White Temple Sunrise, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The Story of "The White Temple"
While a landscape photographer at heart, I do enjoy shooting cultural marvels on occasion as well. I also don't generally care much for manmade features... but something about Wat Rong Khun, aka The White Temple, in Chiang Rai appealed to me on every level.
Most of the temples we visited during our time in Thailand I found to be "neat," but as a seeker of natural beauty it was hard to get excited for them. We arrived at the White Temple at sunset in hopes of getting some shots of Sophie at the entrance, only to find it was already closed for the day! That was disappointing for a moment, until we realized what it meant; clean, crowd-free sunset photos!
I have a handful of images captured this night that top my list of shots from Thailand, but I think this one is my personal favorite.