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Buddha statue – Ayutthaya (Thailand)

Buddha statue, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya

I made this photo at the impressive Wat Yai Chai Mongkol temple, in the historic city of Ayutthaya (Thailand).

Although located on the outskirts of Ayutthaya, a little removed from the ruins on the main island, you should definitely visit this temple to admire its majestic stupa (you can see it in this post, fourth photo) and a rather striking collection of Buddha statues.

The Buddha statue shown here is placed near the base of the stupa, and the photo was taken from the outside of the temple’s main courtyard. As I wandered around, this spot caught my eye because the tree in the foreground provided a very nice frame within a frame that helped lead the eye towards the main subject of my picture.

Of all places in Ayutthaya to visit without my long tele zoom lens, this was one of the worst. I kept kicking myself for leaving the zoom back at the guesthouse, and trying to follow the old, if slightly silly, adage “zoom with your feet”.

Despite my best efforts, and shooting my 18-55 lens at its longest focal length, I had to crop quite a bit in post-processing to get the result I was after.

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