I took this shot at the TA Prohm temple in Angkor, on the bottom right hand corner you can see this kid, I guess he knew I was travelling alone, he was very plesant and his English was pretty good and he showed me places to take photos where no other tourists could go to take pictures, he always said here is where they took Tomb Raider and sure enough he took me to places closed off to public, there were workers around but they could care less.
TA Prohm was built during the reign of Jayavarman VII, a great king who reconquered the Khmer empire from Cham invaders in the years 1177-1181. Needless to say, the war caused great damage to the ancient capital of Angkor. The ambitious king set about making it into a proper seat of power by ordering the reconstruction of a number of temples. TA Prohm was the centerpiece of his masterplan, located roughly in the center of the capital. Though the temple covers barely 2.5 acres, its walls and moat encompass 148 acres, which would have sheltered a town attached to the temple. Here, 12,640 people lived, supported by a population of 79,365 who worked in nearby villages to provide food and supplies.
TA Prohm housed the deity Prajnaparamita, the "perfection of wisdom." It was consecrated in 1186. Like many Khmer kings, Jayavarman had it carved in the likeness of his mother. The Prajnaparamita statue was surrounded by 260 lesser divinities, housed in their own sanctuaries.
Interestingly, the temple was also the headquarters of a vast hospital network created by the good king. From TA Prohm, supplies filtered out to 102 hospitals located throughout the empire. The Khmer kings seem to have taken the Buddha's call to mercy into their own hands.
I included people in this picture to show the scale of the roots. I have ones without people too.
I hope you like it
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danyy (0) 2005-08-23 17:22
C'est une superbe photo que tu nous envoies là.
On croirait cet arbre plein de vie, prêt à engloutir ces monuments, ces ruines.
Les couleurs sont tendres et naturelles, le cadrage parfait, j'aime aussi l'exposition, bien calibrée, malgré les nombreuses zones d'ombre.
Zepi (22848) 2005-08-23 17:23
Magnifique ambiance lumière !
Excellent cadrage, superbes couleurs
J’aime beaucoup !
Merci pour le partage
jjbach (9324) 2005-08-23 17:27
Really impressive shot of this incredible place !! These roots are incredible. Thanks a lot for this shot. Very informative notes too!!
sandpiper (6788) 2005-08-23 17:31
Great scene, completly different perspective of Angkor as you said. Sometimes it pays to travel alone.
I this one as it not only shows the ruins of this once great city, but also the power of nature, trying hard to reclaim the area. Those roots are impressive.
MiguelP (14470) 2005-08-23 18:00
i like the play of the sizes here, also the scene is quite beautiful, evocative. I think also it works more than well because colors and contrast are very well adjusted. What happened with the man on the right... Was he sick or something? Very well done, thanks for sharing.
aferrao (1145) 2005-08-23 18:01
That's a strange and beautiful place. It seems like a scenary of a movie.
That's a nice shot, very well done!
Yamada (2309) 2005-08-23 18:19
good shot. Good sharp details and the tree growing there is captured very nice :)
singuanti (15250) 2005-08-23 21:52
Hi Dan. What a shot! This shot really catches the eye with its larger than life proportions. I also like the low cloud cover. Great note and shot Dan. I really like it!!
cessy (13647) 2005-08-24 3:34
the roots look like an alien
very nice captured, Dan
nicely framed and composed
elihesamian (26149) 2005-08-24 4:02
I have seen it but not with this POV,yours is excellent,no doubt,Excellent POV,excellent sharpness and quality,skilfully captured and very well composed,Thanks a lot for sharing,Dan,
I add to a theme,
Best to You
PixelTerror (0) 2005-08-24 4:44
Amazing picture, the tree looks like some kind og Godzilla about to destroy the temple, I like this spectacular shot !
Have a nice day,
supereira (9576) 2005-08-24 4:59
Great shot.I like the composition and poin tof view.Good atmosphere.Great colors,light,textures and sharpness.I like the detail of the persons.Great place.Good job!
ngythanh (8456) 2005-08-24 6:55
I think you arrived here at perfect time, during perfect weather, and you made a perfect composition.
Your note is very helful, too.
weswang (18223) 2005-08-24 9:47
Hi Dan, A nice capture of the special giant ancient tree. I like the way you use the people in the picture to make reference of the size of the tree. It looks that the tree had totally take over the house. Good details and nice sharpness. Well done.
rabdelnoor (3423) 2005-08-24 20:33
Very impressive picture with these big roots growing around the temple. The people indeed gave a nice perspective of size to the scene. Great use of light and beautiful colours.
Very well done.
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-08-25 3:30
Great place you have been there, and thanks for offering this big rooted tree on the old stones.
Good colors and framing.
I like the composition and also the place.
ChrisJ (118961) 2005-08-25 6:04
This would also look good in a sepia conversion. I like the pov, & the people add scale & context. Good work!
zig (2456) 2005-08-25 6:58
I like it with people defenitely. Great scale differences between them and it makes the shot, I think. These people are in the right place in the frame. Nice work.
jhm (160975) 2005-08-25 8:34
A picture for a beautiful paiting, splendid composition, the people give a good scale of the great "Giant roots and TINY"
Very well done, thanks for visit!
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-26 10:53
The people add a very good context and scale to the picture.I like the dark mood in this picture.The size of the roots is really astonishing.
john_c (24666) 2005-08-26 13:10
A well composed scene with subtle shadows and hues. Before I read your note my first thought was that this seems like a movie set, though I haven't seen Tomb Raider. It could well be from Lord of the Rings. The depiction of the roots is masterful. Good framing and cropping really gives mystery and ambience to the scene. This is very fine work, Dan. Well done.
Stepan (27210) 2005-08-26 16:10
I wish I could visit that place. I had never seen such a view like that before. It's a really amazing one.
Thanks for this sharing.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-09-04 1:48
Hi Dan - a wonderful and wonderfully uncrowded view of this famous strangler fig, and an original angle. Fantastic note as usual
flydragon (0) 2005-09-05 12:13
a simple view but nice
i would love visit this place one
day i never been to Cambodia.
i think its nice to have some people
we can see how its big
thx for this view
paolino (1024) 2005-09-05 17:54
Incredible roots, Dan. They look like an octopus. great image. PAOlo
Xalkida (11744) 2005-09-09 12:06
Fantastic shot Dan. I never see a place like this one. Great colors, good POV and depth.
Brendon (289) 2006-09-12 5:57
What more could one say other then truly impressive. Your very right in posting this shot vs. the one without the people. It gives the viewer a great scale in which to judge the size of well...that monsterous tree and root overtaking the temple wall.
You composed quite well, it looks like you shot from a shadowy area into the vermillion coloured mossy walls and the bright sky in the rear. Good Job!
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC F828 Cybershot, Compact Flash 2G, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Some Trees , Some Roots!, Twins? [Part XVIII], Cambodia - Ta Phrom trees [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-23 17:15
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