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    5.5 tons of gold

    In my last thread I showed the outside of the Wat Trimit. The Mondop is the new house of the "Golden Buddha", 5.5 tons of pure gold! The Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon (พระพุทธมหาสุวรรณ ฏิมากร) is the world's largest gold statue.

    The Golden Buddha was probably a product of the Sukhothai period in the 13th century that eventually was placed in an Ayutthaya temple. To camouflage it from Burmese invaders, it was given a thick plaster coating and was consequently "lost." The encased statue was moved to Bangkok and placed in a smaller temple. In the mid-1950's, as it was being moved to its permanent building in the Wat Trimit, the rain soaked figure was dropped, and the stucco cracked to reveal the figure inside.

    rejeCAM 135HD-23 (orchid cam), Agfa Pro 200 developed in Tetenal Colortec C-41

    Typical exposure times in such temples are 2 to 5 minutes.
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    Very nice work! #3 - WOW, gorgeous colours.

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    New Member wolf391's Avatar
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    Great series. I would have to say that number three is my favorite. In part because of the color combination and also your being able to get closer to the Buddha.

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    Senior Member rydolan's Avatar
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    It is amazing how dense gold is. To imagine that sculpture weighs 11,000 pounds...unbelievable. I like your comment, Rene, about the connection you feel with the subject while waiting for a prolonged pinhole exposure. It is truly one of my favorite things about pinhole photography. I love how it forces us to slow down and just......wait.

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    500+ Posts DaCh's Avatar
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    Wow, 5.5 tonnes!
    A great serise, nice composition.
    I think the first longer view is best, it shows the a more complete image that puts the statue in its true context.
    Does light still exist if we're not looking?

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