Vesak in the Sky with Lanterns

‘Going to see Vesak,’ on Navam Mawatha, Colombo. May 2023.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/250 • ISO4000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •


Dragon Light
An intricately designed Vesak lantern by the roadside in Colombo. Most Vesak lanterns are simple 12-panelled bamboo and paper constructions made at home, but not so these huge two-storey electrically powered rotating contraptions that compete with each other for the crowds (and often for a cash prize). In the past, many of these were commissioned by trade unions, craft cooperatives, and other social clubs, but today, they’re most likely built by the military, under orders to make this Buddhist celebration a success. Sri Lanka, May 2023.

• 48mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO2000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

The Light of Kāmacchanda
Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo. Vesak Poya, May 2023.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO250 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •
• 50mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO1000 •
• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO1250 •

The Sun Fallen Beneath Trees of Stone
Downtown Colombo, from the rooftop of Cinnamon Red. September 2022.

The sun is fast fallin’ beneath trees of stone
The light in the tower, no longer my home
Past eyes of pale fire, black sand for my bed
I trade all I’ve known for the unknown ahead

— Bear McCreary This Wandering Day

• 24mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO5000 • Canon R6 & RF 24-105/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Day Breaks, the City
The Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka. September 2022.

• 24mm • f/10 • 10s • ISO100 • tripod • Canon R6 & RF 24-105/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Christmas in Colombo

One Galle Face Christmas centerpiece.
One Galle Face Christmas centerpiece. EF16-35mm/2.8L at 20mm, f/8, 0.8s, and ISO100.

A night out with the Canon EOS R

Like many in Colombo I was both thankful and surprised not to have had a curfew slapped down on the city over the Christmas weekend; something that quite a few thought was inevitable. So, gift-buying duties completed, and the freezer stocked up with enough goodies to last ’til 31st night, I thought I’d do a bit of Christmas sightseeing in nighttime Colombo.* Canon/Metropolitan‘s offer of their EOS R as a date made the evening’s possibilities even more promising.

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