Kaza is situated on the left bank of River Spiti, it is presently the headquarters of Spiti sub-division, perched at an elevation of 3,740 meters (12,300 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the valley and as is typical of the valley - its largely Tibetan. The town is overlooked by steep ridges that are permanently covered with snow on their top.
The Sakya Tenggyu Monastery of Kaza is new - inagurated by the Dalai Lama in July 2009 – compare it with the ancient monasteries of Dhankhar & Kye that are on either side of this small town. (Kye is about 11Km upstream, while Dhankhar is around 15 Km the other way). The newer building which greets visitors today stands where the former monastery, known as Tenggyud Lhundrup Choekhor Ling, existed for 35 years.
Kaza Gompa (Monastery) is one of the two Sa-kya-pa Buddhist sect monasteries in Spiti. In fact its a part of the other monastery located at Komik.
The Monastery is quite close to the Spiti River & one evening as I was walking back from the river bank along the avenue lined with yellow leaved Deodars, the monastery with its phantasmagoria of colours & crisp Buddhist architecture together with the sun drenched yellow deodars created an amazing luminescence against the backdrop of the arid brown treeless Spiti mountains.
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ManuMay (34357) 2011-10-28 2:12
Very beautiful evening light, perfect exposure and sharpness, vibrant colours contrasting really well to the shady mountain, a light management very well managed here...superb work!
Have a nice day...
npecanhuk (59032) 2011-10-28 2:19
What a lovely place!
What a beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, vertical format, black & whtie borders and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
dale54 (5931) 2011-10-28 2:51
hi angshuman!nice attractive shot,good play with the light!wonderfull view! tfs! have a great weekend!! dr
maloutim (9621) 2011-10-28 3:51
Good morning Angshu,
Great management of light and shade. I like the contrast between the sunlit spring trees and the big blue cliff situated in the shade.
Good composition with the tree-bordered lane leading the eye to the monastery .
Thanks for sharing.
ChrisJ (93442) 2011-10-28 5:17
Don't know if I'd be able to breathe at such a high altitude, although I have been to 10,000 feet above sea level in China, & survived, by just taking it easy. Good sharpness & a marvellous blue sky. Excellent linear perspective with the road. Tfs
holmertz (34669) 2011-10-28 7:23
This is a very nice composition according to the "rule of thirds". The dark mountainside towers dramatically over the monastery. The trees line the road nicely and give depth to the composition. The colours are well saturated and the contrasts are very attractive.
stevesaba (8023) 2011-10-28 7:59
This is such a beautiful photo, with the gorgeous light spilling into what looks like a canyon town! The yellow leaves catching this light is wonderful, and the architecture is fascinating. Very well done! A very magnetic photo! Warm regards,
jemaflor (77482) 2011-10-28 8:47
Interesting and beautiful view with this mountains in the bg, lovely light and great contrast with the dark bg, good vertical format for this landscape.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-10-28 10:50
Ola Angshuman ,
Linda esta avenida a levar o nosso olhar para o templo de fundo , interessante como o construíram neste vale , gostei muito dos detalhes de arquitectura , boa luz e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
bukitgolfb301 (33734) 2011-10-28 14:02
Hi NAMASTE my dear Angshuman
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy weekday.
But I still enjoy your finest gallery very much.
Your new posting this time is very attractive and impressive again. Delicate and clear color descrition is very well presented in the detail via your appropiate exposure and shutter speed. Well considered vertical framework and great composition are as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday, Best regrads.
Takero from a little cold Tokyo
papagolf21 (81666) 2011-10-28 14:51
Bonsoir, cher ami Angshu,
Toujours de très belles images qui ravissent le regard.
J'aime profiter de ce merveilleux voyage.
Bel effet de perspective de ce lieu étonnant.
jhm (131862) 2011-10-29 1:33
You play wonderful with light and shadows , your create excellent depth and perspective.
Your picture is very well taken.
A very well picture through the fantastic exposure.
Perfect composition, nice color.
Sharpness and presentation are amazing.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-29 7:15
Hi Angshu da,
Good piece of photography..very well vertical frame.
You have done the perfect light management and also its sharpness is quite well ( again..is it bit high ?? IMO )
Very well done..Arijit.
PS: Chobi dilam dekho..aro debo..but tomar moto prochur chobi tola hoini..tai r ki..NExt spiti r por kothay jachho??
Nicou (111365) 2011-10-29 8:43
fantastique compo et iamge quelle altitude c'est impresionannant, super compo et cpate quel rnedu sur la roche et ce contraste ave la rue et son éclairgage, fantastique image et ocmpo superbe.
