This is the gopuram or tower of the Sri Mahamariamman temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is the oldest place of Hindu worship in the country, originally built in 1873 and this tower was completed in 1972 in the south Indian style. It stands 22.9 metres and includes 228 different idols, all created by S.T. Muniapppa who oversaw work by a group of artisans from South India.
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yquem46 (38750) 2012-02-15 3:03
nice shot of this temple, so impressive as shot from low angle with a long upward perspective
This is the kind of temple so typical of southern India ( I was calling them the Mickey temples) and I was not expecting to see one in Malaysia
have a nice day
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-15 3:11
Mahamariamma is a Hindu Goddess specially worshiped in Tamil Nadu. She is a protector and manifestation of Parvati. I see this lovely gopuram with many idols. I like this upward shot rising to the horizon. The image is very colorful, sharp and well lit.
bayno (18344) 2012-02-15 3:17
Ciao Lisuzza, questo tempio è spettacolare, appena l'ho visto ho pensato subito all'India del Sud e poi ho letto la tua nota, eh si ci sono proprio tutti...come si dice...la Sacra Famiglia.
Favoloso il tuo POV e la tua inquadratura simmetrica, molto belli anche i colori e un cielo meraviglioso, una nitidezza tagliente, Brava...
buona serata, Valter
ikeharel (62061) 2012-02-15 4:38
An outstanding upwards view on the 228(counted, for sure...)idoles, with an immaculate clearity and grand colors & contrast.
Amazing sight, and you probably could not taken this from a farther POV - yet we can see every item on.
Fine shot, Cheers,
Zengi001 (2725) 2012-02-15 4:49
Nice upward perspective, a lot of details to see, good shot.
Have a nice day,
mauro61 (52631) 2012-02-15 4:53
interessante questo POV dal basso che rende imponente la facciata riccamente decorata.
Ottima la resa dei colori con il cielo azzurro di fondo.
un caro saluto
sevy (15367) 2012-02-15 5:12
I previously discovered this temple on TE and I admit it is a strong photo subject.
Naturally, I would have handle this in vertical frame, but your choice of horizontal frame is worth as using the empty sky to get an homogeneous background which is contrasting with the high density of details on the temple's front.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-02-15 5:36
Ola Lisa ,
Bela sensação de altura com esta torre cheia de estátuas de deuses os detalhes e cores são lindo , boa simetria de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (66163) 2012-02-15 5:37
I like the point of view a lot. Also the two converging diagonales who reach the sky. A very fine quality in the details and the colors without any distorsion.
Have a good day
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-15 5:38
Hello Dear Lisa
this is fascinating and I love your POV it is so perfect. All so sharp and colourful, there is so much to look at here and the intricate details so intriguing. Accomplished imagery and a really powerful presentation. Stunning!
Regards - Brian.
sacimar (26201) 2012-02-15 6:09
..and did you count all of them?.... great image, I like the graphism, the temple is really impressive, you chose a good perspective, well done,
jjcordier (78388) 2012-02-15 6:13
Une décoration vraiment étonnante et exubérante sur ce temple qui est rendu impressionnant par ton cadrage en contreplongée.
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-02-15 7:55
magnifica facciata, ricca di decorazioni e colori, esaltata dalla prospettiva dal basso e dal contrasto con uno splendido cielo blu.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-02-15 9:17
سلام دوست من
از نظرات خوب شما متشکرم در جواب سوال شما
باید بگویم بله صابر از بستگان من است
در مورد عکس شما باید بگویم نمای خیلی عالی تبریک
jemaflor (88737) 2012-02-15 12:15
Good effect with this well angle to take the monument, good sharpness to see all the statues on this temple, good contrast too.
brianmcc (6219) 2012-02-15 12:56
even in the thumbnail this is a superb picture. your viewpoint is perfect to create the intreging perspective we see here with the tower reaching up to the sky. the detail in the tower is fascinating and your picture captures it very well. the deep blue sky frames the tower perfectly and the faint little wispy cloud adds the finishing touch to the sky.
have a great day,
siudzi (34131) 2012-02-15 14:22
Wow! What an awesome architecture! Really outstanding image taken from a well selected point of view to provide us with such an unique result. Bravo! Thanks for sharing.
npecanhuk (69476) 2012-02-15 16:23
Very nice and interesting temple!
