Ceremony Distraction

© Jan van der Hoeven

Ceremony Distraction

Uploaded: August 22, 2001


This Thai monk was suddenly distracted from the ceremony. Five seconds later a beautiful girl walked by ....


Glenn Theal August 25, 2001

Hi, Jan:

This is an excellent photo, and it is a shame more people have not commented on it as of yet. There is a great deal of subtlety here that can be easily overlooked by the untrained eye.

The photo has well balanced composition. Everyone is nicely centred in the scene.

The colour contrast is just fantastic as is the lighting, especially of the monk in the centre foreground.

I take this image very symbolically. The monk in the centre is the most brightly illuminated and the one looking at the pretty girl, where as the others are in slight shadow and are thus more cooly illuminated. One could say, that he is the only one there who is still warm and full of life (Note: I mean no disrespect to monks).

You may even wish to enhance this look slightly in PhotoShop. You could adjust the black point of the photo (using the levels command) to darken the shadow areas of the photo and you could adjust the white point to lighten the highlight areas of the photo (using the levels command). You could also select the monk who is looking and warm his colouring slightly by using either the paint brush or fill command. Set the options to colour and about 5% and select a warm orange colour to achieve this effect.

Great photo.


Jan van der Hoeven August 27, 2001

Thanks for your kind words Glenn.

The monk was temporarily "en-light-ened" by the view of the girl, and bended backwards which caused him to be more illuminated (!) than the rest!!!

This pic was taken in the Wat Phra Kaew temple in the very center of Bangkok: well worth a visit.

I currently do not have Photoshop, but I have something similar and will try out your suggestion.

Thanks again.
Jan #794

Jan van der Hoeven September 07, 2001

What I forgot to mention is that this shot has won a 2nd prize in the september 2000 issue of the travelphotocontest.com (by the Phototrust).
Unfortunately this website does not exist anymore, neither does the phototrust.com as far as I know.

Best regards
Jan #1000

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