National Geographic : 2010 Sep
Of the four mountains considered holy by Chinese Buddhists, Mt. Emei is the largest. A green-clad giant that soars through the clouds in the middle of Sichuan Province, it holds 30 Buddhist temples on slopes rich with ancient trees, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife. It is here that National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner captured this shot that pleases the eye with its melange of light, texture and color, even as it teases the mind with its enigmatic subject matter. Turner explains: "The locks and the ribbons are wishes. Pilgrims visit the monasteries on the mountain in order to pray and receive blessings. As well, people will buy these locks and ribbons for good luck and put them on the chain railings around the monastery ... they have brief sayings on them that represent their wishes." As if having been granted his own wish, Turner says that the combination of overcast lighting conditions and my Samsung NX10 camera were ideal for the photograph. "I enjoyed the fact that the camera took really high-quality images in less than optimal lighting conditions," he said. Turner also commented that the size of the NX10 provided significant advantages over heavier gear: "The camera is light and small so it was easy to handle quickly in order to get the shot I wanted. Because the camera is small, it is less imposing to other people and so it was easy to be spontaneous while shooting." Locks and ribbons at the Qingyin Monastery, Mt. Emei China. Shot using the Samsung NX10 with 18-55mm lens set at 35mm, f/4.5, iso 400. ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE www.samsung.com www.samsungimaging.com Unlocking the Secrets of a Great Shot TYRONE TURNER Tyrone Turner is a photojournalist based in Arlington, Virginia. His assignments have taken him from Brazil to Baghdad to the bayous of Louisiana with his camera in hand. In addition to his work for National Geographic, Turner has produced award-winning photographs for national and international publications such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times.