Wat Chedi Luang After Dark

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Situated in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai offered a nice change of pace after experiencing the hectic city streets of Bangkok. Its slightly cooler temperatures were also very pleasant, despite many locals telling us it was cold! And there seemed to be a new temple to explore around almost every corner.

I already knew that I wanted to photograph the famous Wat Chedi Luang at night time. I’d researched it beforehand and thought the lights were enchanting in the dark. So on our last night in Chiang Mai I set off with my tripod to capture it as best I could. I tried to line up the vertical lines of the temple’s layers to lead the eye to the top of the structure. This also satisfied my obsession with geometrically pleasing compositions!

A wider angle lens would have been pretty useful to give me a bit more flexibility, but fortunately the railings around the outside of the temple were just far enough away for my 24mm lens. I attached the flexible legs of my tripod to the bottom railing, hit the shutter and waited a few seconds. Once the shot was complete, I wandered around for another half an hour trying to find a better angle. In the end I still think this was the most interesting composition I got.

Do you enjoy shooting at night? Also have an unhealthy photographic obsession with geometry?! Have you visited the temples of Chiang Mai? Which was your favourite? Please get in touch!

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