The 12th century Angkor Wat is the most famous temple in the huge Angkor area in northwestern Cambodia.
This tourist not only climbed the very steep stairway to reach the upper level of the temple, he also got himself a close view of the decorations of the façade.
I didn't even consider climbing the stairs.
In case you don't approve of the sharpness, the explanation is that this is heavily cropped and blown up.
Here is a larger version
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KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-11-11 7:50
I liked this one immediately, Gert ~ and then I saw it was yours!
Not surprised :)
Love the title and the pov, love the modern guy sitting in the window gazing at this creation from antiquity. We see so many photos of the famous place, but yours puts a nice fresh spin on the experience.
His shirt and shorts work nicely with the scene. Great capture!
Kielia (23703) 2013-11-11 8:02
you are adding a fascinating image of this well known place to the gallery where the modern tourist plays an important role composition wise. The colors and structures are really interesting. My comliments!
saxo042 (37578) 2013-11-11 8:38
En synnerligen intressant byggnad, med en viss aktualitet. Jag lyssnar just på Ekot om konflikten om ett tempel, i och för sig inte detta, men det kanske har likheter. Intressant länk också, den trappan hade jag nog inte heller försökt mig på, inte ens krypande upp. Hur tar men sig ner?
Didi (57256) 2013-11-11 9:02
This place should be more preserved for the future
Interesting tight frame
Good sharp composition
serp2000 (40350) 2013-11-11 9:09
Is it the same famous Angkor Wat? I remember the breaking news around the conflict between Thailand and Cambodia. Amazing scene, fine details! TFS!
All the best wishes,
ourania (32083) 2013-11-11 9:13
it's clear that you cropped this picture heavily but I think that you created an original and very interesting composition. The human presence is surprising and creates great reference for the viewer. I like very much how he points to the lovely ancient artwork and how he mingles with the colours and textures of the temple. Instead of a distant observer, he became associated to this place and figures in a more intriguing way, through your composition, placed in line with the mysterious ancient figures. The textures is one of my favourite qualities in this presentation. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Nicou (123236) 2013-11-11 9:21
quelle iamge sueprbe ce personnage assis sur le bor et le rendu sur ces pierres quelle compo et vue merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
PaulVDV (22721) 2013-11-11 11:05
A very beautiful and clear presentation of the carvings on the outer walls and the wonderfully decorated windows of the temple.
The place where the visitor is located, leads me to suspect that the protection of the cultural heritage in Cambodia isn't yet at its best.
On the other hand, I must admit that I also sometimes dare to go where I'm not supposed to.
Best regards, Paul
macjake (57074) 2013-11-11 13:58
you can climb that! Get your but moving! haha
thanks for the photo of the stairs, it helps alot to get a true sense of the Wat.
I'd probably be sitting up along side of this guy, but with my luck i'd fall down too! haha
the larger photo you show us does show alot of textures and details.
cool photo of this iconic subject.
see you around
bukitgolfb301 (36218) 2013-11-11 14:01
Hi dear Gert, how are you here?
You shot usual object from unusual angle and appraioch.
Very good idea to crop so wisely and boldly, so effcetive. So sharp and comfortable image in the best framework and composition as usual.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
fabbs99 (16477) 2013-11-11 21:24
Lovely image of the guy sitting for a better look of the monument.Nice exposure and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
emka (79875) 2013-11-11 23:44
Hi Gert, You always find someone to take photo with. The inclusion of this guy makes it amusing. And he found the open window :). Wonderful details, how gracious these apsaras are. The decoration is abit like in the most beautiful temple there, Banteay Srei, but here the colour is different.
Why you didn't even consider climbing the stairs?? I climbed the all (and I am older than you).
Warm regrads Malgo
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-11-12 3:25
namaste Gert, an interesting presentation of this well composed shot. Like the off-centred positioning of the tourist. Like also the artworks in the facade. Great depth and sharpness. Superb shot. Tfs.
dkmurphys (50022) 2013-11-12 3:39
Funny scene, a combination between different times. I like the admiration attitude of the nowadays tourist near the impressive old sculptures. Well taken, have a fine day.
mirosu (14512) 2013-11-12 4:00
Excellent architectural close-up photo with very well balanced colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The view up is excellent and the man adds a bit life to the scene. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done my friend.
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eldancer1 (28513) 2013-11-12 7:44
I've read a lot about the famous Wat. Nicely captured with good lighting and nice details even after cropping. I don't approve of the person sitting on the window but it provided scale. Well done, tfs.
rychem (23994) 2013-11-12 8:54
This is just a small part of the monument, but it is well-chosen and shows the details of decoration,the tourist is very well placed in the photo, well done
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-11-12 9:12
Beautifully observed, framed and captured. The curious visitor contrasting with the almost mono tones of the stonework adds even more impact and his glance look is a bonus pulling all attention to detail of the ancient architecture. The clarity and tonal contrast add to the quality of this shot and loads to look at with timeless feel. Great works, Congrats
Romano46 (18466) 2013-11-12 10:31
io sono del parere che la fotografia, anche se non è perfetta dal punto di vista tecnico, debba essere presa in considerazione in ogni caso per quello che essa riesce a trasmettere.
Capita spesso di dover fare dei ritagli di foto più ampie perchè ci sono situazioni da fotografare perchè meritevoli e non sempre si ha l'ottica adatta per farlo.
