Buddhism, Life Lesson, Photography

The Colors of Autumn

This is my contribution to Scott Thomas Photography Assignment 10: Autumn 2010. I hope you will join and please check his blog post for rules and deadline.

Fall is a harvest season and below is a picture of my co-worker harvesting her rice paddy.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16, 1/40sec, ISO 200, exposure bias 0step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

I read once that when the ancient Indians looked into the forest they could always tell what leaves were about to fall off the trees because they were yellow, orange or brown.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 131mm, pattern metering

There were several religious events at our local temple in the last couple of weeks, and the only time I had the opportunity to capture the Autumn colors of yellow, orange, and brown were at these events.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 100, exposure bias +1step, focal length 80mm, pattern metering

The Buddhist monks also wear yellow, orange or brown robes, the traditional belief was that the color of a monk’s robe can tell you his seniority, dark color means that he is considered wise and a senior monk, very much like the colors of the leaves.Β  So the color of the monk’s robe is very important, it isΒ  a constant reminder of the importance of not clinging and of letting go.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

The ancient Indians theory is correct only if we were living in the ideal world, the leaves will fall when the time comes.Β  But in the turbulent world that we live in, life is more fragile and with the gust of winds, rains or storms the leaves could fall before their time.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/60, ISO 3200, exposure bias 0step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

23 thoughts on “The Colors of Autumn”

    1. Hi isa, thanks. I didn’t know which direction to go at first but I’m glad that the photos have inspired me into this direction. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Gerry, I love the rice paddy image also, I made prints and CD for her and she absolutely loved it. This post is more close to home. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Jeffrey for a nice feedback. Photography has become a part of my life now and it’s nice to write a post with photos.

    1. Salalao, the colors are beautiful at this time of the year but they are changing fast in our area, I still have this week to enjoy. πŸ™‚

      The maple leaves image was taken at Wat Greensboro, they have many trees there.

  1. Beautiful photos – thank you for sharing your view of autumn. I love the rice paddy photo – the plants frame your neighbor in nature.

    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks. The rice paddy is one of my favorite photos also. I make a habit of giving back the picture that I take now, and she was very pleased with the photos that I took of her on that day. πŸ™‚

  2. Nye, this is a lovely autumn post. Are the pictures of the rice harvest and the Buddhist monk from Laos – or from USA? I have never been in Laos (but Thailand, Burma and Vietnam some years ago) – it is very interesting to read your stories related to your background πŸ™‚

    1. Hi truels, thanks. All photos were from the USA, not far from where I live. It must be me that’s looking for something close to back home to photograph. πŸ™‚

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