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Old Feb 16, 2011, 5:44 AM   #1
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Shooting a wat (temple) entrance that faces the sun is a frustrating exercise in blown out highlights because of the various reflective surfaces. It's also tough to come up with something different than what every tourist has shot.

I used this vendor booth which had hung fabric both for decoration and to keep the sun out of the vendor's eyes. Furthermore, in certain contexts, yellow and gold fabrics have symbolic meanings in Buddhism, Thai politics, and Thailand as a nation.
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G'day mate

Thanks for the explanation - and the image is nicely done too
I wonder how golden the cloth would look in sunshine??

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i think that while your idea is good, and you have texture and some nice lines, its just not enough. if you are going for an abstract colors / lines type photo, its just not really abstract enough, nor does it have quite enough "punch" to the colors. its a bit flat.

i think though if your intentions are to signify the color in relation to something, it needs something to anchor it. if you intend to go with the gold and buddhist connection then have something in the picture that gives the viewer some idea that is what you are going for, whether its a statue in the fore/background, etc. if you plan to go with political views and the connections between yellow and the king, then something needs to be in the picture to signify this.

just a few ideas i had upon viewing.
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G'day mate
Thanks for the explanation - and the image is nicely done too
I wonder how golden the cloth would look in sunshine??
Thanks for the feedback. I don't know if it's the same cloth used to 'dress' Buddha statues in winter, but it looks like it is. Such cloth is seen in yellow, yellow-gold and orange. Sometimes it's so reflective one needs sunglasses. I found some examples by searching google images using these three keywords: draped buddha statue

http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...&aqi=&aql=&oq=
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i think though if your intentions are to signify the color in relation to something, it needs something to anchor it.
I agree.

At the time I was shooting through the fabric my interest was in the technical exercise of varying where I focus and how I exposed it. After I saw the results on a monitor I realized that I'd covered the wat in fabric, much like Buddha statues are clothed in similar fabric for the winter. I kept the image because I haven't shot or seen anything else like it.

Thank you for taking the time to comment and helping me see my images through another's eyes.
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Your focus is on the fabric, and shows the texture nicely, but it seems your intent was to show the temple shadow. If you apply some gaussian blur to the picture to soften the fabric texture, the temple shadow should become the more prominent element in the picture.

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If you apply some gaussian blur to the picture to soften the fabric texture, the temple shadow should become the more prominent element in the picture.
Thanks, hadn't thought of that.
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