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What a fantastic article. Truly outstanding find. Thank you for sharing! I have photographed Buddhist temples all across Asia. Far more than I can count, and sadly far more than I can remember. I wish I had the names of all the temples I have been to. I've been to 30 or more temples in Japan alone, 20 or so in Thailand, 10-15 in Taiwan, 10 or so in Singapore, around 15 in Korea, 50 or more in China(!) and one in the US (my home temple, still the finest temple I've ever seen).
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I followed the entire conversation that flowed from this post but thought I'd begin here largely because your thoughts definitely resonate with me even though I shoot digital rather than film. But first I'm curious about your "home" Buddhist temple in the U.S. that you describe as the finest you've seen. I don't know whether you're speaking of Odiyan Retreat Center in northern California. I spent time at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley during the years this center was contemplated and then began. I've not made a visit but it surely is a spectacular undertaking.
I don't chimp but I will take multiple shots. As I've mentioned before, I prefer to ramble through space and pick out in the moment what strikes my fancy, then take a shot or two and move on. This is the reason I'm not much interested in a tripod. That would slow me down too much. I'd have to think too much and what I want to do is simply respond to my environment in the moment. Yes, that is a very Buddhist approach to photography, but then I'd likely consider myself a bit of a Buddhist.
I believe Peter B. is talking about a much different sort of photography than you are speaking of RM. Machine gunning a thousand photos of passing race cars is not quite the same as doing street shooting of the sort you do, or the meditative closeup work that a number of folks on this thread do. Obviously, there is a place for all of that since photography is a creative exercise and each of us is drawn to tell something different with our work. Sometimes it is about the fine detail rendered, sometimes it has more to do with capturing the mood of the scene as you and Dylan do quite regularly.
I'm much like Leighton in the fact I enjoy post processing work as much as i enjoy shooting, so for me digital fits the bill. It is absolutely true, of course, that lamenting the cost of film without considering the thousands of dollars spent on digital cameras is silly. Yes, if we never upgraded cameras, it will eventually be true that digital becomes cheaper, but I'm on my fifth digital camera and have spent almost eight thousand dollars on DSLR cameras and the FA I bought cost $126. $7800 can buy a great deal of film and processing...
I appreciate that our conversation includes consideration of topics such at this. Good stuff! Thanks all for contributing.