I love all those colors!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov and symmetrical composition are all excellent too!
TFS - congrats,
tyro (21748) 2012-02-15 16:26
A very interesting note and a beautiful photograph with which to illustrate it!
You have done extremely well to manage the lighting and exposure here, shooting almost vertically upwards and with the sky as the only background. But the sky is a lovely blue and almost completely cloudless and the idols and the other details on this tall structure are all perfectly seen in their varied colours.
Exceptional sharpness and depth of field and a fine symmetrical composition.
adores (40330) 2012-02-15 17:52
At first, I thought this was in India:)!Good quality shot, with a perfect pov, sharpness and colours!These two horses in foreground are just great!
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-02-15 19:31
This is a well captured image against the spotless blue Malaysia sky. I am amazed at the length of time prior to completion in 1972. I'm sure that all the statues are in great details as shown in this fine image.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
emka (85127) 2012-02-15 23:58
beutiful gopura, with so many idols and colours. I saw many similar when I was in South India. At first I was impressed by all the colours, than i prederred rather just stone. Excellent view from low POV.
angel66 (1006) 2012-02-16 0:26
che occhio che hai! Lo usi come la mano esperta di un chirurgo per il taglio perfetto! Complimenti! Chiaramente te sei più brava del chirurgo perchè alla perfezione aggiungi perfetti colori e dettagli interessanti. :-)
danos (89855) 2012-02-16 1:03
very nice the chosen POV of the tower of the Sri Mahamariamman temple with all these 228 different idols to cover it perfect making the shot so beautiful and unique.I like the clarity of the image as the blue of the sky.
dkmurphys (52177) 2012-02-16 4:39
What a great POV you had to illustrate this impressive artwork. A little bit kitschy but it sure captures the attention.
Enjoy a fine day.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-16 8:03
Ciao Ma chère Lisuzza-san,
I think with the tower constructed with a perfect symmetry, the choice of this framing, is the right one. With the single focal 35mm lens, one could achieve a perfectly distortion free image. The mildly accentuated perspective is very nice to see in the photo. All the details of this tower are so meticulous that one can call it as an intricate texture. Under the almost perfect blue sky, the well-articulated surface of the tower comes to life. Our eyes tend to see what is out there with the contrast rather than the resolution. (It took me more than 20 years to realize this) This image is an excellent proof of this particular tendency. The photo with its perspective and the stability of the tower is gorgeous, I like the image very much.
With my very best and kind regards,
It is almost weekend!! Lisuzza-san
mkamionka (32297) 2012-02-16 8:13
wow, very interesting structure. Never seen anything like that before. Great symmetrical composition, pleasant pyramid like effect.
The details seem fascinating. One could stare at that forever trying to follow what is going on up there.
peppe59 (14551) 2012-02-16 10:20
un POV ricercato e debbo dire fantasticamente riuscito, c'è modo e modo di fotografare, guardando le tue foto c'è sempre molto da imparare.
complimenti qualità eccellente.
un grande bacione
ruisc_pt (10892) 2012-02-16 12:42
I'm impressed with this one Lisa,
The edges are superb as the details as well.
francio64 (39675) 2012-02-16 13:48
Ciao cara Lisù,
ricchezza di colori e di dettagli che ben si vedono grazie all'ottimo sharp.
Luce ben gestita e bel taglio!
