Kye (or Ki, Kee or Key) Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti valley, located at (4116 m) above Kye village. It is an outstanding example of the monastic architecture, which developed during the 14th century in the wake of the Chinese influence. In the architectural definitions given to various monasteries, Kye falls in the 'Pasada' style which is characterised by more floors (storeys) than one and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. The Mongols plundered the monastery in the middle of the 17th century. In the 19th century, it again suffered three brutal attacks. The successive trails of destruction and patch-up jobs have resulted in a haphazard growth of box-like structures, and the complex now resembles a defensive fort.
I 'parked' myself in the village called Rangrik on the opposite bank of River Spiti to take this picture...the wonderful Kye Monastery with the Kye Village nestling at 'its' feet. It was an ethereal scene as sunset drew near, & the mountains behind took a golden hue.
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lousat (93714) 2012-06-22 1:23
Every pic from these places are a great pleasure to see and makes me dream....your choice of the moment is reallt fantastic,whit this fantastic light for the best warm colors and a great game made by the long shadows,magnificent crop and details too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-06-22 2:26
What an amazing location Angshu. You have captured the monastery under really favourable light as the topography of the landscape is so beautifully defined. Strong contrasts, warm colours and very good textures combine in a very pleasing image. The monastery and village with their white walls are nicely contrasted with the magnificent landscape. It must have been a real treat to see this 'in the flesh'. Warm regards Rosemary
dta (79525) 2012-06-22 3:13
Hello Angshuman ,
This is another beautiful view of this amazing place . About the composition , the choice of cropping in the high part could have been different , may be . I think , in my humble opinion , that it would be better with a little more sky , or with no sky at all .
pierrefonds (68171) 2012-06-22 4:35
The mountains are a natural frame of the monastery. The point of view is showing the details and coilors of the mountains and of the monastery. It is clear and sharp. The early evening light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (103874) 2012-06-22 5:06
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Encore, une photographie splendide à tous les niveaux.
Quel plaisir de pouvoir contempler un tel spectacle tranquillement installé devant notre écran.
Très bonne journée.
Sergiom (82931) 2012-06-22 5:13
C'est extraordinaire de bâtir un village entier au milieu d'une côte aussi violente, mais quelle vue ils ont, surtout par une aussi belle journée.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-06-22 5:36
Ola Angshuman ,
Que lugar brutal na Índia , lindo o mosteiro no alto da montanha , gostei muito do contraste entre o branco das casas com o tom dourado das montanhas , boa luz de final de dia , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-06-22 5:48
Wonderful light, shadows and textures. The monastery contrasts so nicely with the surroundings. Great composition.
guld (1042) 2012-06-22 7:16
Excellent capture Beautiful photograph. Light is excellent so is the POV.
yquem46 (38752) 2012-06-22 8:41
Wow what an incredible situation for this little village, especially the part of it built like a pyramid
Excellent golden light in this scenery
Top of the mountain maybe cropped a bit too tight
have a nice WE, best regards
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2012-06-22 9:18
Darun Dada, it is a marvellous view. You presented it superbly using a nice POV. Great tonal quality and excellent sharpness. The composition is missing something, probably a bit of sky is needed at top, only a thought. What do you think? Otherwise it is a superb shot with excellent depth. Tfs.
Have a nice time.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-06-22 13:37
Hello Angshuman ,
Wonderful view on the Ki monastery and village.
Very impressive landscape .excellent light management, lovely colors and contrast.
GREGG (7888) 2012-06-22 13:53
beautiful place, a monumental building in the vicinity of high mountains
Good exposure, nice light and shadows and colors,
emka (100959) 2012-06-22 23:46
I see that you still prefer Spiti landscape than Thai architecture. And i no wonder, why this is something that we see not so often. the veiw is really breath taking. Incredible setting of the monastery under the rocks. And it is difficult to im agine that it could be attacked and plundered. Gorgeous place and presentation.
PaulVDV (29871) 2012-06-22 23:53
Very impressive sight of this monastery built on that small hill on the very steep mountain slope. Wonderful with the different diagonal lines in front of and behind the monastery.
Very beautiful late afternoon light. The white facades contrast strong with the warm colours of the mountain slope.
How about cropping the top of the picture so that it results in a square format? Just an idea.
In any case, you show us here an impressive picture of one of those unique places in the Himalaya.
Best regards, Paul
bukitgolfb301 (42976) 2012-06-23 0:49
Hi dear Angshuman
This is so fantastic significant shot.
Great combination of great mountain and tiny houses, so mysterious and fashinotaing image indeed. Tasteful shadow decsription is very effective. Thanks for your sharing with nice shot and have a good Saturday!
Takero from Tokyo
GiovanniG (3581) 2012-06-23 1:11
Wow what a spectacular capture. I love everything about the special capture. Bravo!
holmertz (55029) 2012-06-23 2:43
You have posted a number of similar pictures before so I have run out of comments on the amazing beauty of these desolate monasteries and settlements. This time I can mainly marvel at the the contrasts between the smooth (as seen from a distance) slopes and the extremely rough and ragged rocks at the top of the hills. The evening light is also spectacular and has brought out a lovely warmth of the colours.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-06-24 12:48
What a unique and exotical place!
That's a very interesting and attractive picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
leo61 (0) 2012-06-24 12:55
You had perfect light here and found a great POV.
Love the brown tones here and the view at the village with the monastary above.
Best regards,and many thanks for your latest comment on my Burma/Sule pagoda photo,
danos (99890) 2012-06-24 14:07
one more nice scene fro the Kye Monastery.I like the side falling light that makes the image so characteristic as enhancing the beauty of the place.
