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.
@Daniel Maguire Also the idea in this photo reflects the very Buddhist concept as described "All things must pass away". The burning lanterns can't be held on forever everyone must learn to let them go at some point of time or they will burn themselves, even the holders altogether. It's the idea I want to communicate, not the perfect rules of composition and lighting.
@Daniel Maguire It's a part of the ceremony. Nothing was staged. I sat down with them and had a bit of conversation. It took a while for the lantern to burn and ready to fly. Once the lantern was flying out of their hands, nobody cared about me being there anymore as it's natural everyone would look up and enjoy the beauty in the sky. So I took the shot. It's as simple as that and it shows you know nothing about our culture and Thai Buddhism. I'm Thai, by the way. And I want to see the photos of your 7 year old grandson, so perhaps I will learn something from that :)
@Daniel Maguire lighting seems alright to me, nothing special. The subject matter is interesting, which is the most important part. Composition isnt bad. Lantern at the top is taking up 1/3, and one of the monks is dead on the bottom left focal point. As far as their belief structure making them ignore you, Ive had many interactions with monks in thailand, sometime they ignore sometimes they talk to you or look right at you.
I think if the photographer was fast enough there is no reason that it wouldn't be possible for him to get down there and take this photo before the monks even knew we was there. maybe its a natural shot, maybe its not, but there is know way for you to know, so you shouldnt assume anything.
Photographs do not have to be mathematically or technically "correct"in order to have signifiance, beauty and power. This photo has rich colour and an evocative subject. It's a pleasure to look at, and a fine example of cultural photography.constructive criticism is good, but I think we should draw the line at demeaning.