Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia & this is the National Monument, or 'Monas Nasional'. Theres an elevator inside & I may show some imges taken from the observation deck, later. Polarised. The distortion is from the 28 mm lens.
"The Monumen Nasional (or Tugu Monas, the National Monument tower) is a 450 ft (137 m) tall tower in Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia's Independence. Its construction began in 1961 under Sukarno and not finished until 1975 under Suharto. It is topped by a 14.5 tonnes of flame-shaped bronze plated in 35 kg (1125 troy ounces) of gold.
Visitors can take a lift up to a platform with a good view on Medan Merdeka Park, Istiqlal Mosque and the city (if it's not too foggy); inside the base of the monument is an exhibition of the declaration of independence and several dioramas showing the history of Indonesia." Source:
Wikipedia article on the National Monument
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shiva_sg (600) 2006-02-27 3:53
Nice idea to bring both the monuments into this frame. But I think you could have chosen a different angle. The sky is very nice. TFS.
Paolo (41222) 2006-02-27 3:58
Hi Chris, good shot with the obelisk, the statue and the distant skyline.
good contrast ansd colours and good POV too.
sarhanp (124) 2006-02-27 4:21
Nice to see the 14 years back of Jakarta. Very good POV and strong in colors,
Gerrit (44021) 2006-02-27 4:22
Good picture of the monument in combination with the silhouette of a horserider and the high buildings on the background.
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
efigesta (12188) 2006-02-27 4:43
Hi my friend
nice shot from the monument and see Jacarta in 1992, great colors
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2006-02-27 5:03
Great POV with the National Monument at first and then the city behind it.
IvarsU (2505) 2006-02-27 5:31
Interesting view. A lot of things going in vertical direction. Sky is perfect.
papagolf21 (83214) 2006-02-27 6:04
Bonjour mon ami Chris,
Avec vos 720 photographies, je fais figure de jeune débutant !
Votre collection (car il s'agit d'une véritable collection de voyages de par le monde) est impressionnante. Chaque fois, c'est un émerveillement, cette photo en est encore la preuve.
greg64g (11193) 2006-02-27 6:19
I am very interested by Jakarta's picture, an amazing city i don't remember about this one but looks interexsting, look to be on the concorde place in Paris
feather (51130) 2006-02-27 7:19
Perched at the top of the monument looks like a dangerous place to be. Taken mainly against the sky the silhouettes of the monument and statue make an attractive image.
Cormac (26545) 2006-02-27 10:41
Very nicely framed, with the statue and the spire each at 1/3 and the whole scene very well balanced. I like the dramatic sky in this too, which provides an interesting backdrop for the 2 main subjects. Great work!
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-02-27 11:34
an interesting scenery of Jakarta. I like the colour of the sky.
Would love to see more from Indonesian metropoles.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-02-27 15:24
An interesting variety of upward-reaching structures in this photo, Chris. Nothing overly original compo-wise, but a comprehensive showing of all these monuments and architectural details. As usual a competent handling of the scanning job.
timotey (119) 2006-02-27 16:00
This picture is amazing by the point of view you've choosen and the usage of a wide angle lens. It gives a great perspective emphasized by the magnificent clouds in the sky. By this the two monuments seem to bend a little and then increase this effect. The exposure is well managed despite a very hard ambient light. Very well done !
Fixfocus (9385) 2006-02-27 16:51
You were lucky to have an elevator,the other week I climbed on top of the Cologne cathedrals belltower,-no elevator just a small staircase step by step..
Excellent backlight shot,good idea to capture the sculpture and the monument as a silhouette
against the dramatic sky.
singuanti (15250) 2006-02-27 22:05
Hi Chris. What a cool sky you captured. The clouds are so detailed and rich. I might lighten the shadows of items in the foreground to help us see them better. Good work Chris.
berek (33375) 2006-02-28 4:29
very good wide-angle working my friend. i like to clouds with sky color. have a great day.
Meaning(Sense) :9,Framing:9,Idea :10
weswang (18223) 2006-03-01 12:49
Hi Chris, An impressive silhouette view of the status on the right and a clear view to the monument. You have well played the light and the blue sky as background. A very well composed picture.