Thursday, March 7, 2013

Monks in Exile

Tibetan Buddist Monks

Settings:  1/50       ƒ/1.8     ISO400       50 mm
This is a photograph I took in the Tsuglag Khang Monastery in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, in the State of Himachel Pradesh, North India. This was during a ceremony and the three monks were carrying some kind of liquid (maybe tea) in a small bowl which they were offering to the Older monks who were sitting. One of my favourite things about this photograph is how they are holding they robes in their mouths. The focus falls dead center on the monk in the middle but quickly my eyes get drawn down to the monks reading prayers in the bottom left.

Photography Tips: Frame your scene and wait for the perfect composition. Some people just constantly snap photos and hope for a good one, but this leave no time to think, you need to be paying attention to all the little details. If your too busy constantly taking photos you might miss that perfect moment. This photo is using a very shallow depth of field (ƒ/1.8 ) to draw your attention to the monk in the center. Notice also that he inst dead center but just slightly off center, best not to put important elements dead center, unless you are doing this for a reason.

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