Swayambhunath: The Monkey Temple

Swayambhunath: The Monkey Temple
The Swayambhunath Stupa aka The Monkey Temple. Remember me complaining yesterday about not having an Equivalent 16mm lens. This is what happens when you don't have a wide enough plants, you cut off the top of a stupa!f/2.8, 1/25 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

The Swayambhunath Stupa or The Monkey Temple. Remember me complaining yesterday about not having an equivalent 16mm lens?
This is what happens when you don’t have a wide enough lens, you cut off the top of a stupa!
f/2.8, 1/25 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

You can tell by the past few posts by Jon McCormack and I that we filled out days shooting everything that moved. The Swayambhunath Temple is located near Kathmandu on top of a large hill. It is often referred to as, The Monkey Temple because of the hundreds of rhesus macaques roaming the site. Have I mentioned here before that I hate monkeys and rhesus are the worst – a long story for another time. I digress. We arrived and hour or so before sunset to be sure to get in position to photograph the stupa with the evening sky blue behind it. Fortunately, for us this time the floodlights on the stupa worked. Unlike the Boudhanath stupa there were no buildings to climb up to get better views.

We were virtually next to this huge structure. As we were hemmed in my other smaller buildings around the main stupa. If you recall from yesterday’s post, my widest lens choice for the XPro-1 is the XF 14mm lens F2.8R  which on the XPro-1′s cropped sensor is like shooting a 21 mm — not so wide for how I shoot. But I made due.

The monkey's of the Monkey Temple.f/2.8, 1/15 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

The monkey’s of the Monkey Temple.
f/2.8, 1/15 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

Butter or oil lamps are lit and used as a integral part of worship.f/2.8, 1/30 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

Butter or oil lamps are lit and used as a integral part of worship.
f/2.8, 1/30 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

Butter Lampsf/1.4, 1/480 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1

Butter Lamps
f/1.4, 1/480 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

Devotees circumnavigate the stupa lighting candles along the way.f/2.8, 1/7 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

Devotees circumnavigate the stupa lighting candles along the way.
f/2.8, 1/7 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

Just one of the many worshipers circling the stupa.f/2.8, 1/8 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

Just one of the many worshipers circling the stupa.
f/2.8, 1/8 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

 

 

 

 

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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