Angkor Wat had left me overawed & I’m sure the same goes for all visiting this mighty edifice of mankind. I still remember how I froze at the first glimpse of Angkor. I had read and visualised about this famous landmark, an icon of human achievement for years & there I was, standing in front and I pinched myself. Yes, I was really there!
The awe at the grandeur is reflected in the photographs one takes in this place, which often turn out to be classical and often clichéd, good as personal memories. But for posting a shot in TE...well till now I didn’t post one. Reason...the number of fabulous shots already posted here. The other day when I was showing my shots (more than a hundred of them) of Angkor to my friend, & he seemed to take a liking to this one...he knows that I post shots in TE & he insisted that I should post this one even though it’s clichéd.
It was about 9 in the morning of the 3rd day of 2006, but there were a blanket like grey cloud cover over the grand monument. This POV is from the left side with the pond of lilies. On the right the causeway leads up to the temple. Of course the prime attraction to me was the dramatic clouds and the dark effect overall. The sun rises from behind Angkor & hence the darkish silhouette-ish effect on the temple. Surprisingly despite the dark clouds, it didn’t rain (I heard later that it had rained earlier in the morning) & after I came out of Angkor about 3 hours later, the sky was largely blue. More photographs..with the blue sky backdrop…but somehow this one appeals to me more.
Angkor Wat, originally named Vrah Vishnulok - the sacred abode of Lord Vishnu, is the largest temple in the world. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit word 'nagara' meaning 'holy city'. Vatika is Sanskrit word for temple. "The city which is a temple," Angkor Wat is a majestic monument, the world's largest religious construction in stone, and an architectural masterpiece.
Clichéd view...maybe, but then it’s a shot I love & hence my decision to post..no PP except sharpening.
This one’s for Vincent and Sabyasachi who visited this place in August & October respectively this year.
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fabio_ts (13696) 2006-10-23 3:07
Another nice image Angshu, I like how it seems splitted in 3 different levels, well done, compliments!!
pablominto (53744) 2006-10-23 3:13
I wonder how many million pictures are taken with this skyline...!
Your is a bit different, mostly because of the fine composition with the inclusion of the colourful flowers in front...
The red spots have a wonderful effect with the grayish main subject, well done!
vincz (19113) 2006-10-23 3:26
Thanks Angshu! A very great gift. This picture with the dark grey clouds, the pink water lilies, and the very vibrant greens of the vegetation is a true pleasure. I did not post myself any picture of Angkor Wat from this front POV because I felt one has to bring something really new and special for such a commonly done picture and I did not think any of my picture was bringing such novelty. In here, you have this something that is really unique, never seen before, a true symphony in greys, greens and pinks.
ChrisJ (101782) 2006-10-23 3:37
I like the repetition of the pink water lilies & graphism of the imposing Angkorian towers against the grey sky. Tfs!
crettaz (2767) 2006-10-23 3:37
Belle photo très nette et avec de splendides couleurs. La composition est excellente !
scalerman (26900) 2006-10-23 4:08
Angshuman: of all the Angkor shots, some come across cliched, others novel. This is a great take with the Buddhist themes of Lotuses. a fine canvas.
archayati (0) 2006-10-23 4:45
Very nice shot.Sharpness, composition, details, colours are Wonderful.TFS.
Serendipity (1045) 2006-10-23 6:32
Très beau cliché, qui change de ce que l'on a l'habitude de voir. J'aime beaucoup cet ensemble de nénuphars sous ce ciel un peu inquiétant, et c'est bien d'avoir décentré le temple.
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-10-23 7:53
Thanks for posting this mighty Angkor image. The dark clouds and pink lilies highlight the scene. Your Note composition is is quite informative. Best regards. Danilo
pierrefonds (58738) 2006-10-23 7:58
A good POV of Angkor Wat with the pink water lilies in the foreground, the photo is sharp and clear. It has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
clic (15582) 2006-10-23 8:06
Sorry for the delay to answer your visit.
This is a spectacular view of Angkor!
