The Three Pagodas, though not as famous as those on the Three Pagodas Pass between Thailand and Myanmar, are among the oldest still-existing architectural structures in all of Southwestern China. The tallest of the three was built in the 9th century and reaches a height of some 70 meters. The two smaller pagodas are about 42 meters high. A temple behind the pagodas is a fine example of traditional Yunnanese architecture.
This is taken from an ornamental pool between Dali City and the 3 pagodas. It's a wonder the towers have not been replaced with a concrete and blue tile imitation with a revolving karaoke bar on top. I could not find the name or the function of the red pavillion.
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ancevski (3358) 2005-12-12 19:51
Waow. Nice photo. I like the warm, live colors and the reflextion in the water.
Exellent job. Regards, Dragan.
keithor (63) 2005-12-12 20:19
Congratulations! Great colours and what a tranquil composition.
kclai (2267) 2005-12-12 20:22
Spectacular landscape and brilliant atmsophere.
A little dark in tone, but the subjects are all beautifully arranged and displayed with cool reflection.
Cool job, Tan.
nelly (360) 2005-12-12 20:45
Spectacular and very colorful scenery!
The subject is greatly chosen and you were
lucky to have a really amazing sky.
rakeshgupta (2672) 2005-12-12 21:04
Nice photo and good colours. I like the contrast settings and enhanced colors throughout the image. Clouds and their reflection in water is also looking great.
jpages (1670) 2005-12-12 21:24
here you managed it very well to capture a very clear colours with a very good light, that helps to create this beautiful reflection, and all that, with a great sharpness. The blue sky with the down heavy cloud, adds more natural elements at the view, helping to increase the beauty of this natural place were are these Pagodas are located.
Again, a very good composition usin architecture, that thanks to the reflection and the yellow and red colors, it impresses a lot in our eyes!
Cormac (26563) 2005-12-12 21:59
Stunning! This is so sharp, and the colours are so vivid that it really grabs my attention. The reflections are wonderful also, giving this a well balanced look. Great work Tan!
singuanti (15250) 2005-12-12 22:28
Hi Tan. I hope you're kidding about the last part of your note. I like the way you cropped this. Again you've got the super saturation that we all love here again. Wonderful shot Tan!
huynt (5079) 2005-12-13 1:01
It is impressive. Wonderul reflection. I learned too much. Well done. Thanks
Kirych (2703) 2005-12-13 1:17
Wonderful shot! Bright colors, sunlight and atmosphere transfer joyful mood. Beautiful reflection in water and DOF.
greg64g (11193) 2005-12-13 1:42
what a wonderful pov. What a great weather, you are the specialist of clouds, there are following you during our trips ;-)
Great one as usual.
jjcordier (77356) 2005-12-13 1:50
Congratulations! Great colours and good composition.
J'aime beaucoup la lumière et les couleurs même si je trouve le contraste et l'accentuation un peu trop forts.
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-12-13 2:28
Hi Tan, great atmospheric picture. The colours are great. I like your POV. Nino
PixelTerror (0) 2005-12-13 4:46
Well another corner and another nice view, under great light that produced great colors, the red and gold really flash, I like the serene chinese atmosphere brought by the foreground water and the lovely reflection. It looks like you made good use of a limited weather clearing.
Have a nice day,
Galmeida (12559) 2005-12-13 4:53
Excelent composition in a very beautiful place with this eastern atmosphere and nice surroundings. Good angle of view allowing the water superb mirroring reflections of the Pavillion and the tree Pagodas. Great blue sky, nice clouds and a lovely natural atmosphere. Excelent colos, contrast, enquadrement for composition and splendid sharpness.
Very very good work, so well seen and composed. Congratulations and best to you.
lukie (0) 2005-12-13 6:39
very nice composition, beautiful colours and a mirror-effect. Splendid picture.
