Pooja

Daily pooja ceremony held at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore. Pooja is a way of worshiping the Hindu deities. It involves prayers, offerings, blessings and sacrifices. The ritual is performed by a Hindu priest.

Hindu devotees offering prayers ---- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/80, f/4, ISO800.
Hindu devotees offering prayers —- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/80, f/4, ISO800.
Hindu devotees at evening rituals.
Hindu devotees waiting for priest to distribute arthi, the white substance to be place onto the forehead of the devotees —- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/80, f/4, ISO800.
Hindu devotees at evening rituals.
Hindu priest collecting prayer petitions from devotees blessed offerings during an evening prayer ritual —- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/80, f/4, ISO800.

Hindu devotees at evening rituals.

Evening pooja and prayers.
Hindu priest distributing arthi, which are lighted camphor in white substance, applied to the forehead of the devotees who receives it as dharshan, a blessing.
Hindu devotee prostrating and praying on the floor of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore ---- Fujifilm XE-2, 200mm, 1/180, f/4.8, ISO4000.
Hindu devotee prostrating and praying on the floor of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore —- Fujifilm XE-2, 200mm, 1/180, f/4.8, ISO4000.
Evening pooja and prayers.
Hindu priest distributing arthi, which are lighted camphor in white substance, applied to the forehead of the devotees who receives it as dharshan, a blessing.
Hindu devotees are buying flower garland as an offering to the deities in the temple —- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/125 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1000.
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Colourful sculptures of Hindu gods and deities surrounding the roof tower of a Hindu temple —- Fujifilm XE-2, 70mm, 1/125 sec, f/3.7, ISO 4000.

Hindu devotees at evening rituals.

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Dramatic blue hour sky with contrail above one of Singapore oldest Hindu temple, the Sri Veeramakaliamman. Situated along the Serangoon Road, within the vicinity of Little India, this roof temple carved with deities and celestial animals, staked in stages with symbol of Hinduism —- Fujifilm XE-2, 18mm, 1/80, f/22, ISO2000.
Hindu Temple.
Sculptures of Hindu gods and deities surrounding the roof tower of Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore —- Fujifilm XE-2, 55mm, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO4000.

Photography tips and equipment:

I used two Fujifilm XE-2 cameras. What can I say, I love Fujifilm camera so much that I owned two XE-2, one black and one silver. The lenses I used are Fujinon XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. There are many low light situations throughout this documentation. I shoot on free hand. Tripod is not very conducive in this situation. I moved around a lot. Flash light is totally a no simply not to be rude to flash on someone who is in thoughts and prayers. Therefore I have used a few high ranging ISO including ISO4000 for some photographs. It is an astonishing outcome from XE-2 that these photographs with such high ISO do not produce much noise. In general, I would always keep my ISO to maximum 800.  The long lens, 55-200mm is also perfect in this situation to avoid being too intrusive in people’s privacy. Its a religious ground and being respectful is important.

 

 

 

 

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