Grey and pink match so well together and dark clouds look quite dramatic over this historic place.
A well chosen point of view for unusual effect.
feather (51130) 2006-10-23 10:34
Who cares if it's cliched; it's a beautiful photo. What luck to be there when the water lilies were flowering. You're right about the cloudy sky; it lends something else to the composition almost as successfully than the water lilies.
I know exactly what you mean about that feeling you get at certain places. The first time I felt it was at Machu Picchu and again to a lesser extent here too. We measure all such moments now by Machu Picchu and call them "Machu Picchu Moments"
arjun_das (1851) 2006-10-23 11:56
excellent pov of this wonderful place. very contrasting and colourful indeed. clouds are really very dramatic. tfs.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-10-23 12:03
what a beautiful and impressive view.
I love the cloudy sky.
josepmarin (57837) 2006-10-23 12:07
Such a gray sky is impressive, and your composition emphasizes it on having given a great contrast with the old stones of the temple, with such a green vegetation and with the pink flowers in the water.
The light and the colors are amazing, and give you a great result, it is a very original and nice photo.
Regards, my friend,
leo61 (0) 2006-10-23 12:09
I had a sky like this there last year,but did not manage such a good shot.The pink blossoms are a wonderful foreground for this famous temple and the bright green of the grass and palmtrees contrast verry well with the architecture and grey sky.A verry impressive view and a good shot.
plimrn (21344) 2006-10-23 12:34
Since you called it cliched, I looked at several pages of othe photos of this beautiful temple on TE; none have the excellent detail in in both the lillies AND the temple that you have captured. I'm glad you posted it!!
drm (486) 2006-10-23 12:45
Wow, look at all those lilies! When I was there there were only 2 or 3! Great shot, enhanced by the dramatic sky. Maybe a little too sharp for my taste...
And, ok, let me be a real b*****d: I would have put some breathing space to the left of the first tower, which seems to squeeze in the frame like sometimes people do in group shots.
pastadog (13111) 2006-10-23 13:57
hi angshu, man, how come you kept this little treasure for yourself since january!? it's great you finally share it, thanks!
TeresaT (10806) 2006-10-23 15:01
What a wonderful composition.
I really like these pink flowers on the water.
It might be a cliché view but it is technically perfect.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-10-23 15:18
Wow, excellent composition with these lilies. Impressing place and good contrast with the grey sky.
atus (15838) 2006-10-23 17:14
very nice shot here of this well known temple. The pov is excellent and the perspective is great with all these pink lilies in the fg. Very good depth, sharpness and fantastic grey sky. Well done!
Tfs and best wishes.
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-10-23 17:34
Really beautifull pinks lilies in your shot. I believe their color is enhanced by the dark grey sky and pond, but also by the more vivid green of the grass. The temple in the backgroud is also very sharp. I would just suggest less sky in the composition.
All the best,
albertopiubello (2623) 2006-10-24 4:17
a fantastic shot in three levels. I saw many photos of Angkor Wat with cloudy weather but this is the first with this lovely particular of colorful flowers.
Very good sharpness and light.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-10-24 5:55
Another excellent photo of magic Angkor!!
Great graphical pattern, fantastic POV and atmosphere.
I love the tonality and colouring.
Ps. Have U received my e-mail?
I hope I wasn't too straightforward??
prumod (8300) 2006-10-24 6:09
very nice one... real beauty you captured!
prezntime (3946) 2006-10-24 22:24
I see nothing cliche about this photo...of course, I really don't believe in cliches...if it is good then it is good. I am a big fan of a darker atmosphere, the greys can be so beautiful in a photo. Here the greys really enhance, obviously, the sky and the greys are a wonderful backdrop for the contrast the pink flowers have. The shots also does a great job of showing the grandness of this temple. Good saturation of colors and very fine photograph indeed.
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2006-10-24 23:21
I guess not a single frame from Angkor can be considered a cliché, it has such a wide variety to offer. It was one of your images which inspired me to change my travel plan and go to Cambodia and NOW I know what I would have missed. October is considered to be the rainy season but I was greeted with clear blue skies throughout my stay. Your picture instead looks perfect for the rainy season. The pink water lilies complements the grey, rather dramatic looking sky.
