Images shot with Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5
Man do I like a good temple.
Whenever I go somewhere new, at least one temple usually makes it onto my list of things to see.
I don’t pray. I don’t light incense. I just like going to them. I like the buildings, I like the statues and iconography, and I like the atmosphere.
I like how I always feel better having visited.
Time spent in a new place without visiting the temple is like leaving an itch unscratched.
The Nanchan temple scratched it in Wuxi, China.
Unlike some temples in China, Wuxi’s Nanchan temple is free to enter and explore.
However, there is a small charge (10rmb) to climb the pagoda.
It’s worth it.
Inside you’ll find graffiti-covered walls and steep and rickety stairs.
You’ll know you’ve done a decent climb once you reach the top.
If you do it in the midday heat of an August day like I did, you’ll also be very sweaty.
It’s worth it.
The views of the temple and the surrounding city are pretty good.
Take your camera.
Practicing some urban landscape photography
I never used to do much landscape photography until I got the Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5.
Since getting the 28mm though, and pushing myself to use it more, I’ve been enjoying figuring out the landscape thing.
This eBook gave me a lot of pointers on composition – especially on having something of interest in the foreground as well as a nice background – although I’ve clearly still got a lot to learn.
We always have a lot to learn.
And whether in photography or life, we need to always be aware of that.
Nanchan temple is a good place if you’re in Wuxi and need to get your temple fix.
Be sure to pay the money and climb the pagoda also. It’s a great spot for trying out some urban landscape photography of your own.
If you’ve been yourself, or plan to, let me know in the comments below.
And leave us a link to the pictures you take / took there too.
Let’s get some eyes on your work. 🙂
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