Overcast Morning, Da Nang, Vietnam

Overcast Morning, Da Nang, Vietnam

Today was not a particularly auspicious day to start off with a new camera. It was overcast all day and the light flat. By noon the temperature was close to 100, the humidity was stifling and there was not a hint of a breeze. Late afternoon brought rain. But at 6:40 in the morning when this was taken, it was still pleasant outside and a little work in the digital darkroom gave some life to the colors in this image. The D750 has 24 megapixels, which let one capture some amazing detail in a landscape photo like this. Of course, by the time the image is reduced significantly in size and saved as a jpeg for publication online, all that detail pretty much disappears. A decent mobile phone camera and a photo tweaking app on the phone will produce almost the same results.

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My Son Temple, Quang Nam, Vietnam

My Son Temple, Quang Nam, Vietnam

A friend visiting from Thailand and I took a day trip to My Son, a UNESCO world heritage site about 80 km south of Da Nang. My Son was an important temple complex of the Champa Kingdom that existed in central and southern Vietnam from roughly 300 to 1700 CE. The Cham civilization was Indianized and the temples at My Son celebrate Hindu deities. For many years the Cham and the Vietnamese moving south from the area surrounding modern Hanoi contested the central part of what is now Vietnam. The Vietnamese eventually prevailed and the Champa Kingdom disappeared. The Cham people were assimilated into Vietnamese society, influencing the development of Vietnamese culture in the process. The temple pictured is one of a group of structures built in the 11th to 13th centuries CE.

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