Graal (99124) 2006-10-25 2:38
great view and superb composition with the nenufars on the foreground. I like the colours also. Beautiful a place and POV. Well done photo.
berek (41101) 2006-10-25 2:42
this one is great . very good point of view for this beautiful place. I like clouds very much. have a nice day.
my overall evaluation -> ****
kermit350 (9016) 2006-10-25 5:40
Hello Angshu, In spite of a sky covered your photograph reflects L well has size of the places, with these pretty flowers which forms a majestic carpet and some trees to strew which seems prostrate in front of this prestigious building, sincerely ..............................Hello Angshu, Malgré un ciel couvert ta photo reflète bien l a grandeur des lieux, avec ces jolies fleurs qui forme un tapis majestueux et quelques arbres parsemer qui semble prosterné devant ce bâtiment prestigieux, bien amicalement
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-10-25 18:03
nice shot, I like the dark clouds here, very good positioning of the camera, nice one
Budapestman (82620) 2006-10-26 18:40
This is a fabled and fascinating architecture photo! What a beautiful spectacle and picturesque mood! Its an expressive POV and superb composition. Very fine details and colours. Splendid shot, indeed!
Thank you, nice days
zeca (19762) 2006-10-27 1:17
Wow Angshuman! What a nice and rich picture! The flowers on foreground are wonderful. The architecture on main subject are wonderful. And the sky over all is wonderful!
sayan (2617) 2006-10-27 1:22
Really nice POV Angshuman da. It is great to see the historic place through your lens and the particular angle at which you took it is splendid. Great post.
anavazao (5592) 2006-10-27 18:44
Hi friend ..
his one is really beautiful scene! The flower are amaizing! Well presented, & focused.
The colours are also well balanced.
Great perspective! Take care Ana:)
Stepan (27210) 2006-10-29 3:29
All is in the title !! I must say I enjoy the pink Lillies. A beautiful view, original thanks to the weather. Well done.
andreng (265) 2006-10-29 4:06
You came at a right time with the water lilies boomming coupled with the dark skies. Most people would want sunlight but you have managed to make the best of the lighting and colors that are there. I like the contrasts from the dark skies to the colors of the lilies. Although the lilies complements the shot I would have wished that there were perhaps not so many of them, then you would have the reflection of Angkor Wat at the lily pond. I was also in Amkor a couple of years back but my shots are not digitized yet. Will need to get down to it soon. TFS Andre
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-11-07 13:10
Nice picture from Angkor; The flowers in front are interesting. The cloudy sky also.
tcht (7565) 2006-11-09 17:03
I just love the dramatic contrast you've with the pink and the atmospheric sky. And its not cliched at all, esp with that kinda contrasts and lighting. TFS this alternative view :)
capthaddock (28790) 2006-11-10 18:46
Hi Angshu - a cliche but still beautiful, the dark sky is fabulous, I only wish ther was a bit of sunlight to bring colour to the ruins.
Photo65Net (43120) 2006-11-21 12:51
A nice compo with these natural flowers in the foreground and the human buildongs in the background.
zizzer77 (721) 2006-12-11 6:25
this composition is fantastic,
the little lake with pink flowers....
and the green color.....
banyanman (7789) 2007-01-09 23:07
Lovely light and definitely worth posting, Angshu - it is the contrast between the pink water lilies and the grey/green tones of the rest of the image that sets it off well. Personally I would have liked to have seen this composed with a little more of the lily pond and less of the sky, but maybe that wasn't possible from your POV. Cheers . . . David
Felip (3907) 2008-06-28 9:36
Who says that with a cloudy and greyish day is impossible taking good pictures?...Look at this one, is superb!, the contrast between the flowers in the lake and the heavy sky, is full of romanticism :P
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56406)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Theme(s): Cambodia - Angkor Wat - Reflection on water [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 3:03
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