A late afternoon shot in Swayambhunath, one of the most famous ancient religious complex atop a hill in Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. Always thick with monks & pilgrims, it is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. The woman was not a pilgrim but a seller of butter candles that caught my attention obviously she became my prime candidate to complement the whole capture.
Butter candles are used in nearly every Nepalese temple, household and altar for religious purposes. The light from the flame symbolizes the wisdom of the awakened mind, dispelling the darkness of delusion and mental obscuration. Offering them creates harmony, promotes success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind. I bet when you are in Nepal, you will not pass by any house that does not use butter candles, an integral part of Nepalese lives.
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Morac (27683) 2014-08-28 7:39
Belles couleurs et belle composition avec cette femme au premier plan.
pajaran (53334) 2014-08-28 9:03
Interesantan tekst o hramu, lep pogled na zenu u narodnoj nosnji ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan deo hrama i portret zene.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the temple, a beautiful view of a woman in traditional costume ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown part of the temple and the portrait of a woman.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
Fis2 (87403) 2014-08-28 9:23
I like this daily life.
Curious POV and composition.
Good colors and light.
I like it.
macjake (57888) 2014-08-28 10:21
yes you're right, she does complement the scene well.
in fact in my opinion, she's the star of the show.
when i view the photo as a whole, my eyes are drawn to her immediately, and the architecture is secondary.
So actually, now that i think about it...the temple compliments the lady very well :) haha
Waylim (25368) 2014-08-28 10:30
Beautiful photo that combined both wonderful architecture of the very traditional Tibetan style temple and the inclusion of the merchant in the foreground adds daily life gendre to the image, the motion blur of the monks walking in circle around the temple adds also the religious and cultural element to the image. The evening light adds also wonderful mood to the image.
Noel_Byrne (25748) 2014-08-28 10:41
Fascinating note, this is the first time I have heard of butter candles. And what a beauty of a shot too, the upwards view makes the temple very majestic, but the woman is the real life, and you timed this perfectly to capture her as she in this position in the frame. The monks behind have a brilliant blur of motion in them, and it's almost like this lady and you made time stand still within your space, just for enough time to capture this.anoth beauty, thanks as always.
carlo62 (35300) 2014-08-28 15:20
un ottimo pov e una bella foto, molto particolare e originale.
La donna ha completato perfettamente il quadro, diventando il soggetto principale di una bella composizione.
lousat (79151) 2014-08-28 15:34
The title talk himself,the choice of point of view makes the difference! Truly beautiful this imposing perspective under the temple,great 3D effect and the usual top quality of colors,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Cricri (108729) 2014-08-28 22:45
En effet le regard est attirée vers la personne, bien que l'architecture est intéressante aussi, mais la personne, sa position , son regard vole la vedette, belle scène de vie
shreya2000 (1282) 2014-08-28 23:01
This is another very good picture from your side. You must have to work hard to get this picture. The lady is selling Diyas in front of the temple and the monks are circling the temple complest which is a tradition. Colours are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (50414) 2014-08-28 23:41
Spectacular POV to catch this portrait. Very original work, love it.
Nicou (125180) 2014-08-29 3:08
quel portrait de cette dame superbe quel habit rouge et l'effet de cadrage avec la coupole ronde ces dorures superbe vue et image.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (33535) 2014-08-29 6:14
this picture looks like such a spontaneous and fast capture, very close to the human subject, very dynamic and with a wide and interesting background that impresses the viewer. I would consider this photo a portrait because the lady attracts our attention instantly, has a very interesting expression and her hands are so well photographed too. The colours are wonderful and the atmosphere feels surprisingly intimate. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
ikeharel (59593) 2014-08-29 11:51
I feel to be learning new stuff on TE every other day, Abmdsudi. This time is all about the butter-candles, never knew there is such a candle.
About the picture, you took it from a low POV upwards, with the woman-seller taking most the attention - but also the shrine behind.
well presented photo. Cheers fr that.
Have a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (125685) 2014-08-29 12:48
Ciao Abndsudi, beautiful composition with lovely woman and fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
danos (88303) 2014-08-30 0:36
nice the snapshot from the ancient religious complex of Swayambhunath,with the woman seller of butter candles to be placed perfect in the frame.I like the whole presentation with the Nepalese temple to dominating on the backdrop of the scene.
eldancer1 (29473) 2014-08-30 9:20
Southeast Asian culture and religion always intrigue me, I wish I could go to that part of the world for documentation. Maybe someday. Your posts are beautifully presented and very educational, great information. TFS.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-31 2:19
Beautiful composition with the candle seller and the traditional architecture that makes a great background and sets up the context nicely. It immediately makes me want to visit the place :). Lovely colours and sharpness as always. Very enjoyable picture and thanks for sharing it.
have a nice Sunday
adramad (39154) 2014-08-31 7:57
A stunning composition, this capture from below, raising the prospect of the great stupa of the temple, including the picture of this woman in the foreground, gives great strength to this beautiful composition.
A magnificent photo, beautiful natural colors, bright light and excellent sharpness.
You enjoy Sunday night, and a good start to the week.
delpeoples (53665) 2014-08-31 22:32
Ciao dear Abmdsudi
I feel like this lovely lady is about to jump through the screen at me. She is so close and so full of life. The excellent sharpness, depth and beautiful colours are the reason for that, no doubt/ Your wide angle lens has worked some magic here and the image is helped by the clouds which increase perspective. Superb work, and a very original shot, as always.
adores (38707) 2014-09-02 16:58
I like this one a lot, it's one of those original shots only one can take. I like the low pov and the way you captured the temple, but also the seller and the candles in foreground. They really add life and colour to the place. Very well managed light!
COSTANTINO (57295) 2014-09-03 22:39
Hello dear friend
I love visiting your gallery because every shot
from you is a real story describing a different
life and tradition I am suprised reading
that it is also known as the Monkey Temple
as there are holy monkeys living in the
north west parts of the temple
welldone in your personal style
Angshu (56190) 2014-09-04 2:41
Another of your hip shots I would presume, looking at the upward angle...the viewer becomes very involved as if one is into the shot. The lady's face is quite interesting for an expression and the BG of the giant stupa makes this immediately recognizable as a location
mcmtanyel (14567) 2014-09-09 21:50
This composition is an excellent mixture of people in the f/g and architecture in the b/g. Vivid and rich (all puns intended) colors.
aliabazari (15997) 2014-09-14 21:37
Hi abmdsudi dear
A good view of the old lady in the background and combining it with beautiful architecture. Composition and lighting is well done. Thank you for recording this nice picture
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-09-26 8:38
This is very atmospheric Abmdsudi. I love your low viewpoint which has allowed you to capitalise on the richly dressed, butter lamp seller and her wares. The blur of monks progressing around the stupa adds another layer of interest. Fabulous DL shot.
tatadalou (6727) 2014-10-05 1:59
Nice composition, the low POV and the woman in the foreground give some more life. I like your choice of exposure that provides a little movement behind the woman.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (44800)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-02-20
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-28 7:30