PHOTO: Incense Coil at a temple in Hoi An, vietnam

Today's feature photo is of an incense coil hanging from above a temple that we spotted while wandering around Hoi An, Vietnam historic city center.

Today’s feature photo is of an incense coil hanging from above a temple that we spotted while wandering around Hoi An, Vietnam historic city center.

I’m unsure of what the Chinese characters read; sometimes the finer details of things are a mystery for a non-local.

Incense sticks and/or coils are often prevalent in Taoist temples.

As a travel photography tip, I positioned myself under the coil and used my zoom lens to fill the frame with the coil.

As a photographer, filling the frame (having your subject take up the frame) is an underutilized photography technique.

This is a travel image from Hoi An, Vietnam.  To view my entire collection from Hoi An click on the coil or Chinese characters above.

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Alex | Partial Parallax October 8, 2013 at 4:48 am

Very nice shot and filling the frame with the coil makes for an interesting image that can turn even a simple incense coil into something great to look at. Great shot keep on clicking!

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Cherri Megasko December 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Oh my! I was just there! Our guide told us that these coils are purchased by followers who cannot go there to pray every day. So they purchase the coils which are burned (during the daytime only) to serve as the purchaser’s proxy. Great photo, btw!

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