see part of the Jinding Temple ( golden temple), but the roof just disappeared into the mist.
Obviously, I didn’t take many photos as the mist meant that many features could not be seen.