Spiti Region in the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh
We were out from Kaza (the unofficial capital of Spiti) by 9 in the morning soon after breakfast, destination Kye Monastery. It had snowed overnight & the evidence was everywhere...even on the road. We stopped at the foot of the hill perched on top of which was the magnificent Kye Monastery. I went to the fields below where barley crop was just being sowed, to take pictures of the grandeur of the monastery against the backdrop of the blue sky. Though we had woken up in the morning with the welcome sight of blue sky, some grey clouds had started to gather in the sky over the monastery. The sky was in the dull shade of grey as the sun hid behind the thin veil of grey clouds. I waited for a while for the clouds to clear up a bit…tinges of blue in the sky visible, but what was quite photogenic was the snow on the crevices & slopes around & in the background of the monastery.
Kye (or Ki, Kee or Key) Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti valley, located above Kye village. Kye ("the monastery at the centre of the Mandala") is one of the main monasteries of Spiti. The monastery belongs to the Gelug sect since the time of its foundation. The location of Kye Monastery is one of the most spectacular in the Himalayas, at a height of 4,116 metres (13,504 feet). The monastery, which dates back to around 1000 AD, is one of the oldest in Spiti Valley & is one of the biggest monasteries of Spiti Valley as well and a religious training centre for Lamas. In this frame, a couple of houses from Kye Village are visible & behind is the magnificent Kye Monastery. I'll post a landscape format shot later
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danos (88891) 2011-05-01 2:48
fantastic the view of the shot with the Kye Monastery to be climbed on the hill and looks like as a tower.I like the sight of the melt snow, as the excellent placement of the Monastery in the hill.
vasilpro (41035) 2011-05-01 3:46
Wonderful composition, beautiful place with interesting Monastery, excellent light management, beautiful view, lovely colors and contrast.
Happy birthday my friend with happiness and health.
emka (82596) 2011-05-01 4:19
Hi my dear Angshuman,
Happy Birthday to you!! You share with us the gorgeous views of Himalayas so rarely. Fantastic view of the monastery so high up. beautiful monastery wonderfully situated. And was it possible to go there? The view from the monastery must be magnificent. great shot, nice colour, very impressive.
bukitgolfb301 (37056) 2011-05-01 4:57
Hi NAMASTE my dear Prof. Angshuman
A breathtaking impressive shot!
So fantastic monestery at the foot of mountain.
A wonderful presentation by reasonable vertical framework, so sharp in the detail and gorgeous tasteful color as usual. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunday evening!
Takero from Spring rainy Tokyo
krzychu30 (15510) 2011-05-01 6:24
beautiful mountain composition.The Monastery has unique location at the foot of the mountain,which makes it difficult to conquer it.Amazing,how you managed to capture the changing landscape.In the lower part we can see still some vegetation and higher,there is only snow.Outstanding quality of the photo with excellent sharpness and splendid colors.Well done.
My Best Regards
npecanhuk (68172) 2011-05-01 6:57
Another pretty exotic place (for my point of view)!
The mighty peaks, the constructions, specially those on top of that hill, everything's so different... quit attractive, although I think it must be hard to live there!
TFS - congrats,
baclama (18279) 2011-05-01 7:12
un monastere idéalement placé dans un cadre idylique...
la neige s'harmonise avec les tons des habitations....
holmertz (43289) 2011-05-01 8:31
You seem to have an endless number of pictures of dramatically located monasteries. In this photo I am especially impressed by the resemblance between the monastery buildings and the partly snow-clad upper mountainsides. The partial view of the village and a few trees make an attractive foreground.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2011-05-01 11:43
hope you have celebrated your birth anniversary superbly, congrats again. Here you shared with us a very well composed vertical frame with excellent light and depth. The architectures are shown beautifully with the rocky face of the mountains. Great colourful shot. Thanks.
Sabai bhalo theko.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-01 19:03
Beautiful postcard of the Kye Village and Kye Monastery on top
Well placed the monastery in the top of hill
Nice colors, well handled the light
Have a nice week
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-05-01 22:41
Hi Angshuman, Great photo of this fantastic scene, super colours love the melting snow,Cheers Iain.
pablominto (53744) 2011-05-01 23:07
An interesting mountain landscape for once..!
Possibly even more interesting is the building tradition, as they have found this peak for location of the buildings...
The remains of snow in late May tells the story of the altitude!
nilotpal_patra (1688) 2011-05-02 0:00
It is realy, realy a Wonderful Picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
serp2000 (41364) 2011-05-02 1:32
Greatful shot! Excellent postcard or poster for memory about this place, I think. Well done, right PoV and impressive composition. Nice colours. TFS!
papagolf21 (88171) 2011-05-02 1:47
Bonjour, mon ami Angshu,
Le plaisir est sans fin à découvrir tes photographies.
Des lieux qui imposent le respect.
