Two Dvarapala Yakshas (Thai: ยักษ์) of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
17 Feb 2017 Bangkok #07

Two Dvarapala Yakshas of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

This is another photo from the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew / Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. These fiercely looking statues are called yakshas. They are spirits representing the forces of nature in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The one on the right, with the green face, is called Thotsakhirithon or ทศคีรีธร in Thai script. I haven’t managed to establish the identity of his red-faced companion. Do you know his name? Please let me know.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok, Thailand
26 Jan 2017 Bangkok #06

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok, Thailand

The golden spire in this picture is called a stupa or a chedi. This stupa belongs to Wat Phra Kaew, in English known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is one of the most popular places in Bangkok and I think every tourist should see it. […]

Night View of the Buddhist Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) in Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia. Taken from the other side of the Chao Phraya river with a telezoom lens.
01 Dec 2016 Bangkok #04

The Buddhist Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun, also known as Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (somehow I prefer the shorter version), is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river in Bankgok, Thailand. According to Wikipedia and other sources, it was named after Aruna – the Hindu god of dawn. I don’t quite understand why a Buddhist temple would be named after a Hindu deity. […]

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, Singapore
24 Nov 2016 Singapore #06

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, Singapore

This is another photograph from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore’s Chinatown. Just as the previous one, I took it handholding a Canon 6D with a 17 mm tilt-shift lens, but this time in vertical orientation. Focusing a tilt-shift lens and adjusting tilt/shift movements without the camera being mounted on a tripod is a bit tricky but it is possible, it just takes more time than with a regular lens. […]

Cityscape of Rome and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican at Dusk
22 Nov 2016 Rome #04

Cityscape of Rome and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican at Dusk

This is another one of those peculiar photos where you capture two countries in one frame or when you stand in one country and photograph a location in another. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world and it is an enclave within the city of Rome. Nevertheless, it is a separate country. […]