Nel caso in particolare della tua foto, è piacevole sia la situazione in sè con il turista molto curioso, sia la sua contrapposizione tra la sua figura e l'ambiente circostante quasi monocromatico.
Oltretutto, nonostante il crop la nitidezza mi sembra sufficiente, tenuto anche conto che l'hai fatta nel 2007 ed allora il digitale non aveva le stesse potenzialità di oggi.
In ogni caso bella ed originale la composizione.
Ciao e buona serata
Silvio1953 (123561) 2013-11-12 11:02
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with climbing tourist, fine details, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
pajaran (52602) 2013-11-12 11:19
Lep pogled na fasadu i turistu na prozoru ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazani detalji na fasadi.
Turista uziva u lepoj arhitekturi.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Nice view of the facade and tourists in the window ...
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice details shown on the facade.
Tourists enjoy the beautiful architecture.
Good evening and all the best.
nikkitta (14858) 2013-11-13 15:03
Not matter it s cropped, gert,what is original is the capture where the man is obviously enjoying solitude after arrivig so hight
I remember arriving with 4 friends, only one said, my dream , will go up, and she did, while the rest have a rest and enjoy, wyith lot of people, the espectacle of the climbing
Good mix of people and architecture
imageme (1767) 2013-11-13 19:34
Hi Gert, A very special angle with a man sitting on the window looking on the side. The erosion of the structures indicate the time and the designs on the walls tell how great is the architecture. Excellent nights and sharpness like usual. Thank for sharing
williewhistler (14611) 2013-11-14 4:25
Hello Gert,without doubt there are a great many photographs on TE that are over processed,however I would not include this among them,there are no nasty halos or artefacts to spoil a thoughtfully composed and well presented photograph.
The tourist,whilst an intrusion does add a little something to the image,fortunately his dress almost matches the surroundings and he does give a fine sense of scale.
The details are delightful,a treat to view.
For an unknown reason I am unable to use the Useful button.
Kind regards Les.
Royaldevon (30225) 2013-11-14 12:10
He was determined to get a close-up of the ancient temple. I can understand why, after travelling so far, he might have been driven to get as much detail as possible but, it was a hair-raising climb!
You have taken a nicely inclined view, the figure well placed and his gaze directing other viewers across the frame. You have some lovely details of the carvings and the huge stone parapets.
The whole appears to have a lot of damage. Is that just general decay, from wars, or bird damage?
My warm regards,
tatadalou (6341) 2013-11-14 14:11
Beautiful framing. The slight tilt and the light underline the details of the architecture of the temple. This tourist has right to find a great place to admire the sculptures from a close point of view.
kato (11630) 2013-11-15 10:21
You're capturing well this architecture by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see one essence of Angkor Wat. It's also interesting for the portrait statue minced by the stone wall and the decoration of long stone's bar set on the window. It's so tasteful for color variation of facade. It looks like the place which is worth visiting and seeing. And, the tourist sitting on window's base draws out a good impact in this place.
mesutilgim (85420) 2013-11-16 10:18
Hello dear Gert,
A good lecture for a perfeft pov ! Very nice capture with nice sidelight which allows us to see the nice details of stone carvings.
TFS and have a nice weekend
tyro (20696) 2013-11-16 11:40
Having looked at this picture and your much earlier posting from six years ago which shows the steep stairway up to here, I'm with you on this one - I wouldn't have ventured up there as I also seem to suffer quite badly with vertigo. In my case it has certainly become worse with advancing years and curiously it doesn't really seem to affect me standing on high mountains but I loathe climbing ladders or very high towers. Perhaps it is more a feeling of exposure that puts me off such heights.
Anyway, Gert, this is an excellent photograph, made all the better (like all of your pictures) by the inclusion of the tourist here who looks just so very relaxed while perched precariously out of this high window. I certainly don't have any issues with the sharpness of this shot despite its having been cropped - even in the larger version on "beta" TE, it's amazingly crisp. Perfect exposure and lovely light and colours too.
Vasa (16778) 2013-11-16 16:36
The sharpness is secondary question. I like that meeting of the tourist on the window with so nice carving. Your picture is a big inspiration to follow your feet, Gert. Two points for your generosity.
anel (563) 2013-11-20 4:59
A very funny picture, I just wonder if this would be possible still today. A very interesting document too.
adores (37563) 2013-11-23 9:26
It must not be very easy to climb that stairway, that's why some people stay down, watching:)! I've never been there but it must be a really amazing place, the details are wonderful and your shot is very good and different, with the tourist sitting at the top, admiring the temple! A little dangerous for him, I believe, but maybe he finds it worth the risk!
And thanks for the message, Gert! I'm very happy for the team but in fact, it's hard to find someone who cares less for football matches. Generally, when there's an important one on TV, I go to the supermarket because I usually have it all for myself:)!
Fis2 (86283) 2013-11-27 9:33
A very interesting wall and curious window.
I like details.
Good frame and sharpness.
Man add savor of photo.
mcmtanyel (14123) 2013-12-01 20:31
I like the close up with a chance to see the decorations in detail and the sharpness is just fine. I probably would have climbed the stairs but would not have dared sit on the windowsill.
Miguel82 (24223) 2013-12-23 16:27
A lonely sitting inside of Angkor temple Gert, he is watching carefully the statues carved, beautiful old stones, excellent resolution and light, good evening