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I am starting a serie of pictures taken in Loei Province in a village called Dansai during the Phi Ta Khon Festival. It has been one of the richest experience I had since I live in Thailand... a shock of culture, a display of colorful fun loving traditions, places and moments filled with joy and carefreness... centuries old dances, colorful masks, sweet laughters of kids, families from far way came to be part of this festival... the show, the life, the excitement was in the streets and around the main temple of the village... A young novice monk, not allowed to step outside of the temple, was looking by the window... maybe full of envy to join and to laugh with those other kids... maybe does he realize already the meaning of being a Buddhist Monk and detaches himself... looking at the window to the outside world....

More to come about Phi Ta Khon Festival!

Exposure Technique:
The light inside the temple was difficult because of the highlights coming from the window to the face of the monk and the dark areas of the inside of the temple... the "matrix" metering of the d200 naturally overexposed the face of the monk and increased the light of the darker areas. I therefore used the spot metering setting, set on the face.

Spot Metering is a very good setting when shooting manually. The reading is taken from a very small section in the center of the frame, somtimes as little as 1% of the total image. This is really useful for instant, if you are setting in a seperate light from the person you wish to photograph. Say you are sitting outside a cafe in the shade of an umbrella. You see your friend has arrived and she is standing in a shaft of sunlight. In order to expose a picture of her correctly, use spot mettering. You need to set the camera to expose for the sunlight around her, not the shade around you.

I hope you like it.

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