Kaza, located at an altitude of 3740 Meters (12270 Ft) above sea level is a small town in the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is the headquarter of Spiti division of the larger Lahaul-Spiti district.
Kaza boasts quite a few unique features. It has the world's highest petrol pump (gas station), which is perhaps the remotest as well (the two nearest petrol pumps are more than 250 Km away), the world's highest car service station (of Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer & exporter) the world's highest inhabited villages and amazing high altitude views.
Kaza also boasts of a monastery. The Sakya Monastery at Kaza is new compared to the ancient monasteries of Dhankhar & Kye that surround the small town. (Kye is about 11Km upstream, while Dhankhar is around 14 Km the other way). The monastery was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in July 2009 & sits right on the main road. A row of chortens or stupas stand on the other side of the road & looked beautiful against the mountain slope illuminated by the setting sun & the clear blue sky
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dta (68846) 2012-10-25 1:23
Hello Angshuman ,
The perspective of the line of stupas is splendid . It is not so easy to manage the light when the main subject is in the shade . You have done it very well , and the contrast with the lit mountain is superb .
kordinator (19430) 2012-10-25 1:52
Very nice place at high altitude described in your text.
The composition is as always impressive, wonderful details always perfectly framed.
Images of high quality.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-10-25 2:47
Hello Angshu da,
excellent colour tones..good contrast..
lovely light management..
awesome perspective of stupas...
very impressive composition...great scene..
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-25 2:48
The Chortens in all its glorious and colourful brightness has been excellently captured. The rugged brown mountainous landscape on the left and the absolute blue sky serves as a wonderful backdrop to the line of chortens - with white, gold and orange.
But where did the (disturbing) electrical wires go ?
Have placed my take from almost the same place a little late in the evening(with the wires)in your ws.
Thanks for sharing.
danos (88303) 2012-10-25 3:12
brilliant the colours of the upper part of the scene with the row of stupas on the right add perspective in the image as lead-in the eye on the backdrop Mt.
I like the play of the light with the shadows as the excellent presentation of the place.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-25 3:58
love the light and shade in this beautifully crafted composition. No loss of detail in the darker areas and the clarity is wonderful. An attractive and tantalising image, well done!
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (62954) 2012-10-25 6:01
J'aime beaucoup cette composition, le beau jeu entre les ombres et la lumière et la beauté de l'endroit.J'aime beaucoup la diagonale dans l'image.
GREGG (7888) 2012-10-25 6:24
nice frame and interesting architecture
I think that these domes are white
too much blue dominant
holmertz (42815) 2012-10-25 11:00
The relatively dark foreground is beautifully balanced by the brightness of the golden brown hillside. The effect of the contrasts is stunning. The chortens are lined up very nicely on a diagonal which gives very good depth to the picture. But what happened to the wires after the first chorten? Did the really end behind it?
SnapRJW (31617) 2012-10-25 22:33
Hello Angshu - Your shot tells us a lot about the location. The harsh barren mountain against the clear blue sky makes a great colour contrast to the line of shaded chortens and I like the 'graphic' diagonal lines you have used to create a strong composition. Warm regards rosemary
TopGeo (38206) 2012-10-26 7:29
This is a really interesting architecture and notes.
Excellent details also exposure, horizontal format chosen pov are perfect light and POV. of the monastery and then to understand the size of the mountain behind with a perspective dynamic very impressive composition, great scene..
Perfectly, well done,
sayanwithsenice (758) 2012-10-26 13:17
contrast highlighted couldnt have been better displayed! love the framing for this shot... thanks!
jhm (141297) 2012-10-27 0:42
You chose a very well angle, with the six towers on one row.
A presentation with high quality and sharpness.
Composition and colors care for a attractive picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-10-27 3:33
Ola Angshuman ,
Beleza estas Stupas a 3740 metros de altitude , tem uns belos detalhes de arquitetura , belo céu azul , boa diagonal , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
lousat (79151) 2012-10-27 4:29
Spectacular long perspective and a magnificent capture of these different lights levels so well exposed,great contrast between the sunny mountain and the blue sky in background too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mohammad_H (9548) 2012-10-28 22:28
In the background of blue sky, the beauty of the monastery, the picture has an attractive appearance
Maps beautiful view, beautiful colors.
