Entrance to Wat Phan Tao
Wat Phan Tao is perhaps an underrated temple in Chiang Mai as more prominent temples like Wat Chedi Luang often seem to shine and attract more attention. To be honest, I stumbled across this temple while wandering around Chian Mai looking for other temples and I found this temple to be quite captivating. The first thing that stands out is the narrow, pink stone entrance to the temple. When I first approached the entrance I really liked how the narrow entrance, which is always a nice spiritual metaphor, pointed to the golden buddha sitting in the temple within. That really struck me. The golden buddha inside is certainly a worthy sight in and of itself but I feel that the buddha in the context of the doorway was a much more powerful visual and that's what I had in mind when I shot this photo. I actually bracketed three separate exposures and compiled them into an HDR image so that both the gate and the buddha could be properly exposed together. This is a wonderful "under-the-radar" temple well worth visiting.
By Chris Franek
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