One on in a series of pictures taken on a stormy afternoon in the Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple complex in the town of Ayer Itam in Penang.
Kek Lok Si is the largest such complex in Penang. The buildings that make up the complex are a mixture of Chinese, Burmese and Thai styles.
The construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.
The primary benefactor of the Kek Lok Si Temple in 1906 was Kapitan Chung Keng Quee.
In 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.
The complex is still being developed. In 2002, a 30.2m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue.
(Above courtesy of Wikipedea)
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jurek1951 (42194) 2014-02-24 0:52
a splendid photo of this beautiful interior, the composition is very nice, great clarity and details,
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-24 1:09
A beautiful view of this elegant statue of Lord Buddha. Like the rich golden colours shine and lustre on the statue. The statue is very well framed by the intricate artwork. Nicely done, thanks for sharing.
Royaldevon (33381) 2014-02-24 1:19
Good Morning Stephen,
What is immediately eye-catching about your shot is the burnished gold textures. The light has picked up the textures so well that the contrasts between the raised, smooth figures the hammered b/g is so evident. A fine indoor shot taken under difficult lighting conditions.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-24 3:15
always impressed with these places of worship as they seem so immaculate and well cared for and this one illustrates that point beautifully. The light and detailing here are captivating. Spellbinding imagery!
Have a good week - B.
adidas5nb (5685) 2014-02-24 3:33
this is beautiful.like the difficult light conditions and how you have managed it so nicely to make this pic come alive.
Sergiom (67322) 2014-02-24 5:46
J'aime beaucoup la texture de cette composition ainsi que la gestion de la lumière très difficile. Le cadrage est classique mais efficace.J'aime aussi la saturation des couleurs.
John_F_Kennedy (43413) 2014-02-24 8:04
What a fantastic shot with superb lighting and excellent colours.
ikeharel (62855) 2014-02-24 9:04
Awesome capture, Stephen, an indoor's grandeur of the shrine, in superb vivid golden dominating tone - immaculately collected.
Fine photo, light and clarity are remarable.
williewhistler (15561) 2014-02-24 9:07
you did very well to capture these lovely colours and intricate details so well,it`s a very attractive shot and fills the frame perfectly.
Fis2 (89977) 2014-02-24 9:07
A very curious statue.
Good frame and excellent colours.
carlo62 (38601) 2014-02-24 11:02
ottima esposizione, non certo facile, ma il risultato è ottimo e sono molti i dettagli da osservare con interesse.
batalay (36948) 2014-02-24 17:56
The light management could not be better in this photograph. It's a simple symmetric composition featuring the Buddha. The background appears to be made of hammered copper, creating the shimmering reflections.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-24 21:40
That's a superb click.
The shine will hold on for eternity.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-25 2:13
Interesting Golden Buddha, you have captured it well and super mood considering the low light.
Great colours, and informative note of this and the Temple.
Thought spring had arrived yesterday, 13c and sunny, but alas gales and rain today, can but hope for better to come.
Cricri (111339) 2014-02-26 0:38
Un cadrage précis, bien présenter sous une lumière difficile et bien gérée, excellent rendu des détails et des couleurs, belle présentation et note
delpeoples (55086) 2014-03-03 1:07
I like the tight framing here and the way you managed the difficult light conditions. The gold tones are really lovely. What a fabulous subject, beautifully photographed.
Well done, thanks for sharing