Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of depth of field and aperture.  In the first shot taken at the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong the focus is on the fragrant incense with the foreground blurred, giving a bit more depth of field to the photo.

fragrant incense

In contrast, the focal point of the very second shot is in the foreground (the beautiful bougainvillea flowers) of the image.

fragrant incense

Incense is aromatic material which releases fragrant smoke when burned and is used for a variety of purposes, including the ceremonies of all the main religions. The earliest documented instance of incense utilization comes from the ancient Chinese, who employed incense composed of herbs and plant products as a component of formalized ceremonial rites. The burned incense may be intended as a sacrificial offering to various deity or to serve as an aid in prayer.

Here are more pictures for this week’s theme.