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Wheels of Faith

275.Wheels Of Faith
Photo By: Digital Monk
Posted Date: 23rd September

The Swayambhunath (also called the Monkey Temple) is a Buddhist Stupa nestled high atop a hill in the Western part of the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.The area surrounding the stupa is filled with chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. Most striking are the religious Tibetian Prayer Wheels surrouding the Stupa.

It’s a belief that spinning such a wheel will have much the same effect as orally reciting the prayers. The rules surrounding the prayer wheels are very specific (although occasionally vary according to tradition). The practitioner must spin the wheel clockwise. This was determined because this is the direction the mantras are written.

This photograph depicts a Nepali girl spinning prayer wheels at Swayambhunath stupa. The intricate writings in these wheels are simply beautiful and speak of the rich history of this place.

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14 thoughts on “Wheels of Faith

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  3. Beautiful shot. Sharpness is preserved where it should, and the background is flawlessly blended by a bokeh.

    I love bokeh shots, and this one is no exception. 🙂

  4. And ya,in this photograph by ‘the touch of life’ I meant the miraculous looking touch between the living and the non-living or some might see the connection between human and god.

    Anyways, the posture of that hand goes along so smoothly with the word ‘faith’. 🙂

  5. Dear Yestai Ho, I guess my ‘WOW’ was a purely subjective one 😆

    Personally, I always find bokeh shots interesting, where photographers play around with the depth of field and the aperture size to express their creativity. Its my assumption that our eyes are tricked by those out-of-focus areas to give a more vivid sense of depth.

    It might interest you that bokeh lovers around the globe celebrate wednesday as a HBW day (Happy Bokeh Wednesday) at flickr. few more taste of bokeh. 🙂

  6. Dear Yestai ho, it’s a good question and let me try to answer your question by borrowing this well known quote by Ansel Adams (a legendary American photographer) who once said, ‘A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.’ May be you don’t know what to look into this picture to feel something ‘wow’ about it. Try to study the details of the picture and understand how they communicate ideas, tell stories, carry information and affect the senses of the viewer.

    Besides pictures sometime are not complete without a ‘caption and its description’ which gives viewers some hints or clues to set viewer’s mind before viewing the picture.

    And not to forget that perception varies with every individual viewer according to her/his culture, social background and experience. Of course some knowledge about few basic rules of photography is considered necessary to sense any picture quality.

    Feel free to disagree my point of view.

  7. what is wow about this photo? I just don’t get it. please someone who knows about photgraphy explain to me.

  8. WOW!

    I always loved your bokeh shots and this one is a perfect one with the touch of life. Hope you r having nice time at ktm.

    n hey guys Digital Monk was seen here first in EU 🙂

  9. Well nice photo…but why is everyone so glad to see Digital Monk in EU….who is he really…is he a famous photographer or sth?….sorry im new.

  10. Nice shot with a lovely theme. By using selective focus on girl’s hand and Mani wheel, Digital Monk forces the rest of the picture to diminish in importance and the center of interest to dominate the image and gain viewer’s attention enormously. Nevertheless picture looks static and it would have been better if some wheels were spinning.

    Selective focus is a great tool that the photographer especially with ANY Nature Photography.
    This technique works well on close-ups of any flowers, as well as other delicate plants and even insects.

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