There are a lot of images from this temple on TE, but I decided to upload mine anyway.
These stone faces are found on the Bayon temple which is at the centre of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. There were 54 towers in the temple but today only 37 are still standing, all have these faces on them, there are 216 faces in total. The temple was built by King Jayavarman VII and was constructed in the 12th century. It is said that the faces bear a striking resemblance to the king himself.
It is quite an overwhelming experience standing amongst these giant faces, and this was one of my favourite temples in the Angkor complex.
I could not decide if I liked the black and white or colour version better, please see the workshop for colour.
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InasiaJones (31442) 2007-05-19 6:00
OK, I got it now... Youíre trying to confuse everyone with your black and white versions, so now we donít know if itís from your film or digital camera... :-D)
I think you get better contrasts with your Canon, as these rock faces show some deep black and still achieve an extensive grayscale. The details are crisp and we can really feel the bas-reliefs and the textures. The combination of the two opposite figures is well seen and make a good composition.
Iíve seen your workshop and for me, both versions are efficient. But maybe I prefer the colour one, with subtle mineral tones.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-05-19 8:23
of course there is already photos of this place on TE but this one shows a new POV and detail
interesting framing and composition *****, i like both versions but the colour version is the best in my taste,
Floydian (30970) 2007-05-19 12:17
Aha, a second one. I notice that you are also shooting digital during your trips....very clever.
The colour version is also nice, although there is a minimum on colours to see.
Your tight framing is something is really like...a real good one.
llimone (672) 2007-05-19 12:19
Hola Wanda. Preciosa y detallista foto de templo de Angkor. Me encantan tus fotos en B.N. Saludos Ricardo
stego (23134) 2007-05-19 16:49
I wouldn't mind a bit being a common subject on TE. It is great, and that's what matters. But I must say that in a quick look at the Siem Reab gallery of TE I didn't find any post with a pov resembling this one. I like how it looks so abstract and how its depth is a a bit confusing - the textures are impressive and it doesn't look flat at all, but there is a sort of optical illusion that puts both figures on the same plane. I guess that is mostly caused by a long focal distance, but I also guess that it is enhanced by the shapes and shadows. In short, an amazing image.
Sorry for not being able to say which one I prefer. They are both much colourless anyway (which isn't a flaw, of course).
TFS, Regards, Josť.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-05-20 10:29
Beautiful shot. I like the fine details and the suggestive spectacle. Excellent composition and impressive choice the B&W. Attractive and effective work. Have a nice sunday, thank you
ben4321 (9875) 2007-05-20 12:32
I think I prefer the colour version, Wanda. Although it's almost monochrome, the hint of colour does bring out the heads from the background. In B&W everything blends into one, and it's harder to pick out the various details.
Your framing is good though, and I like the way you've isolated these two heads from what must have been a busy background.
vincz (19113) 2007-05-21 1:50
Excellent framing for these famous heads. i thnk I prefer the colour one for the delicate touches of colours but both are almost monochrome anyway. A very good approach to this renown place.
Skulk (4) 2007-05-27 19:15
Great shot, really nice contrast and textures (would make a brain numbing puzzle)
AnimeshRay (9083) 2008-06-15 23:09
The colored version is also nice, but this black and white version is certainly more striking of the two.
I love your angle of view of this impressive architectural piece. Terrific photo.
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14978)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-04-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: canon EOS350D
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-19 4:41