The placement of the Monastery in the image is good as the cliff rocks above.
mohammad_H (10038) 2012-06-24 23:48
صخره های قهوهای.فرسایش کوه.و ان خاته های بالای تپه.جالب و شگفت انگیز
ثبت مناسب و نمایش زیبا
وسعت دید .و وضوح خوب
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Brown rock. Erosion of the mountains. And it's Khath hill. Interesting and surprising
Properly registered and displaying a beautiful
Breadth of vision. And good resolution
Have a nice day
Graal (103034) 2012-06-25 0:51
unusual view and place. Good shot. Amazing houses on the small hill between the mountains. An interesting note and presentation. Photo I like.
Have a nice week.
Nicou (145264) 2012-06-25 1:35
quel élciarage dans cette iamge superbe et ce village au pied des vallée qui descendent quel contraste et cpatage ce tons ette vue grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
alpi1500 (1520) 2012-06-25 2:56
The location is wonderful sight.I like contrast.
Have a nice day.
Fis2 (100778) 2012-06-25 3:55
Wonderful view, beautiful monastery.
Good frame and superb colors and light.
Photo has climate.
I like it.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-06-25 4:34
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
the warm tonalities created by the low light of the sunset that bathe these mountains, provides a high aesthetic level to its shapes and increases its three-dimensional sensation.
The fantastic white architecture of the village and of the monastery placed on the hill, they add a beautiful chromatic and graphical contrast to the composition.
It is a magnificent work.
jhm (155358) 2012-06-25 4:46
What an amazing location with this monastery on the slope of the mountain.
We see perfect the relief of the stream on the hill
Never seen in my life but excellent creation.
Nice captured, and excellent composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Waylim (25502) 2012-06-25 18:36
What an impressive landscape with the golden monastery perches up on the hill. While I think the sky give the feeling of how high the mountain range is, but I also find it a little distracting that it was cut off. As I scroll down and see it without the sky. I like it much better that way, though that is only a matter of preference. The quality is good as always.
abmdsudi (55670) 2012-06-25 22:57
This picturesque monastery seems to grow out stunningly of the rocks on which it is constructed with attractive details characteristics and contrast. An interesting choice of view, situated on a very dangerous and yet so impressive section of the mountain slope at this height in thin air. But what I really enjoy here is, the sense of space, depth and great distance effect of this shot and so well balanced and you are blessed by the golden light from the late afternoon sun. Looking at this shot there is much to be gained, the subtle colors, the warmth, the beautiful textures & the clean, yes clean air, such a rewarding beautiful landscape indeed and not many has the opportunity to be up there, a wonderful creation of Mother Nature and something to cheer up. Great stuff Angshu :))
Very well done and TFS
pajaran (62566) 2012-06-25 23:17
Lepo mesto sa manastirom i priroda ...
Lep pogled i trenutak sa svetlom sunca koje je naglasilo lepotu arhitekture i planine.
Dobar tekst, kompozicija i rad, moje cestitke.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Nice place with a monastery and nature ...
Nice view of the moment with bright sunshine that highlighted the beauty of architecture and the mountains.
Good article, composition and work, my congratulations.
Have a nice day, all the best.
John_F_Kennedy (43669) 2012-06-25 23:52
A simple composition of this scene, very pleasant to view. Amazing tones, very good sharpness and very well framed
ChrisJ (116108) 2012-06-26 5:53
The diagonal rock screes add dynamism and contrast against the verticals. The isolated hilltop monastery halfway up is intriguing. Good warm cold color contrasts and superb tonal & textural nuances in the cliff faces. The lower village adds context. Tfs!
jaywalker (16105) 2012-06-26 13:15
Hi Angshuman, I do like this photo, the wonderful grooping of little dwellings gathering on the hill too the centre of the shot is very eye catching, the lighting is perfect as it shines on the mountain walls & shows superb detail & colour, the only very very small thing I noticed was the tip of the mountain has been cropped & may have improved the picture, but please do not take as me critisizing you it's just an oppinion, overall the photo is wonderful, kind regards Wilson.
serp2000 (44726) 2012-06-27 6:47
I take off my hat, Angshuman...
Outstanding composition, excellent quality.
This is one of my favorite photos today! TFS!
mkamionka (38415) 2012-06-27 13:46
a real masterpiece of composition. I like extraordinary combination of nature and the monastery so incredibly located. The mountains make a pleasant diagonals so well accented by the string shades. The contrasts make it feel almost three dimensional.
Didi (60588) 2012-06-27 18:22
Very magnificient place; lights direction give a splendid 3D effect
Thanks for your share.
macjake (69831) 2012-06-28 0:44
be proud of this scene my friend.
In fact, i'd be proud just to say i was here to see this place in person, lucky you :)
Its a small pity the top of the mountains are clipped, but honestly, its a small detail.
A small detail because of the beauty and striking subject of the slanted mountains, golden lights, and architecture.
It looks almost unreal. Wonderful subject!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-07-01 10:59
beautiful place....very crisp and sharp...
wonderful POV...great earthen colours...
nice golden light & like the mountain behind the monastery...
annjackman (21899) 2012-07-02 22:46
The subject is so very interesting - it is hard to belive that this monastery is perched on this rock under the towering rocky mountain. The light is beautiful and picks up all the detail giving lovely depth. The white buildings really stand out. I enjoyed looking at this very much and your accompanying note explains the history very well.
Best wishes, Ann
COSTANTINO (66601) 2012-08-07 22:11
I chose this shot because Iliked a lot
the capture of this monastery
magnificent composition welldone and
wellseen and in my opinion the
mountains is a natural frame
of this monastery
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-09 22:19
well....what can i say.just one word for the pic.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-29
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-22 1:06
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