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Buddhist Monks lighting a Khom Loy to celebrate the incredible Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

This was the most uplifting and surreal evenings we spent in Southeast Asia. I knew it was going to be special, however I was completely mind blown the whole weekend celebrating 2 of the worlds greatest spiritual events; Yee Peng and Loy Krathong. It was challenging photographing the event, shoulder-to-shoulder with other photographer all wanting a piece of the magic. What really drew me to this frame was the Monk in the background taking photos on his camera, not something you see every day.
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bindii Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So peaceful and spiritual. A very magic moment...
Im-Radioactive Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture! You sure got a piece of that magic in this one :) (Smile) 
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for your kind words :P
barefeetinwetgrass Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I think the monk on the left captures the feeling of the moment. He appears very serene, in contrast to his lantern-lighting coheart who appears to be posing for the Photo-monk-er... :) great image, though. What a dream trip you have had! thank you for sharing it with those of us that aren't able to make such a trip at this point in time!
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yes, I agree with what you are saying. I had to take this photo though, its not every day you see a monk operating a dslr, pretty rare you see monks with any digital technology. Thanks, hope you keep enjoying my images.
hybridgothica Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
soso beautiful :)
Redefined6 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always so confused and disappointed when I see monks with notebooks, tablets, cameras, and worst of all iphones, owning those things goes (or at the least should go) against
their supposed philosophy, and seeing this monk here taking a picture makes me feel uneasy, it's poetic in a very bad way and illustrates a poignant shallowness about everything. Buddhism teaches to let go of the need to control, and him wanting to capture a moment in time is fundamentally the opposite of this. 
It's weird, I don't know why this bothers me so much, but anyway, this photograph is beautiful nonetheless, definitely one of the few photographs that actually deserve a DD.
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Photographer

This is gorgeous and so full of positivity.  I don't think you've captured a scene here, but you've captured a feeling.  What I wouldn't give to see this even in person some day.  Thank you for sharing :heart:


ps - that monk in the background with the camera totally made me smile :)

Terrific. I guess this is my new fave shot from your SEA series! 
Monkiy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
It's an amusing contrast to see a monk hold a camera.
Kitan777 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I always wanted to do that : )
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
It's a must see for anyone in Thailand around the time of the festival. Bucket-list material :P
Kitan777 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014

totally bucket list material.

Ugh,so far away,but so worth going ; w ;

DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I tell you, sooner or later you'll get a DD for either this, or one in this series. It's typical DD stuff. :)
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
We'll have to wait and see about that. I didn't really know there were 'typical DD' images. What defines the cliche DD?
DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Hard to put that into words... :confused:
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/50 second
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70 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 17, 2013, 11:59:42 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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