Paolo (41222) 2005-12-13 7:29
Hi Tan, good shot, very Chinese with that architectures.
good POV and composition, wonderful colours and reflection.
in my opinion is better thaat one than the 3 Pagodas!
sergecross (3438) 2005-12-13 8:23
Tan, i like the panaram. Also the simetry of the reflections on the water were very nice.
xlgo (562) 2005-12-13 10:19
I love this photo - such vibrant colours.Beautiful sky which is reflected in the water together with the reflections of the pagodas -slight ripples also add to the scene.Great sharpness and depth throughout.
banyanman (7789) 2005-12-13 10:51
Hi Tan. This is very well composed and a good choice to crop to a square format to include all of the reflections as well as the blue sky - something that you don't see too often in China these days! Great contrast and shaprness and well saturated colours as usual. Cheers . . . David
Gerrit (49590) 2005-12-13 11:51
Great definition and colors.
Very calm before the storm.
Thanks and regards, gerrit
Ann75 (0) 2005-12-13 13:49
What a beautiful photo! It actually reminds me of some Classical Chinese Gardens that were build in Vancouver (the first one to build outside of China). Anyway, this picture is stunning...the colors are amazing, the dramatic sky is great and the reflection in the water is wonderful!
Great composition and well captured. I love it!
gary91 (15348) 2005-12-13 16:25
Stuning buildings. Great reflections. Colors, sharpness and contrast are exceptionals. This dramatic sky and black clouds really give a terrific atmosphere.
anesugur (18789) 2005-12-13 17:14
Yine çok net ve yüksek kalitede bir çalışma.
Tue (27696) 2005-12-13 17:19
A really nice shot of the pagodas and the pavillion. I like the colours as well as their reflections very much, The clouds are nice too, very well done and thanks for sharing!
bpelvan (3798) 2005-12-13 18:18
Unbelievably perfect composition of this architecture wonders. Beautiful reflection. Very sharp and deep image.
Well done and thanks for note and sharing...
jjbach (9324) 2005-12-13 18:45
Very impressive shot with glorious reflections and really fantastic saturated colours. Very well done!
richtersl (3546) 2005-12-13 18:48
WOW! Fantastic sky and reflections and a great note to match.
ahmetgedikli (25482) 2005-12-13 18:56
Nefis bir kompozisyon, harika renkler ve güzel yansıma. Elinize sağlık, selamlar
toni_al (15875) 2005-12-13 18:57
Joli jeux de lumière et couleurs, j'aime le recadrage en format carré
maphoto (8082) 2005-12-13 22:11
Beautiful reflection and very nice place Tan, well composed with the pavillon on the left and the three tower towards the right, wonderful sky above, well seen.
hyasar (7769) 2005-12-14 2:40
tablo gibi bir fotograf. Yansima, gokyuzunun mavisi ve bulutlarin yogunlugu harika olmus.
deud (1920) 2005-12-14 6:48
brilliant. superbe image full of traditional chinese nature and architecture. impecable reflections, colors, dof. amazing. tfs
PJE (20758) 2005-12-14 16:44
Tan what a capture! A gorgous place indeed. Thanks for sharing such wonderful details, lovley tones and design!
john_c (24662) 2005-12-15 11:16
A very fine composition, with great tones of colour and contrast. I like this large format to allow full appreciation of all the great reflections and glory of the pagodas. There is a feeling of immutability here and timelessness. The shot mesmerizes the senses and makes one appreciate the joy of living and especially travelling. An uplifting shot, Tan. Inspiring.
cherryripe (21033) 2005-12-15 15:52
What lovely rich colours that show up well in the reflection too. The light is very pretty which give lots of contrast. Stunning place.
cam (9041) 2005-12-15 22:41
Your picture has everything to please my eyes and it is making me wanting to go there.
