May 2, 2013

Behind the lens – May 2013

Boudhanath stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
1/500th sec, f/5.6, 13mm, ISO 400

The Place
Namaste! This month’s image brings us to Boudhanath, Nepal. It attracts people from all over the world, but most importantly a plethora of Tibetan pilgrims and local buddhists who come to pray and meditate.

The Story
When you visit the landmark Boudha stupa during the day, you will likely get dragged into the continuous maelstrom of pilgrims walking the circle and ringing their prayer bells. Walking around in circles, you will soak in the atmosphere, feel yourself get slightly heady from fragrant incense hazes and bump into street dogs sauntering around looking for scraps. Literally, the moment you step through the gates, it’s as if you’ve stepped into a different world.  A world presided over by Boudha stupa. Though looming over everything, it exudes serenity. And always, always, will you be drawn to Boudha’s eyes. So I spent my first few days there making images of just the stupa. For this image I used an extreme wide angle lens, carefully positioning the prayer flags in the corners so they can lead to those almost hypnotizing eyes.

Full Calendar 2013
This image is part of the 2013 calendar. Follow this link to download the full size version to use as wallpaper on your tablet or desktop.

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