A slice of life at Yufo Chan Sih (玉佛禅寺), the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai. One of my favorite places to hang out because it is mostly a working temple and not so much for tourists — and it has a great vegetarian restaurant. Once a week, after prayers, a long line of monks snakes through the temple following an elder, blessing every room.

I made this shot impulsively and without thinking through my camera settings, so I was certain it was blurry and hopeless. Even when I took another look on camera playback, I saw nothing worth saving, and I could easily have deleted it at that time. Later, on the computer, I saw the single sharp image of one monk, and the photo went from the bottom of the heap to the top…faster than a prayer. (Price Schedule D)

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