February 5, 2016

Reverent Light

Photograph by Jongsung Ryu, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Jongsung Ryu, who submitted this photo, captured a solemn moment inside a temple in Myanmar: a shaft of sunlight hitting the massive Buddha statue, which overwhelms the temple's interior and dwarfs the monks, at just the right angle. "When I entered the pagoda, I found that the light gets into the tower through the window," Ryu says. "I wanted to take the photo with that light ... But it was not easy to capture a sudden moment, so I [spent] more than just one day [there]."

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19 comments
H. Zarei
H. Zarei

oh my God!!! it couldn't be better that what you did!!!!!!!!!!

Ravi Savant
Ravi Savant

A certain serenity prevails....well shot

ANJAN KUMAR
ANJAN KUMAR

what agreat shot,can't imazine .......beautifull colour picture.......

Suzanne Barnes
Suzanne Barnes

Beautiful.  Light is such an amazing thing, both within and without.  ^_^

Dario Caia
Dario Caia

Like camera angle and contrast between candles light and natural light

M. Borat
M. Borat

That's just silly: worshipping a statue their own hands built of a man who never claimed to be divine or asked to be worshipped.

Suzanne Barnes
Suzanne Barnes

@M. Borat  They aren't worshipping a statue; they're giving reverence to something that the statue and the man it represents symbolize.  Ask a Buddhist if Buddha is a god and first they'll stare at you; then they'll probably laugh. 

Considering the style, that statue was built long, long ago and not recently by the monks there; and it was very probably done as an act of joy and respect.  If you consider that silly, then that's your problem and not theirs (or mine.)

M. Borat
M. Borat

@Suzanne Barnes @M. Borat If that is so, why do they make offerings to these statues and why do they need such an inaccurate representation of someone to focus their reverence upon? Anyway, if they claim to revere Buddha then they should follow his path as he taught, and i'm pretty sure he never mentioned 'revering' statues as one such practice.

Chris B.
Chris B.

@M. Borat @Suzanne Barnes  Clearly a topic that many people feel strongly about. Particularly interesting, considering that Buddhism is all about respect!

Darren Hunter
Darren Hunter

@M. Borat.-There is no doubt that much people believe that Buddha has a divine origin, so they  make offerings, pray and ask favors. And that means they believe that Buddha is in heaven and hear the prayers and petitions. 

R. C.
R. C.

I love the composition of this photo. In photography i learned about great lightig and this defines that

Petra G.
Petra G.

Just right when I saw this picture, I knew it can only be shot in Myanmar. Great Shot !!


Mick McMillan
Mick McMillan

A very striking image.  As I view this image and seeing the different light temperature qualities.....can you foresee what this would look like if Transparency Film (slide film) would have been used?  The only film used prior to digital.

Chris B.
Chris B.

Shafts of light, candle glow and perspective have all been used to great effect here. A lovely symbol of the tiny human spark ignited from the divine source.

beyhan bayhan
beyhan bayhan

Looks like a scene from a badass hollywood fantasy movie :)

S S.
S S.

prodigious.................................................

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