Une image de toute beauté.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-05-02 3:51
Let me wish you a happy birthday. Let your life be filled with happiness. Lovely monastery on the top of the hill. I like the buildings at the foot of the mountain. Nice colors and clarity.
josepmarin (57837) 2011-05-02 5:26
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
The low-angle shot gives a great dynamism to this beautiful image, in which the village in foreground leads our eyes towards an impressive landscape of mountains that stand out on the sky and the clouds. In addition, the monastery shows us its dangerous location on the rocks.
The ensemble is very aesthetic and has a good lighting, I like the chromatic level that gives a great quality to the colors.
Good work with the polarizer filter.
A beautiful composition accompanied of a good informative note, as usual.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-05-02 5:39
Ola Angshuman ,
Sem duivda a Índia tem umas paisagem lindas como esta aquelas casas construidas no alto da montanha , bom uso da foto na vertical deu uma boa sensação de altura , bons detalhes , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
abmdsudi (44966) 2011-05-02 6:55
Fascinating image and a great narrative to accompany it. It is a beautiful landscape and the vertical orientation works well. Very effective framing with superb control of DoF and perspective. Here's the Monastery in thin air, built high on its mountain pinnacle above Indian Himalaya in what seems an impossible site, a well captured image indeed with a sense of scale and height. I can't imagine what the builders must have gone to construct this, and what a place to build this monastery, how on earth they actually built it is beyond my imagination, even the mountains behind seem to have been formed to suit the place! It's off the beaten track and nice to see shots from a completely different part of the world. The view from the monastery itself is so breathtaking. It is a very well balanced image, packed with brilliant detail and wonderful sky and colours showing the nature of the varied terrain so well. I like that you kept part of houses in the foreground rendering a great lead-in. Wonderful results of this stunning shot, it almost defies belief. Really great effort and thanks for sharing.
Graal (99132) 2011-05-02 10:32
another unusual place and view. Amazing village on the hill and monastery. Good vertical composition. An interesting note. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Waylim (25368) 2011-05-02 11:11
First of all Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day celebration with you love ones.
and for this shot, it is very nice, the vertical format allow you to include the village below to gives us that sense of connection between the daily of the local rather than just the mountain and Monastary, which we usually do, ignoring the not so nice part of the scenery while it a big part of that environment. For me it adds reality and sense of charm and of what make this place what it is.
Over all really good quality, perhaps a little sharpening can help make the edge a little stronger.
pajaran (53721) 2011-05-02 14:15
Uradili ste lepu seriju fotografija manastira u nepristupacnim predelima velikih planina ...
Vrlo interesantno mesto na planini sa manastirima, lepa fotografija.
Dobar tekst, snimak i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Sve najbolje na lepom secanju i poseti manastira.
You have done a beautiful series of photographs of the monastery in inaccessible areas of high mountains ...
Very interesting place on the mountain with the monasteries, beautiful photos.
Good text, photo and composition, my congratulations on the good work.
All the best to the beautiful memories and visit the monastery.
John_F_Kennedy (43295) 2011-05-03 2:04
A spectacular view looking across this beautiful hill landscape, the snow covered mountains gave a nice view.
Longroute (19396) 2011-05-03 6:19
I don't know which is better: the monastery or those fantastic rocks above the mountains!
The upwards perspective is so long and interesting here, showing the monastery in all its impressive position, and I like the division of the photogram in four distinct layers of different colour and textures. So charming and well composed.
sacavem (18614) 2011-05-03 13:57
Fine colours and ambiance,too.this is an incredible image of an incredible place.Nice framing.
sacimar (26069) 2011-05-04 1:33
impressive place and excellent image, I like the monastery architecture, its location in the mountain is fantastic, well done,
pierrefonds (58758) 2011-05-04 6:58
The point of view from the bottom to the top of the mountains is giving depth to the composition. It is also allowing me to see the details and colors of the Kye monastery. the morning light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
ciakgiak (30421) 2011-05-04 13:40
WOW! Another impressive image and a magnificent composition with the monastery very well inserted in a wonderful scenery. The light and the colors are superb.
I like a lot the vertical format and the elegant presentation.
A warm hug
Fis2 (88015) 2011-05-04 15:08
Good frame, colors and light.
Nard (6972) 2011-05-08 2:19
What a beautiful landscape and nice view of this monastery with the mountains in the background. The cloudy sky and the snow add interresting contrast with the green and the brown.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-05-08 23:15
Encore une très belle photo de ce monastère en équilibre dans la montagne !
La blancheur de la neige donne à ces constructions de l'importance.
Atousa (7131) 2011-05-18 23:52
A very nice view to the monastery which looks like a peak itself.. great harmony of the colors n good clarity.. a fine work.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
fanni (14381) 2011-07-09 12:32
this is an interesting vertical composition! a beautiful view which makes me with I could see it wish my own eyes (I've always been attracted to such places).
It's curious: the pattern of stripes of snow high in the mountains echoes the white colour of the monastery..
best wishes from rainy Moscow :)
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-09-07 4:10
Great Shot indeed. I can see the each and every details in the photo.
Keep it up and share more.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56406)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-29
- 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, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 0:53