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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

“There are no foreign lands.  It is the traveler only who is foreign.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

SIDE BY SIDE, VIETNAM
SIDE BY SIDE, VIETNAM

This week’s photo challenge “Foreign” was one an easy one for me.  Of all my travels,  Southeast Asia felt by far the most different and unfamiliar.  I could include many images from that journey that illustrate the point.  From the field workers above in their iconic triangle hats, to the family below going about their business.

FAMILY TRANSPORTATION, CAMBODIA
FAMILY TRANSPORTATION, CAMBODIA

From the Hmong grandmother with her beautiful grandchild

HAPPY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDCHILD, VIETNAM
HAPPY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDCHILD, VIETNAM

To the curious sign below (does the English phrase “Food and Beverage” help us to understand the menu in any way?????).

LUNCH, ANYONE?
LUNCH, ANYONE?   BANGKOK, THAILAND

But to me, the most interesting, curious and essentially foreign element of this beautiful land was the omnipresence of the monks.  Immediately recognizable in their bright orange robes, we saw them everywhere.

Working…

MONK AT WORK
MONK AT WORK

Shopping…

MONK SHOPPING
MONK SHOPPING

Strolling

THREE MONKS
THREE MONKS

Touring…

MONKS VISIT ANGKOR WAT
MONKS AT ANGKOR WAT

Taking a break…

MONK ON A BREAK
MONK WITH THE NEWS

Or catching a ride.

MONK ON A MOTORBIKE
MONK ON A MOTORBIKE

There is nothing quite as effective in expanding your understanding of the world and the people in it, as seeing first-hand how they go about their own lives.  As Mark Twain said:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

And somehow, foreign is no longer the same as strange 🙂

  1. Side by Side – Nikkor 18-200mm @200mm, F/5.6, 1/160, ISO 200
  2. Family Transportation – Nikkor 18-200mm @170mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 320
  3. Happy Grandmother – Nikkor 18-200mm @200mm*, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 800
  4. Lunch Anyone? – Nikkor 18-200mm @90mm, f/5.3, 1/13, ISO 200
  5. Monk at Work – Nikkor 18-200mm @105mm, f/5.3, 1/30, ISO 3200
  6. Monk Shopping – Nikkor 70-200mm @200mm, f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 360
  7. Three Monks – Nikkor 70-200mm @135mm*, f/3.2, 1/640, ISO 200
  8. Monks at Angkor Wat – Nikkor 18-200mm @170mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO 400
  9. Monk with the News- Nikkor 18-200mm @ 112mm, f/5.3, 1/30, ISO 3200
  10. Monk on a Motorbike-Nikkor 18-200mm @135mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 200

Note:  All photos taken with Nikon D/300s

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20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign Leave a comment

  1. awesome series! I remember my own travel to Angkor Wat, one of my dearest dreams come true, and the colorful costumes worn by the monk attracted my eyes more than once, but I never caught them the way you did. You did them great justice in every photo, they’re just beautiful people from whom you can feel beauty.
    Photography technics question: should I once and for all note down the settings on all my pictures? not that I use it a lot myself, but I’ve been asked and when pictures are more than a few months old, I don’t have those settings in the camera nor on the picture (or can they be found anywhere else once on the computer?) thanks for your advice.

    Keep shooting, your pics are just gorgeous! Love the!
    Cheers!
    Jul’

    (discovering your blog through the Weekly Photo Challenge and might well get addicted pretty quickly!…)

  2. You are saving Whitlow and me lots of money – traveling with you is an awesome way to see the world – thank you for being so generous with your time and talent!

  3. I LOVE all of these as this is a place we have been trying to get to for years…just simply hasn’t worked out yet…..the three monks are especially close to my heart……brilliant!!

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