On my last morning in Vientiane, I came very close to skipping out on Pha That Luang. A golden monument on the fringes of town seemed like one of those attractions that might be adequately represented by a photo. And since I was on my own, there was no one to judge me for my laziness. But I managed to yank my lazy butt out of bed, and in the process got to enjoy another perk of solo travel: As much time as I wanted to play around with my camera. I’m definitely not a professional photographer, but sometimes I like to pretend. The bright blue sky and the reflective gold surface of Pha That Luang changed with every camera angle, but I was particularly happy with this shot. It seems to amplify the contrasts between the deep blue of the sky, the pale gold of the statue and the deep shadows of the carvings.
This is the latest in a series of Friday “snapshots” featuring photos from my travels in China and Beyond.