Bravo et amitié
emka (68666) 2011-10-29 23:23
Nice photo from this fantastic area of Spiti. Amazing view of the monastery below this impressive rock. Nice trees in spring. Beautiful light, lovely place.
Fis2 (79806) 2011-10-30 8:50
Good vertical frame.
I like colors and light.
Have a nice week.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-30 13:56
Hello dear Angshuman-san,
The overall tone of the colours is so amazingly warm. I especially like the sunlight reflected on the trees creating a 3D effect in your image. It works particularly well against the cold blue tone of the rocky mountain in the ultimate background. With the path, our eyes naturally travel to our destination, the monastery. We tend to see this image in terms of left side and right side. But the wall-like presence of the mountain in the BG is so powerful and is acting like a final organizing device. The vertical format is another element which serves a very effective means to organize the entire composition. I love the image.
With my very best wishes,
Have a great day, Angshuman-san
Graal (94186) 2011-10-31 0:09
nice view through the road to monastery. Fine light and colours. Well vertical composition. Good note also.
Have a nice day.
danos (80967) 2011-10-31 0:29
nice the view of the narrow Avenue leading on the Monastery,that is found at the roots of the Mt.I like the falling light on the foreground, as contrast with the shadow areas on the backdrop.
pajaran (45531) 2011-10-31 7:52
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i manastiru ...
Lep pogled pored reda drveca na manastir i planinu, lepa fotografija.
Dobar snimak sa senkama i svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu mesta, dobra perspektiva i prikaz lepim bojama.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article on the place and monastery ...
Very nice view on the next row of trees and mountain monastery, beautiful images.
Good shot with shadows and light that highlighted the beauty of the place, good perspective and nice color display.
All the best in the new week, which has begun.
vasilpro (40687) 2011-10-31 10:39
Wonderful composition, beautiful monastery with interesting architecture, lovely warm light and vivid colors, excellent POV, very good clarity and sharpness, TFS!
fabianoleite (9268) 2011-10-31 13:45
Great perspective of hte street with the high mountains towering us. The style of the rooftops is great, too. Congratulations!
siolaw (37644) 2011-10-31 23:55
The luminosity of the trees and monastery of the lower half of the picture contrasts well with the rocks without direct sunlight of the BG. Vertical framing fits the scenery well.
PS.. Yes in Cambodia, waiting for the Bangkok floods to recede, so I can return!
pierrefonds (53320) 2011-11-01 19:01
The street is sending my eyes toward the temple then toward the mountain which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the mountain. The early evening light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
subhendu_bagchi (24405) 2011-11-01 21:56
really an excellent one. Like the light on the trees and on the monastery. It is really superb. The rocky face of the mountain in background is nice. Great composition in vertical. Tfs.
mkamionka (28422) 2011-11-02 15:33
very challenging light but you have turned it to your advantage. Spectacular final effect. I like how well lit foreground is set against the covered in the shade background.
pablominto (53744) 2011-11-03 0:20
The clarity of the air seems to do something for the light and the colours!
A very crisp feeling here, in a fine play with some shady parts...
A pleasant composition, with a fine sense of depth!
marcan44 (6223) 2011-11-04 12:09
Shooting a super-light full of lights and colors.
I like the raking light that strikes trees and houses and the opportunity to read the details even in shadows.
Have a nice w.e.
Kielia (22293) 2011-11-06 8:28
another excellently working POV on this fascinating place. Very interesting perspective. The bright colors make the image very attractive and the light is really wonderful. My compliments!
josepmarin (57267) 2011-11-09 1:00
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a really attractive avenue, which you offer us in a nice perspective, under a fantastic light and with a few very aesthetic shades.
I like the beauty of the mountains and of the traditional architecture of the Monastery in background, and its contrast with the houses of the village.
A beautiful work.
annjackman (16859) 2011-11-16 0:27
The light perfectly highlights the avenue and monastery. I like the warm glow on part of the mountain, and the blue sky. This is an interesting subject that has been very well taken.
Best wishes, Ann
isabela_sor (47469) 2011-12-03 23:36
Looks like the monastery was made by gold
This image has many levels and combined the result is a fascinating image
all the best and my admiration
cavli (1874) 2012-01-11 23:43
excelent color and light. very good pov and dof. a nice looking to this narrow way. tfs
fanni (14250) 2012-07-06 10:43
I like the contrast light and vertical framing. The place is very beautiful, especially that the mountains in the background look so cold and massive! I wish I could see this with my own eyes..
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (53982)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-30
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/13 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-28 1:55