A visit to the HSI Lai Temple...Vacation Type pics, Documentary or PHOTO Essay



The largest Chinese temple in the United States, Hsi Lai Temple covers 15 acres. It is designed in accordance with Ming [masked] AD) and Ching [masked]) dynasty Chinese architecture, and includes several traditional temple buildings, gardens and statuary. The buildings include: a pagoda, a large main shrine building, a bodhisattva shrine, classrooms, a tea room, garden, museum, vegetarian cafeteria, and gift shop




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  • Fritz S.

    Wow! The posted pics of the temple are all awesome! I feel intimidated to post mine. I will post eventually. Im just lookn for time.

    September 3, 2013

    • Fritz S.

      All good man! Im breaking in and getting used to a new camera. my pics are okay. My mom is visiting and staying in my office at home where I edit pics. So, sorry for the late posts. Stay tuned!

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • larry a.

      We look forward to your pics... Have a nice day

      September 5, 2013

  • mary r.

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day.

    September 4, 2013

  • William R.

    Had a fantastic time. Thanks,
    Larry.

    September 4, 2013

  • larry a.

    pt.3
    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO PROGRESS SHOOT ONE PLACE 5 OR SO DIFFERENT TIMES SAME LOCATION SEE THE CHANGE OCCUR ARE YOU GETTING BETTER OR SLACKING. You say you guys shoot for 3 years 5 years...is that on weekends! Your average person working as a STAFF photographer puts in 40 hours plus recreational time shooting which comes to 65 hours a week...in 3 years thats alot of shooting. SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE PUT IN THE ALBUMS...concentrate on yours.5, 10, 15 20, or just your ONE awesome one. For some it a way TO RELEASE STRESS...NOTHING MORE.

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • larry a.

      Rocky the thing about writing is some folks can't tell the mood your in...they can't see this BIG GRIN while I TYPE : )...haha. Rocky your not touching nerves...I knew you were beyond meta info...It's hard for me to describe in WORDs how I really feel. I guess what I am realyl saying is for you to keep shooting like you are. THE TERM PRO DOESN'T MEAN A THING...IT ONLY MEANS YOU MAKLE 80% A YEAR FROM THAT CHOSEN PROFESSION...HAHA doesn't mean your good. Rocky my buddy if we have these online discussions please remember that I am looking like this : ) ok my friend. As I suggested go ahead with the Meta Data it does help identify problems and how too remedy it. Rocky take care there's a BIG SMILE here ok...Shaka brah!

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • Rocky V.

      I always shoot to please myself and if anybody like what I take then thank you. I try my best to shoot with intention and see if I can get the shot I have envision in my mind. there is always a room for improvement, learning is a never ending process for me.

      2 · September 4, 2013

  • Luis C.

    Well said,,, practice makes perfection or at least some of the best...

    September 4, 2013

  • larry a.

    Rocky like you mentioned about the Hsi Lai Temple...the time of DAY we went sucked because harsh lighting...SO TRUE. Sometimes we as Photographers have to DEAL with the matter at hand make the best of it and make it work...that is the goal of a photographer making it work, thats the training we put ourselves through for those of us that choose to have the SUN as or STROBE...because life is like a TOUR Bus on tour...SHIT happens and we gotta make the best of it : ) If you ever taken a tour it's not always to or liking and there is no refunds!

    2 · September 4, 2013

  • Rocky V.

    Larry, I have been to a few meet-up events and I love to see what everybody who was there point of view. I think it's time to set out self to the next level than just posting our photos. Since we are already sharing our photos can we all add the meta info of each photo to see how we got to that point. I only know one person on a different meet up group who does that. Includes the camera, lens, ISO, f-stop and speed. So instead of just posting the most photos we will tend to post the ones we like and share the info. Just a thought.

    September 3, 2013

    • larry a.

      Be HONEST WITH YOUR SELF...WITH YOUR IMAGERY...thats the PATH to the next level.Put aside your software can your images hold up without it right out of the camera. IF THE ANSWER IS "NO" THAN IT'S TIME TO EVALUATE YOUR SKILLS IN CAMERA...THATS THE TRUE PHOTOGRAPHER...the other is a COMPUTER GRAPHICS ARTIST

      September 4, 2013

    • larry a.

