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RMIT university campus,Russell St,Melbourne city,Australia
This shot was taken when the nuns and monks were leaving to face the public for pindabatta. The light was from the open door. I was very privileged to be able to take part ( asked to be the photographer by the UN Vesak organising committee to help take photos. I was able to be where the public were not allowed.)
It was the first time (12th May 2012) that Pindabata was carried out in Melbourne city.
On Vesak day, devout Buddhists and followers alike are expected and requested to assemble in their various temples before dawn for the ceremonial, and honorable, hoisting of the Buddhist flag and the singing of hymns in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples). Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings are to remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers would wither away after a short while and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, so too is life subject to decay and destruction. Devotees are enjoined to make a special effort to refrain from killing of any kind. They are encouraged to partake of vegetarian food for the day. Vesak is an annual holiday observed traditionally by practicing Buddhists in many Asian countries like India, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia and Taiwan.

From Wikipedia:
In Buddhism, alms or almsgiving is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monk, nun, spiritually-developed person or other sentient being. It is not charity as presumed by Western interpreters. It is closer to a symbolic connection to the spiritual realm and to show humbleness and respect in the presence of the secular society. The act of alms giving assists in connecting the human to the monk or nun and what he/she represents.In Theravada Buddhism, monks (Pāli: bhikkhus) and nuns go on a daily almsround (or pindacara) to collect food. This is often perceived as giving the laypeople the opportunity to make merit (Pāli: puñña). Money should not be accepted by a Buddhist monk or nun in lieu of or in addition to food
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  • Mike Warman
    Mike Warmanover 2 years ago

    Lovely lighting. Great use of negative space.

  • Thank you very much Mike for your encouraging comment .

    – patcheah

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsover 2 years ago

    Lovely light and capture!

  • Thank you very much Mia. The first few pics were completely black and I had to try all sorts of settings because ISO was still on auto. I was lucky to get this one by chance : )

    – patcheah

  • Thanks Mia. I was lucky with this light. There were lots of nuns in a row and I had a lot of opportunity to try different settings to capture them.Only one image was successful,the rest all dark with lots of noise!

    – patcheah

  • Ivan Kemp
    Ivan Kempover 2 years ago

    The lighting in this composition is exceptional and I agree with Mike about using the negative space to create interest in the composition.

  • The negative space was not intentional.I am not good at low light photography. You can still see a bit of the orange robe of the nun behind the fourth nun. There were more nuns after her but I didn’t manage to capture a line of them.They faded away in the darkness. I still use auto ISO. Sometimes I get lucky when I fiddle with various settings in order to capture in low light. Most of the time ,image is just dark with lots of noise : ( Thanks for your wonderful comment.

    – patcheah

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    Brilliant and lovely shot Pat.

  • Thank you very much Maree for the compliment and fav. I got lucky with this shot, it was not intentional for it to turn out like this : )

    – patcheah

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Exquisite against the black background would you consider adding it to this other group HERE

  • Nice to see you ,Shirley. Thank you very much for the wonderful comment and invitation for your group,done.

    – patcheah

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Tammera for this privilege,appreciate the fav.

    – patcheah

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much Dianne for your wonderful comment and fav : )

    – patcheah

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 2 years ago

    beautiful – the lighting is marvelous. very mystical and stunning shot. a favorite.

  • Thank you so much Jane for your generous comment and fav.

    – patcheah

  • Esther  Moliné
    Esther Molinéover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much Esther,appreciate the fav : )

    – patcheah

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness so wonderful. A fav. Please submit to “Life in ther City, Suburbs, or Bush”.

  • Thank you so much Joseph for such a generous comment,appreciate the fav. Thanks for the invitation to your group,done : )

    – patcheah

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