Fake Fear

This is our entry in THE SNOW MELTS SOMEWHERE’s FRIENDLY FRIDAY: FAKE challenge.

We had wanted to visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for years. In 2017, we were finally able to do so.  One of our best experiences there was Art in Paradise, the Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.  Along with many other tourists having fun, we inserted ourselves into works of art and posed for ridiculous photos.  The family in the photo below are using a dangerous swinging bridge to cross a terrifying gorge (but they don’t really  appear to be afraid).

According to their website, there are also Art in Paradise museums in Pattaya and Bangkok, which we will be sure to visit given the opportunity.

Buddha’s Feet — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet (human or animal).

We did a temple tour during a 2017 visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We took literally hundreds of pictures of Buddhas housed in the temples, including this picture of the feet of a reclining Buddha in Wat Chedi Luang.

This photo was taken on January 31, 2017, and was converted from color to black and white with selective color using Silver Efx Pro.

Shiny is my click bait

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!.

These shiny lights were strung above the entrance steps to a shopping center (part of the Night Bazaar)  in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Bright lights, especially shiny colored ones, are guaranteed to distract us and bring out a camera.  Click bait!

 

This photo was taken on February 1, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/2.9, 1/50 sec, 7.9 mm

A Fragrant Offering at Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple

This is our entry for The Daily Post Daily Word: Fragrance.

The Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple is a Confucian temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At this shrine, incense is burned as a fragrant offering to ancestors.

This photo was taken on January 31, 2017.  Specs are: Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, 55 mm

A shadow, an illusion

This photo is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Illusion.

Wat Sum Pow is a small Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The stairway leading to the entrance of the temple is adorned on each side by a Naga (great snake) being eaten by a Makara (sea monster that is half-fish, half-animal).  According to  The Window to Chiang Mai,

the Naga and Makara symbolize the ties that bind man to the world of illusion, and the path that frees man from that illusion.

The photo below shows the shadow of one of the balustrades.

Here is a photo of the Naga and Makara on the balustrade that cast that shadow.

These photos were taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:

Shadow: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/1250 sec, 20 mm

Balustrade: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/640 sec, 18 mm

 

Mission Accomplished – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 30, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 30, 2017.

This sign was spotted in the men’s room in the Art in Paradise Museum, a fantastic 3-D art museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (There was no one else in the room at the time.) Was it art, or just lost in translation?

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Mission Accomplished

This photo was taken on February 4, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/40 sec, 4.5 mm

Chinese New Year in Chiang Mai

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Section.

Walking down a popular tourist street in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this February, we found ourselves underneath beautiful red fans and lanterns. We had walked this street before in a previous year, but this display was especially beautiful. It was most likely refreshed for the three-day Chinese New Year celebration, which had ended just three days earlier.  The image was cropped in camera.

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Chinese New Year

This photo was taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/160 sec 27 mm