Dong Zen CNY Light Show 2011

When I arrived at the Dong Zen Buddhist Temple in Jenjarom, a storm was already brewing. Which was all well and good as the dark clouds and rain added another dimension to the light show. The new Olympus E-PL2 handled the tricky lighting situations quite competently. As the camera was fitted with a fixed-focal pancake lens, I had to do a little bit of manual zooming with my legs…

The Dong Zen Temple

The Dong Zen Temple. Olympus E-PL2, ISO 640, f2.8, 1/250 sec

Here, I needed a relatively fast shutter speed to ‘pause’ the rotating rabbits.

Aisle To Buddha

Aisle To Buddha. Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f11, 1/10 sec

I was having a hard time trying to align the shot when I realised the paper mache pagodas aren’t perfectly straight. Maybe it was the wind :) Nevertheless, this is a beautiful entrance to the Buddha Memorial.


Reflections. Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f11, 1/13 sec

When the rain stopped, the sky was already pitch black and I had to quickly get this shot before the puddles on the ground dry off.

Magical  Wonderland

Magical Wonderland. Olympus E-PL 2, ISO 200, f13, 1.3 sec

I like how the visitors with camera freeze up in this very slow exposure.

Arch & Tunnel

Arch & Tunnel. Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 1/5 sec

If you noticed, I shot mostly with a small aperture (big ‘f number’) where possible. This gives it the wide depth-of-field but a tripod is required.

Handsome Fler.

Handsome Fler. Panasonic LX-5, ISO 500, f2.2, 1.8 sec

Turns out the pancake lens (17mm f2.8) is a delightful lens for street photography. I brought along a tripod fitted with a fluid head in case I wanted to shoot some videos.

See also: Dong Zen lantern & Flora Fest Revisit | Chinatown Temple with E-PL2

Getting There: MyCen Map to FGS Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom

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