It seems so peaceful here with this composition ,with those spires going up here and there under a cooperative sky.
rosaline (0) 2005-12-16 4:52
Nice composition this. Great refelctions and fantastic contrast and colours. The reflections add great depth and the symmetry works. Good summery picture.
partha (14020) 2005-12-18 12:02
jbweasle (9373) 2005-12-19 5:14
Hello Tan, I liked Dali as a great place to chill out for a couple of days. You have a good picture here of these pagodas, their cream colour stands out well against the dark sky. I also like the bold colours of the pavillion and of course the reflections.
keribar (43841) 2005-12-23 0:39
You have a style to het extraordinary places with beautiful background and luminous colors. This is absolutely great, and makes me think to include Yunnan in our next China trip. Many thanks for the inspirationç Izzet
arnie (1803) 2006-01-09 20:55
Well captured, the light and colours are truly amazing.
krakowiak (4762) 2006-01-19 16:24
Very good, colorful composition + extra note!
nerve (10231) 2006-01-20 1:35
Gerçek bir kartpostal bu.. Renkler, kompozisyon, simetri herşey mükemmel..
ewasting (762) 2006-02-23 15:33
Your portfolio is by all means brilliant:)!Extremely good quality of the photographs. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting notes- do You write guidebooks?
ebruardil (461) 2006-03-11 7:32
Nice composition, congratulations
melody_garden (170) 2006-03-26 16:28
It's a pleasure to see your work. It's such an amazing shot! Especially like the colour and the blowing clouds. The three pagodas are impressive. But maybe due to the perspective, the left one is slightly askew. A bit pity for the obvious photoshop trace. It's still a very detailed one and I found the reflection in the very left bottom goes nice.
TFS and Regards,
hamurkaroglu (1554) 2006-03-29 15:45
Her şeyi ile şahane bir fotograf. Sizi kutluyorum.
carper (96) 2006-04-13 5:20
wauw I saw that I had mis this one Tan,
what a marvelous shot, great is the reflection, the details and the good point ofg view and what to say of the fantastic clouds, well I like this one a lot, congratiolation.
gr. jaap. the green one later
bend1k (934) 2006-05-05 19:41
Hi Tan, it is so full of colors. the clouds and the reflection are very nice. do you still get to work with all your travelling ?? :)
peter1892 (1681) 2006-08-15 17:35
I don't remember seeing this one before, but I see it now :)
The reflections & colours are great, the viewpoint across the lake towards the Pagodas is good & it's set up well with that pavillion on the left side (which in turn adds in more colour with it's red & gold decor).
Angshu (56180) 2006-12-06 4:49
An old post of yours...Very nice composition. Lovely reflections and fantastic contrast and colours. Beautiful symmetry too. Simply wonderful
plimrn (21344) 2007-02-01 14:28
i always try for the latest photos, unless I'm looking for places I plan to visit, but when this one popped up in random, I could not resist its stunning perfection!! The 3 favorites are well deserved with the wonderful sweep of clouds, the three towers and the upbeat roof all captured with perfect light and detail. Then the beauty is repeated in the water. Just wonderful!!
Sorry I'm slow to respond, I'm trying to get ready for another trip. HLJ, Pat
Aethis (11) 2007-02-09 2:44
Very nice composition and colors. I'm amazed to see such colors and sky without a pol-filter !!
Standa (1877) 2007-02-09 2:49
really well-balanced arrangement and excellent sharpness of front and background.
biswarup (716) 2007-02-09 2:51
Very colorful scenery and reflection.
presidente (1122) 2007-03-18 8:06
Great picture! Warm colors, good composition and perfect reflection in the water. Well done, regards, Andrea
umutlu101 (13545) 2007-10-27 1:34
tres belle photo!
pally3100 (3413) 2007-10-27 2:08
je viens de regarder ton album trés bien fourni en images de qualités celle ci arrete mon regard
pour son originalité et sa composition bien agencée.A bientot Henri Belgique francophone Liège
tehanu_f (6896) 2007-12-28 11:11
Bu dehset fotografi tesadufen ilk sayfada gordum. Mukemmel birsey cekmissin, soyleyecek baska birsey yok gercekten. Tebrikler.
lilito (3472) 2011-03-23 2:46
Superbe composition, bravo!
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-11-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Minolta 404si, 28-80mm, Fuji Superia Reala
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Gul791's Favourit [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-12 19:32
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