Good morning and have a nice day
Nicou (125180) 2012-10-28 23:40
Quelle compo e timage superbe ciel et tons fantastique vue et iamge superbe captate ces tour dorée une mervielle sueprbe iamge.
Braov et amitié
papagolf21 (87444) 2012-10-29 0:37
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Des photographies cousues à la main ! Des présentations toujours intéressantes et qui nous permettent de voyager avec beaucoup d'intérêt.
Très bonne journée.
Graal (98660) 2012-10-29 3:36
nice theme and view in perspective here. Beautiful blue sky. Good contrast. An interesting informations about this place. photo I like.
Have a nice day.
maria-v1981 (10816) 2012-10-29 4:48
This monuments has so many and intresting details. The chosen pov is excellent given perspective and depth. The light on the hill contrasts with the shadow places.
Have a nice evening,
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-29 5:00
Very nice composition and excellent colors.The background is so perfect and your framing is very nice and ideal for your shoot.
Fis2 (87403) 2012-10-29 9:54
A very curious place.
Excellent light and shadow.
Wonderful colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture.
Greetings from Poland
pajaran (53334) 2012-10-29 12:27
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled i trenutak sa svetlom na planini ...
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana arhitektura.
Lepi detalji na arhitekturi.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view and a moment with the light on the mountain ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, good architecture is shown.
Beautiful details on the architecture.
All the best.
josepmarin (57833) 2012-10-29 12:53
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
the sunset light illuminates the slope beautifully, and creates a nice contrast with the row of stupas, aligned perfectly, that we see at the right side of the frame.
The sky is very clean because of the great height of this place, and the image has a great sharpness and a few magnificent colors.
I like the effect of chiaroscuro that you have reached in your composition, which gives him a strong character and a great beauty.
A splendid work.
pierrefonds (58325) 2012-10-29 17:33
The distance between the chortens and the mountain is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the chortens. The aearly evening light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (44800) 2012-10-30 6:33
Fantastic shot of this monastery complex timely shot at golden hour with all the elements subtly blended. The view point is great and its dynamic orientation with the stupas nicely aligned and lead the eye through and beyond. Your timing is precise while maintaining good exposure throughout the frame, the warm glowing mountain slope shimmering through is such a great eye grabber and I am overwhelmed by those detailed highlights that you have capture admirably. The contrast to deep blue sky is so stunning, with lots of feeling about this shot. Very elegant shot and good infor note. Congrats.
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-10-30 14:45
Thanks to your notes we can understand the meaning of this place.
This is an impressive place that you captured and composed in an excellent way. You used the elements to create a magnificent perspective and a great effect. Excellent image once again.
Congratulations and TFS.
bukitgolfb301 (36718) 2012-10-30 17:42
Hi NAMASTE dear Angshuman
Another wonderful and fantastic North-Indian image.
So vivid color allocation and contarst of light and shadow are so attractive. Sharp and clear image as usual and best combination of each component. Thank you for your sharing with your best work and have a good day!
Takero from sunny and a little cold Tokyo
Waylim (25368) 2012-10-30 18:11
Excellent shot here. I'm impressed with how well you manage the light with most of your foreground being in the shadow and the mountain in the sun, yet both the shadow and light is well balance in details, not over exposed or under exposed. Not easy to do. The blue sky is fantastic with the clarity of the air at high altitude. I guess I will be seeing some landscape similar in Nepal on the Himalayas area.
I'm leaving this weekend and yes it will freezing my skinny behind off cold. Not looking forward to that but it is best time for a good view and less rain, since the monsoon is over.
Didi (57736) 2012-10-31 19:26
If you did not showed the base perhaps they were some disturbing elements
Interesting perspective of the stupas.
Odd difference of lights.
I think it was possible to mask the cables :)
mkamionka (31287) 2012-11-01 15:06
amazing place, you had a challenging light over there but you did a fantastic job with the exposition to balance everything out perfectly. The repeated element of stupa is a great motif and it contrasts interestingly with the rough and well lit mountain in the distance.
Very well done,
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56190)
- 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/11, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-25 1:06