      Today's photographer has a emergency cord in case they BOMB their shoot (FAIL) I can assure you if their were no RAW backup there would be a lost less guessing or just snapping away because we have RAW to save our ASSes. I am so glad I am so glad I am OLD OLD school and I was taught to rely on my KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS to capture the moment. HOW MANY READ THE NOTES I LEFT FOR EVERYONE IN DISCUSSIONS...it wasn't for me...I don't care what the world thinks of my photography anymore...I don't have to prove anything...I'M RETIRED and I made my MONEY. IT'S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN. You ask why I still shoot because it keeps me SANE since I lost my partner in LIFE

      September 4, 2013

  • larry a.

    There are 3 parts I wrote for you ROCKY...if you have questions get a hold of me.

    September 4, 2013

  • larry a.

    pt1

    Rocky you can do it if you wish...telling everyone what your settings were for each pic. That is up to you and each member...but remember each individual is different in what he sees and is trying to convey in his image. You can tell a good image from a bad one. Progression depends on your needs and how FAST you as a photographer want to excel. Unless you PRACTICE and PRACTICE and set deadlines in your mind... as a HOBBYIST there are NO penalties for being LATE or waiting ONE WEEK to process your image or POST... thats the part of photography that is FUN. As a PRO Photographer your faced with DEADlines, Perfection and client request WHICH YOU NEED TO DEAL WITHIN A SPECIFIC TIME .

    September 4, 2013

  • larry a.

    pt2

    You learn at your own pace and the technical DATA for each shot doesn't mean a thing if you didn't intend for it to be that way (an accident). SKIP the DATA and work on your eye, processing and as the days go by so will you level of photography. Imagine your on a shoot for LIFE magazine and judge each image if it were good enough to put in the story. If you really think you've reached that point I will set you up with the Photo Editor of Time magazine to show them your Photo Essay. Rocky Meet Ups are for FUN...if you want to bring your pictures to the next level...YOU ALL HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELVES...as for me those days are gone....I'M a NOOB just having FUN!

    September 4, 2013

  • Rocky V.

    The whole meet up was great, another wonderful place to discover. Only complain I have was the weather and the time, but I guess this is one place that you can't do a late afternoon shoot, because of the temple schedule. This will be a great place to do a later afternoon, golden hour moment.

    September 3, 2013

  • Fritz S.

    Awesome meeting all you guys! I wish I coulda stayed. I wanted to try out the buffet. Hope to see y'all in the next adventure!

    September 1, 2013

  • trenton

    Larry, that black actor we saw coming up the steps with his son today is Bokeem Woodbine. I only remember him from the movie The Rock

    September 1, 2013

  • Luis C.

    Very peaceful place and a good opportunity to shoot.

    September 1, 2013

  • Jeff J.

    Yes!...I had a lot of fun, the sun was out, food was good, and thanks to the occasional breeze that alleviated the heat. Larry...PROPS to the Man! for always putting something together. Thanks also to the people who commented about my daily "Tip of the day" which can be found on our message board, for both the L.A. Street and the Night Photography. They seem to have found it very informative (specially to the beginners and amateurs).

    So....when is the next Larry???

    September 1, 2013

  • trenton

    it was fun meeting everyone and the weather wasn't too bad. At first it didn't seem like 15 acres was going to be all that bad until I encountered all the steps. It was much better once I had their lunch buffet which wasn't all that bad for being vegetarian. Some of the things that SEEMED like chicken was probably soy as there was a curry dish that seemed like curry chicken!!! Thank god their cafe was air conditioned!!! =p

    Can't wait for another landscape-like event!!

    2 · September 1, 2013

  • Susy B

    Have fun members, this really is an amazingly beautiful and peaceful temple. Yesterday was a long day for me, we pulled in the driveway @ 2am. lol Stay, cool, & drink plenty of water. Darn I am gonna miss the food! lol

    September 1, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    Last minute problem, can't make it

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like to go (despite the heat) but my grandchildren came for the weekend. I might try to go during the week.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Tizita W

    I have to cancel ... Family situation, hope you guys have a great time! Thanks Larry, maybe I'll check it out on my own later since its close by... Thanks again!!

    August 31, 2013

  • larry a.

