Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh (within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir). Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.
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Noel_Byrne (33458) 2014-02-19 4:18
A beautiful architectural scene, and all the most so with this so beautiful light. The sun shining over the buildings allows just enough light in to brighten the building to the point that we can see the detail . The flag stands proud like a beacon in the centre.
All the best
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-19 5:14
I took a little bit similar picture on my last trip to China in one of the Tibetan villages. The mast with the praying flags drew my attention the same way as the one on your photo. The buildings of the monastery surrounding it are very interesting and the mountains in the background create pretty settings.
Thanks for sharing
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-19 5:20
The light in this is perfect for adding so much drama - to the flag, the rocky ridges on the left and the person in the corner. And the way the sun seems to be announcing itself behind the monastery makes this so interesting. All of that is set against the diffused light in the little square. An enjoyable photo!
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-19 8:10
Very moody and atmospheric shot created by the light seeping into the frame from the top of the Hemis monastery. Like the partial illumination of the building on the right. Excellent clarity and vibrant colours. Thanks for sharing.
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-19 18:59
Difficult lighting conditions, but we don't always get the prime moments from the sky, yeah? :) You've made the best of the situation though, which still shows good detail in the shadows, and certainly enough to make out the subjects being presented. The yellow flag makes a wonderful centerpiece and is highlighted just right for a strong focal point. Beautiful backdrop for this setting, looks like a peaceful place for contemplation. Enjoy the day ahead. Take care.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-02-19 23:31
It's a challenging shot as far as lighting is concerned but lovely that you have managed the optimum exposure between brightest and darkest with excellent features in shadow areas. Great dof, vivid in colours and the whole architecture is nicely visible and stands out against deep blue sky.There's good white balance achieved too. Wonderful shot, Congrats, TFS
Nicou (149978) 2014-02-20 2:38
quelle vue le soleil point son petit nez au coin de cet édiffice et quelle statue qui ressort en jaune dans le cile pur au milieu superbe.
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-20 7:44
This Monastery is nesting in mountain valley. The setting is very beautiful. The sun is low, the light condition is somewhat unusual. It's a very nice picture though.