Blessing Ceremony for Maetou Gaisorn

We missed Maetou Gaisorn at Wat Greensboro during the last few events, and yesterday her family nimon (invited) Phramaha Somsak Sambimb, Bhikkhu Pannadharo (Darrell Kitchen) and two monks from Wat in Morganton and also Wat in Lexington to perform a blessing ceremony for her. We took this opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving the Buddhist way, and the small Buddhist community of Conover, Newton, Morganton and Hickory came together to celebrate and give thanks, we are thankful for our boun and blessing.

On a technical note, I used to have so much problem shooting indoor due to poor lighting.  This time I set my ISO to Auto and it’s good for me since I didn’t want to set it too low or too high.  I also set the White Balance to Auto, and shot these photos in Raw instead of JPEG, it’s more work during the process but well worth it.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/6.3 at 1/100sec, EB-0.3step, 105mm, ISO-6400

One of her grandsons became a novice monk in her honor.  This is definitely a proud moment for any parents and grandparents, below is an image of him asking for permission to become a novice monk.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 1/60sec, 58mm, ISO-3200

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 1/40sec,24mm, ISO-2500

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/6.3 at 1/100sec, EB-0.7step, 97mm, ISO-2500

The money tree was hung by the family and friends, and the total received was donated to three Wats or temples that performed the ceremony.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/6.3 at 1/80sec, EB-0.3step, 67mm, ISO-2000

Phramaha Somsak Sambimb performed the ceremony.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/14 at 1/30sec, EB-0.3step, 105mm, ISO-12800

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/10 at 1/40sec, EB-0.7step, 24mm, ISO-5000

Burning long candles that measured the circumference of each family member’s head and elbow to wrist is part of a blessing ceremony.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/6.3 at 1/125sec, EB-0.7step, 105mm, ISO-1250

Pra Kao Tip or meal was prepared for the spirit of passed loved ones.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4 at 1/60sec, EB-0.7step, 67mm, ISO-500

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 1/100sec, EB-0.7step, 105mm, ISO-12800

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4 at 1/100sec, EB-0.7step, 105mm, ISO-5000

It’s nice to see Maetou Gaisorn giving alms.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/400sec, 70mm, ISO-640

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/125sec, EB+0.3step, 105mm, ISO-200

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/100sec, 84mm, ISO-250

Another Canon fan on the right hand side.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/60sec, 67mm, ISO-100

One of the guests tied a white string around Maetou Gaisorn’s wrist for blessing.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 1/50sec, EB-0.3step, 70mm, ISO-12800

Food offering to the monks.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 1/30sec, EB-0.3step, 24mm, ISO-3200

A buffet style for the guests.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 1/40sec, EB-0.3step, 24mm, ISO-125

A Thai dessert called Bua Loi.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11 at 1/160sec, EB-0.3step, 105mm, ISO-100

There were plenty of good Lao foods.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/9 at 1/80sec,73mm, ISO-6400

One of the monks went around to sprinkle blessing water for good health and fortune.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/9 at 1/40sec, 32mm, ISO-320

I loved her outfit and asked if I could photograph her, she hesitated at first but finally agreed.  She shaved her head and I would love for her to take her Beanie off, but since it was cold I didn’t have the heart to ask her. She is beautiful in her traditional outfit.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/9 at 1/80sec, 47mm, ISO-100

Here is a picture that I took of her inside during the ceremony.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4 at 1/100sec, EB-0.3step, 88mm, ISO-1250

It is always a good idea to ask the homeowner for permission to photograph the event.  I asked Por Sing if I could photograph the event for my blog and Wat Greensboro’s Facebook and he said okay. I posted more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook, click here to view more photos.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/13 at 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO-100

4 thoughts on “Blessing Ceremony for Maetou Gaisorn

    • salalao, I was impressed of how it handled the low light situation and minimal digital noise also. My t2i did so poorly at ISO-3200, and this one did great at ISO-12800. After taking it for a test run, I finally figured out how to use the camera. I didn’t notice that much of a difference in the video quality, if part of it was blurry then it’s my bad eyesight and has nothing to do with the quality of the video.

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