Loy Krathong was in danger of being postponed this year due to the mourning period for a very revered monk who died last month. However outside of Bangkok the festival went on but with a slightly muted feel.
Loy Krathong is a chance to send away all the bad feelings and allow room for the good to come in. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong's floating symbolizes letting go of all one's hatred, anger, and defilements.
I set out to take pictures on the beach at Hua Hin. Sadly I was restricted as to what I could carry so the pictures are not as good as I would like. The moon was full and the sky was mostly clear.
Some of the Krathong which were sent out to either appease the water gods or to revere Buddha and let go of bad feelings, anger etc., depending on personal belief.
James and I were taken this week to the old Palace which is currently in the process of renovation. What is beautiful about the structure is the framing of views which is part of the building.
The first picture is of the walk from the rear of the building to the beach.
And the second which frames a tree in the garden.
I was entranced with the design and therefore not at all bothered by the lack of artefacts which would have cluttered my view of the building. I look forward to going back when the work on this beautiful building has been completed.
For photographers, the Loy Krathong photos were all taken with the fuji XE1 and it did struggle with the low light. I had the ISO up to its maximum and, as you can see, the pictures are noisy. The palace pictures were taken with my Nikon D300s. Fast shutter and aperture at f11 in the bright light.
I am not discussing the demos in Bangkok in this blog, I will continue to post news on Facebook but this blog is for photography. I hope you enjoy the pictures.