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Pillars, temples, and bronze lion

September 21, 2011 10:00 am HKT Leave a comment Go to comments

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This is one of the temple shots I took in Penang (Photo 1). You can see lots of pillars in temples, but they only look good when backlit or side-lit by ambient or artificial light. They look more interesting if you make the objects look abstract using a specific composition. I have no idea what this sculpture is but I still find it intriguing. You can find out yourself by rotating it clockwise, which is its normal orientation.

Photo 2 shows you what the afternoon sunlight can do to a picture. This was shot inside the same temple as Photo 1. The low sunlight around 4:00 p.m. shed light on the floor through this door and made it quite a scene. Photo 3 was taken a bit earlier at the same site. The scene caught my eye because there are a lot of colors involved. Photo 4, however, was not taken in Penang. Rather, it was shot later in Hong Kong’s most famous temple, Wong Tai Sin Temple. It was an overcast day, but as long as the subjects are interesting, we can still take decent pictures. The bronze lion here has interesting shapes and the way it reflects the light did make a good picture. Coupled with the shining gold and red colors of the temple, the whole scene is one of the best scenarios for travel photos.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1
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