A prayer wheel is a cylindrical ‘wheel’ (Tibetan: ’khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or even coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit externally on the wheel.

According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.

With the 50 /1.4 and the huge variety of such wheels in Sikkim, India – I took many, many, many such pics.

Lingdum Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Nikon D300
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 MF AIS
f/2.8 @ 1/750 secs


  • kemal91
    kemal91about 4 years ago

    Great photo, interesting description :)

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 4 years ago

    beautifully shot mate…well done:))

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 4 years ago

    Very nice shot and excellent POV. Like the warm colors to!

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    enjoy the focus to fade…colors are excellent.

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    Excellent use of DOF, Vikram. Lovely detail capture too.

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Vikram. Love the DOF and colors!!

  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    Oh, lovely! My favorite/favourite lens and shallow dof. That first prayer wheel has such clarity, too! Love your new avatar, Vikram, you handsome devil (er, does that saying, “handsome devil”, have the same cavalier meaning across the world as it does here? If not, bmail me and I’ll apologize!).

  • I demand an apology for that lovely compliment – LOL!! That pic is my wife’s work … I keep telling her she’s good, she says she has no patience …

    Thanks for the lovely comment – the 50/1.4 have is the MF version and a bit of a pain to use as I wear specs and most often my perception and the focus-confirmation green-dot in the viewfinder are at odds with each other … but I still LOVE that lens!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaabout 4 years ago

    WOW Love This Work !!!
    ………………….Great DOF !!

  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    I understand the focus issue, Vikram. I purchased the Nikon DG2 Eyepiece magnifier and that helps, especially for macros and still-life stuff. It flips out of the way and seems fairly durable.
    And I think your wife’s shot looks great. Did you post it? Guess I’ll go look ;)

  • Hmmmm … that looks like a good thing (especially as I have a number of MF primes) … I was also looking at Focus Screens but felt really iffy about fiddling too much.
    But the DG-2 looks a lot better (guess I’ll need to find a square to circular adapter to get it fixed onto the D300).
    PS: the pic my wife took is my profile pic.

    – Vikram Franklin

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