Well done! TFS!
lousat (81606) 2012-02-16 14:03
Ciao Lisa,ho una foto quasi uguale fatta in Srilanka a Colombo..ehehe..pero' molto meno bella della tua,ci sono stato quando si andava ancora col rullino..hehehe...prospettiva imponente e grandi colori e dettagli.Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano
mesutilgim (88472) 2012-02-17 14:30
Very nice capture of this Malaysian heritage !
Very good pov and amazing colors.
Many nice hidden details.
TFS and have a great weekend
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-02-17 18:40
Very nice presentation, love the title of this image! Wonderful exposition on the details of this temple, clarity and sharpness is well evident, great work!
Nice POV and excellent framework!
literally "warm" regards
ChrisJ (103503) 2012-02-17 23:13
Now this KL landmark I know, but I was never as successful photographing it as you were, here. Good upward pov with excellent sharpness & contrasted lighting. Good color & saturation with a wonderful blue sky. Kl seems to have more smog than clear skies like this so you were lucky. Good linear perspective too with excellent symmetry. Tfs!
jimkil (1706) 2012-02-17 23:53
This is crazy nut photogenic at the same time, I love the upward POV and perspective on this. Strong colours to my taste indeed, fantatsic detail.
Regards from the dark side of the ditch
sabermonajati (10249) 2012-02-18 0:37
marvelous architecture you captured.
Atousa (7131) 2012-02-18 2:30
Your pov has been great to show us the idols of this temple; so impressive!.. a very detailed shot with fine colors n composition.. very well done.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
dale54 (6707) 2012-02-18 3:21
wow,what a very interesting pic! hi lisa.oh,yes this is a great pic,love it!thanks for the great note too! tfs! have a great day! dr
Silvio1953 (129256) 2012-02-18 4:04
Ciao Lisa, gran bel POV sulla fantastica architettura, ottima nitidezza e splendid colori, magnifico contrasto col cielo azzurro e piacevole simmetria, brava, buon week end, un abbraccio Silvio
macjake (60564) 2012-02-18 9:12
now this is an interesting post.
this is one of those shots where you think to yourself, i really need to see this in person too.
so if this is 23 metres, than its only about 70 feet tall?
wow, seems alot taller than that in the photo, guess its the perspective of the lens - it looks 200 feet tall, funny how deceptive that is.
love the colors, the numerous idols, and just the overall fact that we can look at this photo 10 times and find 10 new things each time.
enjoy the weekend
Waylim (25368) 2012-02-19 10:03
that is a lot of work going into this. Lot of statues and the style is certainly very Indian. Beautiufl colors. Good perspective and good symetrical composition. Good details and you managed well the strong light.
Angshu (56462) 2012-02-19 22:32
Hello Dear Lisa
The gopurams of South Indian temples are always ornate & richly decorated. The tradition has been carried forward to Malaysia & Singapore. Nice picture with the upward looking POV of the colourful architecture against the clear blue sky
danyy (0) 2012-02-20 4:39
une courte note qui en dit long sur cette merveille d'architecture et de décoration. Un festival de couleurs dans cette contre plongée qui donne beaucoup de panache à cette tour.
korbee (6617) 2012-02-21 7:28
This is vry well done Lisa,Ive tried it the same way in Singapore,but it didnt work out at all ;]],well framed.I think its a typical Isight guide or Lonely planet photo with that deep blue hot sky as a background.
maloutim (9637) 2012-03-23 1:30
Questa foto mi parla claramente, perchè fui in India in febbraio, e vedi molti torri di tempi come questa.
Mi piace tua composizione vista dal basso in alto. Excellente nitidezza degli idoli colorati contro il cielo perfettamente blu.
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2012-05-13 9:05
Fantastic perspective of this most unusual tower. I love the way you have handled the colour, and all set off by that beautiful blue sky.
baddori (20011) 2012-07-18 23:41
la vividezza dei colori ed il tempio si può dire moderno .
Fa pensare a tutti quelli che il tempo ha sottratto il cromatismo e di cui ammiriamo le forme.