Halebid or better local name Halebeedu, meaning old dwelling...
In ancient times, it was the great city of Dwarasamudra, flourishing Capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th & 13th centuries. During the reign of Veeraballala II, the grandson of Vishnuvardhana, it reached the greatness of its zenith. Veeraballala II extended his empire from sea to sea between the Cauvery & Krishna rivers.
Normally prominant dynasties from south, Chera, Chola, Pandya and pallavas were full of infighting & a grand empire rose from the now karnataka which was a beacon of unique art & architecture & glory.
All this came to a sudden end by the invading sultanic forces & a lot of these glorious architecture was raged down...In fact among the 92 Temples this dynasty built, the only ones which stand out are Belur, Halebid & Somnathpur.
Among them Halebid was special with exquisite carvings & star like construction, hall mark of haoysala architecture. This is a shaivite temple & a primary one for the king.
While roaming around hours & hours, I always feel like meandring on a historical river.
The shot is slightly tilted, I did not take enough care while shooting handheld..
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siolaw (38052) 2006-10-26 2:17
Good compo of that woman going around the Mandir, light is very nice so are the colors...Good framing and POV.
vincz (19099) 2006-10-26 4:57
Excellent picture with so great compostion and colours. You did an awesome job at manging the light here. maybe you could have adjusted the tilt at post-processing time. in any case this is a wonderful shot. Congratulations.
oochappan (22043) 2006-10-26 5:04
Wondering what kind of Whisky you prefer when you meander:)) ?
A very nice place indeed where you spend hours to discover all the fine statues carved in the rock like the ladies do, a very curious soft rock easy to carve but that becomes very hard in contact with the air. Well framed with the people and the temple aside to get also a view of the wide landscape around. Cheers :)
entrelec (8328) 2006-10-26 10:05
Tilting is not a default, it can be the best thing to do in some situations, your shot remembers me one I posted : http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/India/photo357588.htm
but , after me, the tilt have to be clearly choosed, not to appear as a default, i think here it is a good situation to have a great tilt.
Once again architecture and saris go wonderfully together...
prumod (8300) 2006-10-26 11:23
it's great! the colors are very fantastic... perfect sharpness and quality you achieved!
jsouris (180) 2006-10-27 7:17
Light & colors are Beautiful.
chanjits (4454) 2006-10-27 8:32
nice piece of architecture you have captured the colors are splendid well composed shot dear.
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-10-27 22:01
Exellent composition, the contrasting red saree of the woman against the dark temple make this shot. I like the beautiful temple too, very well framed and good light control.
Thanks for sharing
My best wishes
prezntime (3946) 2006-10-27 23:48
Superb colors here. THe darkness helps bring out the bright clothes of the people walking around the wonderful structure. The color of the sky is very attractive, almost shading to a purple. The slant is not too noticable, and it is offset by the geometry of the structure.
Well done and good composition.
Angshu (54769) 2006-10-28 0:08
Isn't Halebid-Belur magical? Your photo of the marvellous temple is just as magical with wonderful handling of light. I like how you've framed the temple keeping the left open. The lady in red adds a lot to this. That you’re a dreamer shows in your note. Good one Prem
ChrisJ (94806) 2006-10-29 8:53
Good overview shot of this interesting old temple. The women in the red & green saris add a nice splash of color. Tfs!
rabani (9645) 2006-10-29 20:41
It is always a good idea to add a human or two in a landscape. Especially against historical background. Add colors and emotional contrast to the composition. I wouldn't worry about the level of the horizon or subject too much. I think you know how to level it in Photoshop or any other photo editor. Just zoom out a bit or not too close when shooting something you know you might have a little problem of level. Just don't take risk with your shutter speed. You are shooting at 1/20s. Unless off course you are shooting with a tripod.
anjan (1086) 2006-11-06 6:45
The low light has been very well managed to get this blue hour colours. Like the women in colorful sarees who are vital.
axiotea (21649) 2006-11-06 21:18
Beautiful temple with the ladies going around it and praying with colors which are well rendered. A nice light as well and a peaceful atmosphere...
scalerman (26900) 2006-11-15 13:37
Premanand: one of your best of late. Really nice compo with living models included. Watch one thing next time: your unstraightened horizon line. Rotate by eye in PS to correct that. Everthing else is great.
ivo (376) 2006-11-26 2:54
Great sharpnees and clarity.
Light and colours are beautiful.
Good picture of that woman going around the Mandir.
zizzer77 (721) 2006-12-06 9:49
the colors are perfect in this composition.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2008-03-11 5:17
I find colorful saree clad women with grey temple stone a lovely POV.TFS
ls7902 (7314) 2009-07-25 2:02
Very nice and interesting photo of the temple. Nice detail and blue hour light. Women in sarees give additional focal point. Interesting concert series in KL too ... Petronas Auditorium? Regards. Latiff.
abmdsudi (39794) 2010-10-19 0:29
Lovely lighting in the late afternoon make this image outstanding, plus the red and greeen saris creating such a lovely contrast! to this delicate temple. Splendid compostion, lots of texture and sharpness. Fine exposure control and good color saturation and contrast. Awesome capture my friend, good infor notes, Congrats
- Copyright: Premanand Thangavelu (thaprem) (2554)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 350 D, Canon EF 18-55mm, Sonia UV 58mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-26 2:01