Color me blind!!
I don't have anything to say anymore, and I doubt that the images I took, stole almost, can do anything to describe the exceptional experience I have had the fortune of participating in the last four days. Not even the 15 hour bus ride back down from the mountains managed to normalise my mind. The Poi Sang Long Ceremony of the Shan or Tai Yai people of Mae Hong Son is more exceptional and beautiful, both from a visual and spiritual point of view, than anything I ever dreamed of witnessing.
The photo below is only partly related, and randomly chosen from the almost 2,000 I captured during my all too short time up north. I'm sorry if this comes out pretentious or pompous even, but my view of the world looks vastly different after this. Small things get a new meaning and big things lose the significance they once had.
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 200mm and f/2.8
Best regards - Hermann
Tim: Very dreamlike quality in your shot. Nice.
I like the things on this page...
D3S/45mm 2.8 PC-E Silver Efex II Chestnut Top Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Wild Iris, Tennessee State Flower: 45mm 2.8 PC-E I really wasn't trying for such a narrow depth of field on this shot, it just happened.
But here's a small collection anyway, my humble attempts to remember what I saw and what I heard, until I go there again.
It starts at four in the morning, with clothes and make-up.
D300 with 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.0
Then, they gather to listen to the monk, still before dawn.
D300 with 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.0
Outside, ready for the tour to the temples of the town, to listen to the monks at each place.
D300 with 80-200mm AF-S @ 200mm and f/4.0
The 50 or so boys, who just a few days ago were running around, playing football and doing everything boys do, are carried by their fathers, uncles and older brothers around the mountain town, dancing, not walking, through the streets.
D300 with 80-200mm AF-S @ 155mm and f/4.0
And at last, on the third day, the big parade, with the whole community participating, thousands of people, some of whom have travelled for hours to be there, and most of them in traditional clothing.
D300 with 80-200mm AF-S @ 175mm and f/7.1
Most of the boys will be monks for a few weeks only, some will stay longer, and a selected few will remain for the rest of their lives. But the most important part is the way this community works together. It's not a national day and not a graduation ceremony, it's both and more. It's Poi Sang Long.
Last edited by Jorgen Udvang; 7th April 2011 at 18:23.
Oh... I almost forgot; a special something for Rayyan
Some of those boys have sisters too
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 135mm and f/2.8
Fantastic series of photos Jorgen. Compelling in so many ways. Not the least of which is the fact that the young lives glimpsed in the photos are almost other-worldly in their difference from anything local to me. So nice that the world still has mysteries and magic mountains.
One is easily forgotten. Quick, in and out..so to speak.
This one is genteel, history, tradition, culture. Experience that stays with you
for long..very long.
I have to move along..to the next pit stop.
Thank you for sharing.
Jorgen, wow, quite a festivity.
Thanks Lloyd, Matt.
Interesting color/textures Rayyan
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 145mm and f/2.8
Jorgen: Your latest photos are just phenomenal! Thank you for sharing. You have a very assured, distinct, and consistent style that's a joy to look at.
Rayyan: Sometimes it's hard to believe that your photos are taken on this planet!
My corner of the world (within a thousand miles anyway!). Cheers, Matt
D3; 200mm f/2; 1/200s @ f/5; ISO 1600
... and yet another great bear photo. How far out into the wilderness do you have to go to take these?
OK... hopelessly catching up... so just a few takes from all the great photos posted in the last few pages...
Interesting glamour look Jason, works well with the stance, the strong green... quite nice.
Was wondering if you considered cropping out some of the left section (into 3*4 or so) for an even more dynamic composition? And possibly straighten with just the slightest rotation CCW? Just thinking out loud here
Where's the rest of the series? Want to see that!
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That said, maybe it's time you'd share the -definitely improved- new secret PP recipes? Or is it Tim's?
OK, both of you then...
And you sure live in a beautiful area... greener grass and all...
(even though in your case, maybe it's "whiter grass"?
just pulling your leg... )
Are non-Rayyan passers-by allowed to lurk?
More seriously: it sounds like it was a special experience (if not overwhelming in some way)... in my childhood i've heard many descriptions and stories of quite similar traditions from the Laotian/VN side... seen lots of aged B&W photos, too. Seeing your more modern, colorful version (to me) brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for sharing.
It was a small village. No English..zip.
No Moslem food, for maybe 2-300 kms.
Kosher food. Explained using sign language.
Vegetarian food. Again showed him leaves, flowers etc.
He dropped us here, and took off.
I like the BW Matt. quite nice.
Lucy...a bit ahead of her cubs. Cheers, Matt
D3; 200mm f/2; 1/250s @ f/2.8; ISO 560
Let go of all controls..color, contrast, sharpening, exposure..just felt the
water as ice..cutting through..