April 27, 2014

Burmese Rays

Photograph by Marcelo Castro

"In Old Bagan, Burma [Myanmar], a young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside a pagoda," says Marcelo Castro of this picture he submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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62 comments
Dailing Chen
Dailing Chen

it reminds of me a bible scene,actually l donot know what;s is, but it just comes to my mind

Ravi Sri
Ravi Sri

A Brit Light  Means  A Brit  Shadow

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Ravi Sri
Ravi Sri

A Brit Light  Means  A Brit  Shadow

Those are Very Brit So Image was Assam........................

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Ravi Sri
Ravi Sri

A Brit Light  Means  A Brit  Shadow

Those are Very Brit So Image was Assam........................

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Ed Giron
Ed Giron

WOW, what an image...perfect timing on the sun beams

Janice H.
Janice H.

Heavenly and precious!             There's just something special about the sun's rays shining down at just the precise moment.       I love the young monk, the brickwork, the textures and colors, the rays, everything about this photo.      Excellent!

j. wong
j. wong

a perfect light source "  ——not sunshine .

D Ram
D Ram

Buddhism, the only decent practice left in the game

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

This is breathtaking! What a powerful and beautiful image.

As a high school student with a passion for photography, Nat Geo is always inspirational!

My work can be found here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

Bruno Gallant
Bruno Gallant

Sunlight rays are parallel, because the sun is 150M km away, and also because it is so incredibly much larger than the earth. The rays are not parallel in this image, so it must be a spot light or a reflection of the sun on an imperfect mirror.  There is a ray of that light that hits the book, and that would reflect enough light from the pages to light the subject's face.

Jake Baker
Jake Baker

Vincent, have you taken a photo as good as that? I bet not. These photos are just here for our enjoyment, if you have something like that to say than just save it!

Vincent Lecomte
Vincent Lecomte

If it is a real photo, then it is a true masterpiece of course. Totaly magnifient. But we would need a high resolution image to be sure it is note a too heavily manipulated image. Many details are very very intriguing at a close look. I hope we are wrong!

Diana Meltsner
Diana Meltsner

yes it looks like he is reading from a tablet with all that screen light shining on his face, but still, there is bit of a magical moment there.


Luis Aguirre Castro
Luis Aguirre Castro

Mijo (Vincent) el rayo de sol rebota en la páginas blancas del libro, think it better please.

Vincent Lecomte
Vincent Lecomte

In my opinion, this photo is not a real photo, but a photo collage or a strongly manipulated image : the disposition of lights and shadows on (and around) the face of the boy are absolutely not consistent with the angle of the sunlight. Check the shadows created by the red cloth between the book and the face : does the light come from the book ? It is not possible to obtain such an homogen and pale light on the face in this situation without a strong image manipulations.

Daphne Yuen
Daphne Yuen

Seizing every chance to get spiritual enlightenment.  I feel awed.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The camera's today are amazing, as are the photographer's! There's nothing, no subject that cannot be enjoyed through this medium.' Let there be light, enough for me to read by,' and there you have it in shafts! A great picture one more time.  j.e.s.........

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

This is absolutely wonderful. It is iconic and it reminds me of imagery by Steve McCurry.

Gave me chills.

Ondra Hanousek
Ondra Hanousek

@Bruno Gallant  No, that's just perspective. That's like saying a house in a photo is not an actual house because optically it's walls aren't paralell.

Isaac Eastgate
Isaac Eastgate

@Diana Meltsner  guess what, when the sun shines on stuff, that stuff becomes bright. Light comes from bright things. ~~science~~

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