This is a close-up shot of a gong found in a temple in with a hanging mallet in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand.
The gong is usually used for daily timetable. Early in the morning, a monk hits the gong in order to awake the other monks for prayer. During the day, a layman often hits the gong in order to call the monks for the morning and noon meals and in the evening a monk hits the gong to indicate the beginning of the prayers before sleep.
Fun fact: Every time the monks hit the gong, all the stray dogs living in the temple grounds start howling together.
Just as sometimes it’s good to go wide and unclutter the photo, it’s also good to actually zoom in and capture details or parts of an object and let the viewer visualize the rest. The gong is large and round but focusing on part of it with the mallet also does the trick.
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