Leo Laksi’s Bangkok And Back

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Shooting the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok with a 14-24mm wide angle lens.

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First sight when entering the temple

First sight when entering the temple

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a very difficult subject to shoot, mainly because of its length, the closeness to the figure itself and the large columns that support the roof.  You end up having to shoot head first, feet first or between the columns.  Because of the limited vantage points, a wide angle lens gives you enough “room” to capture the entire image.  However, I think the best shots are of the detailed areas of the Buddha and not necessarily the entire figure. The wide angle also affords a better view of some of  the intricate detailing on the ceiling and support columns.

Photos were captured with a Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Straight up

Straight up

Between the columns

Between the columns



Two pillows high

Two pillows high


Written by leolaksi

September 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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  1. I can see this is a challenging subject, in such a confined space


    September 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm

  2. I really like the first picture. Nicely done!


    September 7, 2009 at 10:44 pm

  3. GMTA – here’re my photos of the same subject.

    Roland Dobbins

    September 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

    • very nice photos. closeups are great. leo


      September 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

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