I was debating whether I post this shot in TE., but then it’s one of my favourite shots of one of my favourite temples in Angkor.
It was about 5 o’clock when we reached Preah Khan (pronounced "PRAY KAHN") This temple is a large monastic complex, and the interesting part comes in that while one half is restored, the other half is ruined and appears "how it was found." In fact, most the temple was heavily damaged by art theft. The Hall of Dancers is named for eight lintels with dancing apsarasas.
I found the interplay of the evening sun on the stones to be captivating. The apsaras on the wall (some badly damaged) and the ruins under our feet create an amazing and nostalgic showcase of beauty
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Silmaril (129) 2006-04-12 7:01
Interesting photo. Good lights and shadows capture.
david (3992) 2006-04-12 7:31
there are a lot of interesting nooks and crevices to explore in this photo. HOWEVER i'm sad to say that your shot is not straight and that's really distracting.
i like your photo, but it needs to be straightened. i've done a workshop for you! :)
Gerrit (49590) 2006-04-12 8:54
great place with the moss on the stones and the ruined state. The light is very special.
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
marieaude (1196) 2006-04-12 8:54
Hello, a lot of thing to see here. This temple must be fantastic. I like the light playing on the walls, but maybe it will be more attractif if the photo was strait. Thanks anyway,I was happy to discover this temple.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-04-12 10:37
I like this ruins. Great illuminated in upper part. Nice visible details on the wall.
sayat (2949) 2006-04-12 14:36
A very interesting sight indeed. Nice play of light and shade. The details are very good so one can enjoy the image a long time.
cjmm (4479) 2006-04-12 17:14
Wow... so many details! You are right about the afternoon shadows and light adding yet more details and textures to the image.
I quite agree with Sayat that this is a photo that you can look for a long time (i have been doing so) and still keep on finding new points of interest.
All in all I like the image beyond any technical consideration and I will be marking it as one of my favs.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-04-12 20:42
i remember this place, it is almost in total ruins, I guess it is the best time to see this place before there is only a pile of rocks
Really good work here, good framing
RADEEH (2802) 2006-04-12 21:55
I liked the play with the lights, very dramatic effect.
The details are amazing.
Hats off to the idea.
Congrats and TFS
pastadog (13111) 2006-04-13 3:05
Hi Angshu - you've discovered a nice corner to make us feel Indiana Jones, the shade accentuating this mood. Regards, Daniel
postvikram (1199) 2006-04-13 5:42
Beautiful picture of a beautiful place.The details are very clear though its a bit brighter at the top.I think this place will offer the tourists a present and the past view by having one half restored and the other left as it is found.Must be quite an experience.
Nice shoot - Vikram
capthaddock (28790) 2006-04-13 7:02
Hi Angshu - OK the sunlit stones are very blown out, but the rest is great, very moody and seemingly undiscovered, remarkable given the fact that this place is always overrun by tourists.
feather (51130) 2006-04-13 7:17
You have captured some amazing detail in the walls of these ruins. The WS has done a good straightening job as I, too, was a bit distracted by the tilt, but I prefer the colours on your original shot. Possibly a few passes of the burn tool with low opacity over the bright part would tone that down a touch.
However, a fine TE post.
pierrefonds (58229) 2006-04-13 8:55
A good POV of the temple of Preah Khan, the photo has nice colors and a good composition.
pranab (5354) 2006-04-14 3:39
thanks for posting this shot, i don't see the reason behind your doubt!
good play of light here. nice dof and good color scheme.
jasmis (57888) 2006-04-14 4:42
Excellent place and impressive photo. Superb texture of stone. Regards.
dHitman (0) 2006-04-16 1:12
Very good POV with so much details and interesting subject around. Good colors too. TFS!
riclopes (35577) 2006-04-17 13:19
I like the framing in here, which shows us very interesting details in this amazing temple, that I have not been the oportunity to visit yet. The tiltness doesn´t bother me much, but the lighting is not the best. The shadow parts does not make the details stand out very clear and the bright upper part is a bit overexposed. The ws is interesting, but your colours are more natural an you are right about the oversaturation of it. Sometimes, the lighting is really a problem, but we can do nothing about it. Good composition, though!
vinicio (23423) 2006-04-17 17:31
Intricate grays with huge history, well done, compliments, another beautiful image from your land.
blakitan (1311) 2006-07-31 4:22
Nicely capturing this unfortunate condition of the temple. Great PoV. Great shot.
batalay (35811) 2006-12-28 11:44
When I received your note about my last post "Einstein's Office," with the news that you had tracked down my book, 'Math and the Mona Lisa,' I decided to visit your truly compelling gallery. First, email your address to my university postal (snailmail) address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send the signed bookmark to you by the postal system. There is one advantage in the paperback edition: since they represent the 8-11 th printings of the book, the typos should be completely ironed out. The only unfortunate aspect is that the "blurbs" that review the book have been left out of the back cover, which you can access at my website http://www.bulentatalay.com
About this photo and another that came up in "random order" I was astonished by the similarity in architecture betwee Angkor (the Indus Valley in general) and the Mayan architecture in Tikal (Guatemala), Copan (Honduras), Chichen Itza (Mexico). There have been suggestions before that the people of the Indus Valley may have interacted with those in Central America as far back as 2000 years, certainly long long before Christopher Columbus set sail. In a building called "The Church" in Chichen Itza, there carvings that look like elephant trunks, but the Central Americans never saw elephants. But your photos make an eloquent case for this theory.
Warm regards, and thanks for a great symphony of travel photos that you make available to us who are addicted to TE.
Happy New Year,
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56180)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-03
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Date Submitted: 2006-04-12 6:58
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