Midnight Prangs

“By day, I avoid Wat Po Temple in Bangkok like the plague. The heat, the tour groups, and the touts rob the gardens of their charm and tranquility. But after dark, when the visitors have retired to their hotels and buffet dinners, you get the gardens and Reclining Buddha all to yourself. The charm and tranquility return: the towering, gold prangs become magical things of enormous beauty. I never tire of visiting Wat Po at night; I am in the heart of one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but sitting on the steps of a prang – it is not hard to imagine that I am a thousand miles from civilization.”

Long exposures with a Canon 5D2 and 17mm tilt-shift lens. Almost no processing: just a little contrast boost, and some selective sharpening.

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