Atop a shrine on Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep is the name of the mountain where the famous temple often called “Doi Suthep” is located) sits a representation of a monk.  This monk is meant to represent and honor the monks who built the temple.  It’s rather rich in detail compared to most statues you run across in Thailand  

Atop a shrine on Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep is the name of the mountain where the famous temple often called “Doi Suthep” is located) sits a representation of a monk.  This monk is meant to represent and honor the monks who built the temple.  It’s rather rich in detail compared to most statues you run across in Thailand.  The inscription underneath gives the dates and other details of the statue.

 

Doi Suthep Chiang Mai  

This image is significant not for the subject, but for the technical accomplishments you wouldn’t be aware of from looking at the image.  I’ve often said, and I’ll repeat it again, that the 70-200/2.8 IS/VR zoom telephoto lens is the photojournalist's best friend.  Even from a distance you can make great detailed captures with relative ease.

 

 This is the sort of situation that makes the 70-200/2.8 IS so useful for photojournalism and any use that requires a high quality versatile lens.  

This image was shot with the 70-200/2.8 IS at 70mm, F5, and 1/160th.  ISO 100.  See how far away the shrine is?  I was sitting in my car waiting for a friend to come down the stairs and out of boredom picked up my camera with the 70-200/2.8 IS already mounted, and snapped this picture.  The engine was idling, the car was vibrating, and I was turned around almost 180 degrees in my seat.  The image looks rather ordinary.

Then I thought that a close up of the figure/statue might make an interesting capture, so without changing any other settings I slowly rotated the zoom and from the exact same position captured the Feature Photograph above.  This is the sort of situation that makes the 70-200/2.8 IS so useful for photojournalism and any use that requires a high quality versatile lens.  The feature photograph merely shows you what’s possible with such a lens at the ready.