Travelling 25 km east of Singaraja in North Bali, we reached a unique seaside temple, the Pura Ponjok Batu. The Ponjok Batu Temple (ponjok batu meaning pile of stones) is perched on a rocky cliff next to a beach.
The Pura Ponjok Batu is a temple to pray for safety and good luck. The Balinese who travel past will always make time to stop at the temple to pray, and to receive blessings for safety during their journey.
The temple is at an elevation and reached by climbing about 20-25 steps from the road, while the beach is a good 30 steps below the road level. There was a ceremony or festival going on in the temple and our driver Ngurah and myself went in wearing a sarong & salempot (waist sash) we entered the temple.
As we climbed up the stairs to the temple, we saw the devotees coming down the stairs from the temple complex down to the sea shore. The ladies were carrying tempat bua or fruit baskets on their heads. They contain the offerings of cooked rice, flowers and fruits which they eat afterwards in the innermost shrine. The men & boys wore udung (head bands) & sarongs.
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sabyasachi1212 (19769) 2007-10-06 8:54
Considering a large part of the image is in shadow, you have hit on just the right kind of exposure. I would have loved to have the colourful lady on the left fully in the frame though.
carper (96) 2007-10-06 9:30
a fine celebration Angshuman
the pov is nice and rich on colours and a good pov with a good light, very good photojob here, i like it, have a nice day.
Paolo (41218) 2007-10-06 9:46
Hi Anghsu, excellen timage, many portraits of that people, with good quality and an excellen tperspectiv view to the top of the steps.
wolf38 (29118) 2007-10-06 9:54
Hello Angshuman. This is one of the pictures and motives, which make Bali so love worth. At the ceremonies of the people on Bali one can only be astonished. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.
jasmis (57616) 2007-10-06 13:15
Exotic scenery. Fine situation on the stairs. Interesting note, as well.
berek (32071) 2007-10-06 23:24
colourful and lovely daily life atmosphere here. I like details light and your idea. have a nice Sunday.
emjleclercq (15778) 2007-10-06 23:34
Interesting composition based on the ascending stairs, but I like the top of the stairs (with the light) more than the bottom and regret a bit the cropping of the arm of he pink lady on the left (although she is nicely taken). I was also thinking what a vertical rather than horizontal framing would have done here.
All the best,
sagar (2410) 2007-10-07 0:18
Brilliant in terms of the exposure.The shot is equally attractive both in the light and shade fields.Only one thing(though I know that it was probably unavoidable to keep the symmetry), you could have kept the lady to the left(with the pink outfit) a bit more in the frame. Bodhoi ektu beshi ba dike hoye gechhe!!Is this beacuse of the symmetry or due to a crop?
But put in one word this is a beautiful representation of a cremony shot!!
papagolf21 (79598) 2007-10-07 1:28
Bonjour, cher Anghsu,
Vous avez un secret pour réaliser de telles photographies. Chaque fois, c'est une découverte pour notre plus grand plaisir.
J'apprends beaucoup, grâce à vous.
Un grand merci pour ce partage et cette réussite.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-10-07 1:41
Nice capture ... good grouping in the right anchored by the solitary woman in the lower left. Well composed with very good image quality. Excellent work! tfs
Graal (92190) 2007-10-07 1:51
interesting place and informations about temple and celebrate with pray there. Beautiful colours of clothes, nice light and well composed image on the stairs. I like it. Good work.
ribeiroantonio (22631) 2007-10-07 1:55
With a quite difficult light you managed a good shot. May be it is a bit tight on the left bottom hand side but very nice anyway. Well done.
vincz (19099) 2007-10-07 3:08
I like very much the patterns on the stairs and your POV making these stairs quite impressive. It is a piety the woman's arm an feet are cropped in he lower left. Noetheless a very colourful and typical image.
prumod (8300) 2007-10-07 3:12
as usual, lovely shot... here, the light separating the exposure is very interesting...
