In Taiwan, there is also tradition to release SKY LANTERN on Jan. 15th in lunar year. You can make a wish while lighting the lantern. The higher lantern floating, the more possibility that your wish will come true. Ping Shi township is known as popular sight seeing place to release the sky lantern.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.pingshi.com.tw/EN/origininfo.aspx
Okay, I know that is not really an orb, it is the bottom of a lantern as it is being released into the night sky to represent something that is of great value to those releasing it. So what, the idea of a great picture is to have a central focal point. There is not such central point in this photo. If it is the lighting, I disagree that it is great, because it just appears there is a lot of staging going on. True Thai monks would not let you get below them to get photo like this. Their belief structure would really be to ignore the photographer in which case one of them would be standing right where the camera appears to be positioned and it is my experience that there would be a lot more of them facing in other directions. I really do not like photos that are supposed to be natural shots that in reality are either completely staged or the photographer has informed the subjects ahead of time that a photo is going to be taken and to act in such and such a way. Bad timing, bad angle, bad idea.
I am sorry, but I do not see anything worthy of "Photo of the Day" in this photo. It has no symmetry, the colors are not at all interesting, the subject has no power at all. Again, I am sorry, but I feel this photo does not do justice to the concept of even good photography, let alone high enough quality to be called "Photo of the Day". By the way I counted 18 hands, but I do not think the number of hands shown in a picture really justifies that photo as being either good or bad, only that it has a lot of hands in it. As I see it the photo is not about the hands any way, but rather about the orb (which is not even completely in the picture).
Sorry, my 7 year old grandson has taken more interesting pictures than this.
The photo is taken from a wonderful angle catching action. Also, the vibrant colors of the robes and the lighting really highlight the 17 (I think) visible hands making for such an engaging image! Nice!!
this is a big problem all over asia. white these lanterns look magical drifting across the sky, they are actually highly toxic and wind up clogging rivers and polluting villages miles away. what goes up nuts come down. and they often cause fires in unsuspecting homes.
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