This is where I spent New Year's Day. These are the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, a location very important to the Hindu people of Malaysia. To the right of the frame you can see the 42.7 metre high statue of Lord Murugan. On the left of the frame you can see the 272 steps that lead to the caves. New Year's Day must be a significant date in the Hindu calendar as there were many pilgrims climbing those stairs. And yes, I climbed them too...eventually. The heat and humidity were incredible, but it was certainly worth it.
The caves were first discovered by Chinese fossickers in the early 1860s and their existence was formally recorded by Colonial authorities in 1878.
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jjcordier (77014) 2012-02-21 6:21
La composition en deux parties est originale avec tout ce petit peuple entrant ou sortant dans la grotte, "surveillé" par cette immense statue dorée (qui n'a pas échappé aux échafaudages!).
tyro (20778) 2012-02-21 6:23
What a wonderfully interesting note! Were you puffed out by the time you got to the top of all those steps or were you just totally fossicked? What a fabulous word which I confess I have never heard before in all my years, but one to add to my vocabulary!
Well I'm pleased that I was fossicking in TE just now because otherwise I shouldn't have found this treasure. And what a beautifully composed and well balanced picture it is, the huge golden statue nicely balanced by the never-ending steps on the left with their hordes of worshippers. The textures and detail, especially in those threatening overhanging rocks, are superb. Lovely colours, perfect exposure and absolutely exquisite detail and sharpness.
sevy (15365) 2012-02-21 6:25
Impressive shot! Your choice of composition in the vertical frame, opposing the giant statue to the stairs and the tiny people was perfect to share the idea of the size.
BennyV (13848) 2012-02-21 6:37
I've been in Malaysia a few times, but somehow never made it to the Batu Caves. That's what happens if you travel slow and want to try all the restaurants. ;)
Classic view/pov - this looks like a fine place to celebrate the new year.
Chinese fossicking rules!
danos (87931) 2012-02-21 6:54
very nice this panoramic shot from the celebration of the New year,with the lot of people to ascend the 272 stairs lead-in to the caves.The statue of Lord Murugan on the right completes perfectly the image.Well done.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-02-21 6:57
perfettamente bilanciata l'immagine nel grande rapporto tra la lunga scalinata e l'enorme statua.
Hai tenuto a bada ottimamente la luce facendo brillare l'oro di Lord Murugan :))
Un abbraccio da tutti noi e dalla Sicilia
dkmurphys (50222) 2012-02-21 7:07
The impressive golden statue along with the stairs are making an interesting scene. Good work, very original.
Enjoy a fine day.
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-02-21 8:25
Hello Lisa - I'm pleased to hear that you made merit at the start of the New Year. Climbing these steps is a lot more taxing that kneeling in Church! I'd love to see this place, I find SE Asian religious sites fascinating in their perfect gaudiness. Impressive statue and well placed within the vertical frame allowing us to see the masses of other merit-making folk. Take care Rosemary
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-02-21 8:46
Ola Lisa ,
Enorme este estátua dourada deste deus com quase 43 metros , lugar é bem movimentado de turistas , bom ponto de visão , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Waylim (25362) 2012-02-21 10:21
Piece of cake, even a thousand steps, you just skipping and hopping up those stair in a song. Very cool shot, the size of the giant statues really show just how small the people are or how big the statue is. Good perspective and excellent quality.
This will fit very nicely next month Theme on PF. I would love to see this one as an example for the theme.
ruisc_pt (10890) 2012-02-21 10:43
I'm wondering how those caves look like.
The compo is impressive... the way you frame the statue in relation to the stairs gives us a perfect sense of the sizes...
m00n (2259) 2012-02-21 11:17
Man is so small ... and the world has such a huge ...
I love this kind of contrasts ...
ktanska (25076) 2012-02-21 11:57
New Year's Resolution to do some exercize? Check!
That statue is huge! And like everything in this world it obviously needs some maintenance to stay pristine.
Well divided frame. Those stone features clearly tell there's caves up there.
francio64 (38481) 2012-02-21 13:23
Ciao cara Lisù,
bellissima questa statua dorata.
Sembra enorme se rapportata alle persone dietro di essa.
Persone che danno vita e movimento alla scena.
Ben gestita la luce e ottimo lo sharp.
TFS! Ti auguro una bella giornata!
vasilpro (40943) 2012-02-21 14:06
Wonderful composition, impressive golden giant statue, interesting place, beautiful view, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, TfS!
diomed (13926) 2012-02-21 14:30
una composizione organizzata in due parti: la statua in primo piano, imponente e ieratica, la scalinata, dal forte impatto grafico, dove si affollano i fedeli. Un interessante, personalissimo reportage dalla Malesia di grande qualità, come sempre.
MJR (3360) 2012-02-21 15:02
A striking composition, with the parallel images of the statue and the steps beside. They work well together and show what ants we are beside the glory of the deity,( whomsoever he may be for each of us )
Nevermind that your pov and perspective is singularly favouring the statue in the size stakes, he is still an impressive fellow. ( Bet you were mad as amd about the scaffolding..
Pleased you made it to the top, you would have been so cross to get back home and merely be able to say you wished you had ! Even if you were totally fossicked afterward.
kordinator (19174) 2012-02-21 16:35
Nice view of the staircase leading to the temple cave, full of people.
Beautiful Hindu statue in the foreground.
Nicely balanced composition with fine colors and interesting lighting.
