This picture is of two yurts, the seasonal dwellings used by herders in the hills of Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries.
The photograph was taken at Lake Song-Kul where there are summer pastures. Local people bring their horses and cattle here during the warm weather and return to the towns in the winter.
On the day I arrived the sky was in two halves. One was dark and threatening, the other clear and bright. This gave the wonderful effect of golden illumination on the yurts with a backdrop of tempestuous storm clouds.
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scalerman (26900) 2004-11-01 15:22
Weasle, you've been holding out on us. this has to be one of your finest posts. great contrast with darks sky and sunset ray.
vapours (8264) 2004-11-01 15:32
Great pic, love the sunlight onto the huts and the texture of the sky.
Lio (861) 2004-11-01 15:35
Superbe lumière et ciel complètement dramatique. Très bonne composition également. Bravo !
Phoebe (133) 2004-11-01 15:37
Hi Jonathan! This photo is amazing!
The sky is very dramatic and at the same time beautiful! Good work!
mpb001 (4602) 2004-11-01 15:39
Excellant shot! The contrasting tan color of the yurts and the rich colors of the environment is super.
Carma (2440) 2004-11-01 15:41
Perfect composition and amazing colours that are product of this great light. Very 3D photo moves the viewer very deep. Really good photo. Bravo!
brkgnd (268) 2004-11-01 15:47
Great contrast between colors Jonathan.
Cool-ice (5289) 2004-11-01 15:52
The light, the light, the light...when we have the light, half of the job is already done !
You used it with talent, Jonathan, and you made a perfect composition with this landscape.
The deep blue is incredibly nice.
A really great picture, congratulations !
Ebbe (9617) 2004-11-01 16:10
A remarkable light indeed, but not only as the repeated shape is very important too.
ephemere33 (9743) 2004-11-01 16:26
encore une tres jolie photo très interessante qui nous apprend comme vivent les gens de cette région...tres belle imagination de nous l'avoir presenté...les couleurs sont bien rendues...bravo...amicalement BI
robiuk (10807) 2004-11-01 16:56
good compo and amazing light. Everything in this photo has awesome colours in it.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-11-01 16:56
This is amazing, Jonathan, the light is SO beautiful this way, it really leaves a golden glow on the yurts (in Mongolia they say ger, but the structure is exactly the same). The sky is very special as well, but i like the light on the yurts the most.
Good crop, (or composition)
will-b (236) 2004-11-01 17:28
Great comp, wonderful strong light on the yurts. Excellent shot.
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-11-01 20:31
Wonderful image Jonathan. I've not come across your work before and I am delighted to welcome you to TE.
The lighting here is wonderful with the well lighted yurts beneath that dramatic sky. Colors and details are nicely rendered. I especially appreciate the grass in the golden light. Excellent work.
bibiweb (8) 2004-11-02 3:36
An incredible light on these two yurts! And such a contrast with the dark sky. An amazing shot Jonathan!
PixelTerror (0) 2004-11-02 3:54
Hi Jonathan, seems I'm not the only one to like this photo, the light you got on these yurts is stunning and the contrast with the dark sky just superb ! Great sharpness and fine colors too. Again thanks for showing us these remote countries.
ChristianS (2997) 2004-11-02 14:44
Beautiful picture, the light is fantastic! The contrast between the lightened yurts and the dark sky is again fantastic. Well done!
michel_r (1118) 2004-11-02 18:23
absolitely splendid, this picture could make it to a magazine. awesome light
maphoto (8082) 2004-11-02 23:21
Beautiful and original composition, very moody with great light and sky, thanks for sharing.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2004-11-04 17:55
Johathan - The combination of a good sky and excellent light has produced a shot with impact.
lucinka (9976) 2004-11-10 14:58
Jonathan, great light and sky, beautiful and original composition!! Great sharpness and amazing rich colours, too. Thanks for sharing.
goerhal (781) 2004-12-14 17:50
Fantastic light here! How can the sky be so dark? Is it a lake I see in the background?
Ramonven (126) 2005-01-20 10:14
What a striking light here in the Darkness Jonathan! Very well captured! Ramon
puciu (498) 2005-01-25 11:03
Niesamowity nastrój, jak chwilê przed koñcem ¶wiata. Trafione w 10.
henneberke (0) 2005-03-09 16:41
Really nice texture and colors. Also a nice composition. Great work!
adelage (149) 2005-04-12 16:21
Superb! This is one of the best pictures I have seen on this site! It must have been a wonderful moment. Thanks for sharing.
scorfel (4294) 2005-04-14 9:21
Très belle photo.
sengir (4956) 2005-04-14 19:25
this one is absolutely stunning, this dramatic light is incredible, perfect..
zenitlady (221) 2005-04-20 12:10
What great DOF! Love the glowering sky and the luck you had in capturing this scene before the sun disappeared! Great detail on the Yurts, good notes too! Well done on this dramatic photo!
Tibetix (0) 2005-04-20 15:24
Perfect contrast... This is really good work !
Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Cengiz
Cruize (0) 2005-05-01 3:15
Another brilliant photo from you Jonathan. The contrast of the yurts against the dark sky is awesome.
nygus (8178) 2005-05-08 14:33
well, all has been said. amazing light
david1306 (126) 2005-05-16 11:49
Magnifique image. Le soleil eclaire encore ces yourtes et derrière on voit l'orage arriver... j'espère que ces habitations sont étanches. Bravo /David/
simozaur (2448) 2005-05-21 11:26
I like this amzing contrast, just great...
capthaddock (28790) 2005-06-14 9:22
very "yakhshi" as the kyrgyz would say, the light, colours and contrast are outstanding, fab job.
danbachmann (1746) 2005-06-22 6:48
Lovely capture with the unique light.
This is a place (or a place like this in the stans or Mongolia) is somewhere I'd really like to visit.
banyanman (7789) 2005-06-26 9:41
A stunning photograph Jonathan! I have tried so many times to take interesting pictures of yurts and gers, with disappointing results. But here you have produced a real work of art. If I had tried taking this shot, I probably would have over-exposed it compared to what you have done, so I have learnt a lot from this picture in terms of managing the exposure.
rutti (249) 2005-07-10 15:17
Very special picture, I added it to my favourites. Somehow I feel that those two yurts are really mysterious and I so much want to visit this place. Amazing light conditions and well captured. Good notes too!
mviktor (101) 2005-07-18 2:01
Very dramatic. Great shot.
designsoul (21492) 2005-07-27 12:49
Exquisite. The lighting... I am in awe.
sleon (9402) 2005-07-31 15:07
The lighting here certainly is stunning. The picture has an out-of-this world feel - absolutely amazing. Fantastic shot!
Elric (560) 2005-08-04 21:16
Amazing colours and contrast. Very interesting and original (for me at least) theme. Good work!
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-05 13:15
Dramatic lightmood in this great shot!
Very well composed with excellent use of the space.The colors and contrasts are just great.
Have a nice weekend,
aga77 (135) 2005-08-12 11:13
all I can say is: what a great pic. Incredible contrast, great light and very good compo.
aznegrao (10316) 2005-08-16 13:35
Excelente atmosfera nesta composição. Linda luz, cores e contrastes. Gosto desse trabalho.
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-08-24 11:38
splendid light and colours
dsidwell (9783) 2005-09-08 21:58
The light in this photo immediately caught my eye, Jonathan! Getting the light on the yurts and the dark sky is good timing, and if your timing was lucky, then a good eye! Very nice work.
jafadabret (56501) 2005-09-09 2:15
Quel relief ! Ces deux Yourtes sont éclairées comme par des sunlights sur un fond de ciel bleu nuit. Merci pour le partage.
DaveMacPhee (1140) 2005-09-23 17:55
I love this shot. Such absolutly fantastic light. Very dramatic.
chappy77 (306) 2005-09-24 5:47
Very moody shot with the dark clouds, but the bright huts give it some happiness as well.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-10-04 17:14
I must have missed this picture when it came out. I dont know what to say that hasnt been said before, but what a fantastic view. THis place is one of the most spectacular places I have ever been to, but I gotta keep it in my memory cause I ddint take any picture as good as this.
cg134new (581) 2005-10-04 18:05
klyee75 (778) 2005-10-04 21:15
This is amazing.....rich with yellow colours and dark background which brings out the two yurts and the perspective view looks good too.
BlaiseCendrars (0) 2005-12-21 12:35
Jonathan! This is one of the best photos I have seen here. You made excellent use of the poor weather in your photo. The contrasting light is stunning and the way you get the traditional yurts into this light play is masterful. I thought I was blessed with sunshine and perfectly blue skies when I visited Song-Kul, but you have made me rethink now! Best regards and Merry Christmas! Chris
riclopes (35577) 2006-01-10 3:47
You so many excellent photos in your gallery!
This is not the first photo I see from this place, but these yurts, fascinate me, as if this was a scene from anciant times. The shot is great, with good sharpness and a magic lighting. The effect on the sky, described in your note, is very nice and I like the detail of the white line of the horizon, dividing the lake from the sky.
It's a superb image!
Didi (60346) 2006-05-13 4:21
Very good playng with the lights.
The clear tents gave an under exposition to the background and that's gave a very nice dramatic composition.
kittyhawk (1712) 2006-06-26 0:42
Very nice photo, I really like the composition and colors. I allso like the PoV. Very nice work. Thank you for sharing this image.
yella (0) 2006-09-19 8:40
beautyfull sky and light. Brilliant!
Albrecht (11281) 2006-09-19 9:07
What a special scene and light and colours. Interesting to see this one.
Silversnow (2319) 2008-04-09 13:26
GReat timing on the two halves of the sky.
I wonder how it would look like if you have a POV further afield, it might prove a different & interesting conposition too.
- Copyright: Jonathan Wilson (jbweasle) (9393)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-08-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Minolta Riva ZOOM 125EX
- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2004-11-01 15:20
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