Photo Essay: Hangzhou (Lingyin Temple)


Incense at Lingyin Temple (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/250 Sec at f/5.6, ISO 400)


Incense at Lingyin Temple (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/250 Sec at f/2.5, ISO 100)

ABOVE: Use of incense is ubiquitous in this culture, as easily seen at Lingyin Temple.  Incense are crucial tradition for the locals to offer prayers to their gods.


Red-Crowned Crane (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/125 Sec at f/2.5, ISO 2500)

ABOVE: It’s amazing how your view can became beautiful simply by just looking up. This photo shows the ceiling collage at one of many temple building at Lingyin, Hangzhou.  The Red-Crowned Crane bird is a national bird in China, and has been considered a symbol of longevity, immortality and nobility. Due to its important symbolism, the bird can be seen easily through China’s art and architecture.


Hindu Gods (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/40 Sec at f/2.5, ISO 3200)


Temple Details (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/1000 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 640)


Bonsai Tree (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/200 Sec at f/8.0, ISO 400)

ABOVE: One of my favorite things about traveling in China is the Bonsai Tree. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower).


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