Photo: Neighborhood Buddhist Temple in Laos

When I am traveling I am usually pretty diligent about making photographs, but when I am at my home base in Vientiane, Laos I often forget how many and amazing things are literally right in my own neighborhood. For the last several afternoons I have been going out and taking pictures along the Mekong River and in the local temples. I have already filled up a memory card and still feel like I have only scratched the surface of what there is to photograph. This from just a ten-minute excursion to one of the four Buddhist temples that is less than a five minute walk from my front door.

Buddhist Temple Before a Storm in Vientiane, Laos

Buddhist Temple Before a Storm in Vientiane, Laos

Developed using software from the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Lightroom and Photoshop)

Exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/11
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 16 mm

Created with: 

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L ll USM Zoom Lens

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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