Great informative note.
adores (38224) 2012-02-21 16:36
It seems a really impressive place!The statue seems huge compared to the people in background. It's a really good composition!And it seems the Caves have lots of visitors!
bayno (18342) 2012-02-21 19:43
impressionante questa statua, hai composto benissimo la tua foto...affiancando il Lord (che a prima vista mi sembrava Shiva) alla scalinata, con un solo scatto hai reso benissimo l'idea del posto e della situazione, sei stata molto brava a gestire la luce...sicuramente la statua rifletteva e dava bagliori, perfetta l'esposizione...bè i scalini non erano poi cosi tanti...ma vista l'umidità ti capisco perfettamente ehehehe
emka (80936) 2012-02-21 23:37
ciao cara Lisa,
I have seen many huge statues but usually it was Buddha. And who is Lord murugan? I nteresting photo composed of the two parts - the gold monuumnet and the stairs. 272 steps - it is not so many. In Burma we had long stairs very often and then had to go bare (itchy) feet. And I was not fossicked. Stunning sharpness and colours.
Warmhave a nice evening (I just start the day..)
jusninasirun (17160) 2012-02-22 0:22
You are lucky to be here during the New Year. You captured excellent beauty of the place with the sharp statue and very good details of the people in the background. It is a good climb and I hope you had a good time there as much as taking great pictures.
Thanks and have a nice evening.
ChrisJ (100136) 2012-02-22 1:05
The big golden statue at right is new & wasn't there when I visited 10 years ago. The people on the stairs add scale. Are there still monkeys in the trees? This is the same geology as Yangshuo Guilin in China with the karst peaks & caves. Tfs!
lousat (78455) 2012-02-22 1:17
Ciao Lisa,davvero impressionanti le dimensioni di questa mega statua dorata,l'inserimento delle persone ci da' l'esatta percezione della sua grandezza,magnifica cattura con dettagli e colori brillantissimi! Buonanotte,Luciano
shevchenko (19541) 2012-02-22 2:49
Good vertical format to frame the huge statue and background mountain, coincided that I just posted a photo of cave temple too, but I know Batu Cave is famous and bigger than the cave that I introduce in my latest post, I went to Batu Caves while I'm 9 years old, today Batu Caves is become more beautiful and attractive after built in more temples and statues, thanks for sharing.
danyy (0) 2012-02-22 3:15
il n'y a que dans les pays d'Asie orientale qu'on peut voir de telles splendeurs, dont on aurait eu difficile d'estimer la taille sans cet arrière plan impressionnant.
Dommage pour ces échafaudages.
peppe59 (14551) 2012-02-22 4:24
una bellissima immagine curata nei particolari, eccellente la scelta del POV ad includere la scalinata, molto bella e molto interessante.
saluti e bacioni
npecanhuk (66894) 2012-02-22 5:10
Impressive place with wonderful golden statue!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-22 6:01
what a stunning composition. Such an amazing contrast of scale. It is so effective in making the statue so imposing. Beautifully sharp and full of such wonderfully texturing light. Glorious!
Regards - Brian.
ikeharel (58929) 2012-02-22 7:27
I was waiting for this picture, Lisa.
A fabulous photojob done, great contrast with gold on rocks, super sharp image showing the stairs ( no escalator...) all from a perfect POV.
Good night from Israel,
angel66 (1006) 2012-02-22 8:52
in questa foto sei riuscita a rappresentare l'uomo, la natura, la religione (e il sacrificio!! eheh)! E' una foto interessante, di 'cultura' che racconta... Tecnicamente rimango incantata. Ciao bella!
macjake (57468) 2012-02-22 12:34
this place is looking very familiar, i think Tosca may have shown me a photo of her time here when she was a teenager.
for obvious reasons, i like having all the people scaling the stairs for that all important size scale.
and there is a strange perspective going on too....you have a totally vertical subject standing very tall, and a secondary subject creating depth deeper into the bg but starting at the same point as that tall subject.
if you really think about it, we often don't see such contrasts - i know bridges create long depth lines, but we don't normally have a very tall erect subject infront of the bridge.
all in all a cool perspective.
enjoy your day,see you around
Francesco got me onto that other new photo website!
mohammad_H (9532) 2012-02-23 1:08
Beautiful light golden color with a beautifully sculpted rocks and the fact that you're quite the master of the field depicted
Have a nice day
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-02-24 4:05
سلام دوست من
در جای زیبایی واقع شده
Silvio1953 (124687) 2012-02-24 7:22
Ciao Lisa, bella composizione con la statua dorata in primo piano e tanti pellegrini a salir le scale, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e bei colori naturali, brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
batalay (35791) 2012-02-27 9:48
The scale is so very different in the two halves of the scene that it resembles a diptych of two separate images. Forty-two meters is about 25 times the height of the average person. I had no idea when I visited Kuala Lumpur in 2000 that this site existed nearby.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-03-01 6:10
This place should definitely visit. The people adds a nice scale in front the huge statue.
The pov is excellent, from what part captures the place?
Noel_Byrne (25308) 2012-05-11 12:00
Truly wonderful composition with the beautiful statue making the people look so small and innocuous. It puts a wonderful sense of scale to our beliefs, and of course, what a wonderful statue as well! TFS!
fritzi007 (6619) 2013-01-20 4:36
fantastic design with very good comment, certainly a hot dream place!
Wish you a good time