    If anyone has questions let me know...it is off the 60 freeway headin southon top of a hill. check your batteries. make sure your clothes can breathe and keep you cool....don't forget your hat. Again we will meet at the ARCH. I will leave the ARCH at 10:10. Call n catch up if your late 213 3241438. Look for the guy on the side of this comment with the HAT...haha

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • mary r.

    I am new to the group and am interested in this but cannot get there by 10 AM. Any way to meet up with people later in the morning? I was in rural China on a Ch'an Buddhist pilgrimage a few years ago and I took photos which look so similar to these - except I took them with my point and shoot. Would love to shoot here with my Nikon. And yes, it would be inappropriate to shoot indoors in case people were meditating or chanting. (If you used a tripod and no flash it really shouldn't be an issue - but my experience was that as a guest one would have to respect the wishes of the temple).

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • mary r.

      Thanks Larry. I just saw this response. (Still figuring out how to use Meetup). Thanks for the number. Still not sure about tomorrow. New wrinkle. I have an old dog who has been sick with this heat - so maybe yes,maybe no. But I appreciate being able to connect with you all. If I don't make it tomorrow morning I hope to see you all soon.

      August 31, 2013

    • larry a.

      No worries Mary..like you said there will be other times. Sometimes our pets are very close and part of the family...you keep him company...you have my number if you can't make it I can meet up with you one day a give you an escorted tour : )

      August 31, 2013

  • larry a.

    When you get there you'll notice 2 levels of Parking. We will meet at the Arch way on the first level parking at 10 am. I will take you down to street level so you can get shots. We will walk through the Temple (NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED) exit and get shots of the gardens statues along the buildings. I will give you a tour so you get as much as you can during our visit. The Veggie meal is $ 7 or 8 all you can eat. See you there!

    August 31, 2013

    • trenton

      do they allow photography for taking pics of their veggie buffet??

      August 31, 2013

    • larry a.

      No pics in the dining area

      August 31, 2013

  • Fritz S.

    Hi

    August 31, 2013

    • larry a.

      Aloha Fritz! I'll see you there Sunday were going to have fun!

      August 31, 2013

    • Fritz S.

      Cool, lookin forward to it.

      August 31, 2013

  • Eileen

    I may not make it there exactly by 10:00 a.m. so I will call/text
    Larry when I get there or look for you all on the Temple grounds.
    I'm the tall one with the Nikon.

    August 31, 2013

  • Fritz S.

    Hi

    August 31, 2013

  • larry a.

    Aloha Mary! What time did you think you were going to get there? My number is plastered all over this forum...here it is call or text me. (warning...the members know I'm bad about picking up the phone) I did pick up an ear piece. [masked] call first than TEXT

    August 29, 2013

  • larry a.

    You can shoot in the buildings that don't have Buddha's in them and the building in the far back is off limits

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Jeff J.

    FYI..I extracted this from their website. I just hope they allow us to shoot indoors, too.

    "We are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. We welcome all visitors. Self-guided audio tours are available to individual or small groups at the information center.

    Our famous dining hall hours are 11:30am to 1:30pm Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. See how other people think of our veggie buffet.

    Please respect the temple and note the following:

    1.Smoking is prohibited on premises. 
    2. Photos and video recordings can be taken only at outdoors.
    3. No commerical photography is allowed without permission.
    4. Please DO NOT bring meat of any kind, alcohol or beverages on temple grounds.
    5. Please show respect to the Temple and dress appropriately: no tank tops, shorts or mini skirts.
    6. Comfortable shoes are recommanded for climbing stairs and slopes."

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a lot to shoot outdoors and under covered walkways, you will keep busy enough.

      August 27, 2013

    • trenton

      what about a joby gorilla pod for dslrs?? I've been meaning to put some good use with it

      August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If they still have the lunch buffet- do it. All vegetarian and really good!

    August 23, 2013

  • PHILIP DE Y.

    Interesting!

    August 21, 2013

  • Keipher R.

    Wow this looks amazing!!

    August 20, 2013

  • Julie

    Hmm. Can I say maybe? My mother (who has been to China, lucky her) will be visiting that week.

    August 18, 2013

  • larry a.

    If you have never been here...I would say it is like a mini vacation. Once you get inside you will feel as if you were in China. For those of us that may never visit China this is so awesome as the detailing is authentic.

    August 18, 2013

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