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    Edit Photo Details Lighting Candles, Luang Prabang, Laos   #laos #people #places #culture #travel
    Monks celebrating the end of the Buddhist lent at Luang Prabang - Laos. They rejoice the end of a 3 month monsoon season where they were not permitted to leave their temples to travel. In this period they completely focus on meditation.
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    What a striking image, Sirsendu! You captured a beautiful moment, while the flame illuminates the detail in his face and clothing. I love that he is in focus and the glow of the candles in the background are soft, giving it a magical feeling.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions
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    Date Taken: Oct 6, 2017
    Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2018
    Location: Louangphabang, Louangphabang, Laos
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    ISO: 1600
    Copyright: © Sirsendu Gayen
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: Visualizing Your Identity, Exploring Community, The Trip That Changed My Life, Resolutions to Travel
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year