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A rather abstract photo of a temple bell in Uttarakhand.

It's hard to make out what the background is. The golden portion is a stone wall with two trapezoidal niches in the shadow. The bold black lines in the front are silhouettes of a stone pillar at right and a horizontal rod used to hold the bells.

Bells are everywhere in Hindu temples. Rung during the morning and evening rituals, they are intended to intone the sacred word "om". They are also used to invite the deity (and possibly wake up any sleeping devotee). These bells can become incredibly loud - especially when over a hundred people are ringing bells in a closed stone room.

The background is a bit blurred - I chose a small DOF to ensure the focus was on the bell and the silhouette. However, a large DOF may have been interesting too.

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Additional Photos by Biswaroop Mukherjee (bmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 72 N: 211] (1516)
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