feather (51128) 2007-10-07 3:14
If only the lady on the left had been a couple of steps higher, the framing would be perfect. The perspective of the steps leading upwards works very well with the palm leaves filling in each of the top corners. You managed the very difficult light contrasts very well too. The dress of the people descending the steps is interesting, particularly how the small boy is dressed like his father. Good work
pierrefonds (51056) 2007-10-07 5:17
A good POV of the people going down the step, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
josepmarin (56517) 2007-10-07 10:19
this composition has much dynamism with the people who descend by these stairs, and is an image plenty of color and with an excellent balance between the illuminated zones and the zones in shade, in a good work of exposure.
Great shot, my friend.
clic (12467) 2007-10-07 13:25
Like coming down in a grand staircase of a cabaret, these devotee exhibit thier colourful exotic costumes in a beautiful environment.
You succeeded very well showing details in shaded area.
Scharan (14144) 2007-10-07 18:38
Linda, linda foto, meu amigo.
Gosto desta composição, da textura das pedras da escada; a luz é muito boa, as cores são maravilhosas, meus parabéns!
edytungkal (4551) 2007-10-07 18:44
A nice and colourful composition from the daily activity of Balinese people. Its interesting to see so many ceremonies in Balinese comunities and your contribution with beautiful pictures and the great stories are very well done. tfs
siolaw (37642) 2007-10-07 19:47
Nice POV and framing along the seps. Well controlled exposure an vivid colors...The only thing is the lady not being fully in the frame, but still a colorful and interesting daily life scene.
vinicio (23415) 2007-10-07 22:37
you have presented us this temple and the life around it in a good way, this place is interesting and nice.
The photo is very good, with beautiful colors and POV, I also much like the good work that you have done with the shadow zone of it.
Have a nice week
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2007-10-07 23:44
Good representation of the activities. The perspective is well.
axiotea (21647) 2007-10-07 23:48
A dynamic impact with the people coming down, towards you with both lights and shades well managed and I like the colors tones as well. A pity, you did not get the lady's elbow on the left side...
batalay (33439) 2007-10-08 3:31
Hello Mr. B,
An unusual, and powerful composition, where the long stairs are used in organizing the crowd. There is a certain mystique in the fact that the people lower down in the stairs are in subdued light; but the ones at the top are brilliantly illuminated by the low sun, and are resplendant in their colors. The steps actually remind me of the "Hieroglyphic Staircase" in Copan, Honduras, where a very beautiful pre-Columbian Mayan city-state is located. It had peaked about 1200 years ago. Some of the design suggests an Indus Valley influence, but this is all rather speculative.
crisnique (857) 2007-10-08 9:27
What a nice shot! I like the intersting low pov which is giving an excellent perspective to the whole image. Just a pity the cropped lady on the left.
leo61 (0) 2007-10-08 12:41
Bali/Indonesia is very high rated of my list: the countries I want to visit.
A good shot of this group walking down these stairs.I like the play with light and shdow and the people`s traditional cloth.
somkiat (1104) 2007-10-08 21:08
good showing the daily life shot.colorful celebrating.shot at good moment to the walkig in steps.
jhm (128091) 2007-10-09 4:11
Through the sun and the shadows we get a very nice composition, also the stair togheter with the people care for a excellent image about the fine celebration, very well done. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
Budapestman (82620) 2007-10-12 1:41
Beautiful daily life image, composition is attractive and impressive, timing is superb. I like the excellent perspective and the fine details, clarity is excellent as usual. Splendid shot, Have a nice weekend
bakes888 (18499) 2007-10-13 0:27
Hi Angshuman. Nice photo. You have captured the colour and atmosphere well. I love the way you have used the stairs as a lead-in line to draw the eye into the shot and add depth. Thanks for sharing.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-10-23 0:22
Good capture of the stairs with those people there. Nice point of view and lovely colours.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52956)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-18
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Bali - The Island of Gods
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 8:01