One from the archives today and a different POV to one Benny Verbercht posted recently Here
Galyhare, also known as the Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge is an outdoor rock wall in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, where giant standing and reclining sculptures of the Buddha were carved out of the rock face during the reign of a twelfth century king - a huge task, when one considers it was accomplished with nothing but manual labour. The most imposing statue measuring 46 feet in length is the Reclining Buddha. The details in the rock are beautiful and the sculptures exercised skill and an artistic eye when creating this sculpture.
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tyro (15711) 2012-01-06 6:32
Imagine having this gem locked away in your archives for over two years!
This is a lovely picture, quite different from your usual landscape masterpieces, but extremely well composed and with excellent depth of field, sharpness and detail. The lighting is wonderful and, on balance, I prefer it to Benny's although that is a fine picture too. Lovely colours too.
sevy (14301) 2012-01-06 6:47
Good the point of view you selected. It is giving a balance composition, but more important, playing with the lightning, it evidences the texture and colors of the stone.
Only point which could be discussed it the cut head of the statue in background. But I understand your idea was more to focus on the foreground sleeping Buddha.
npecanhuk (56368) 2012-01-06 7:51
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, management of light and colors!
TFS - congrats,
williewhistler (9853) 2012-01-06 12:29
the workmanship needed to produce these sculptures is evident from the fine amount of detail that you have captured,your low POV shows off the patterns and texture really well.
Best regards Les.
Royaldevon (21463) 2012-01-06 12:58
Your shot has a completely different composition and effect from Benny's. Your is extremely brave and it works. This shot allows the viewer to experience and enjoy the shape, the textures and thesubtle tones of the statue. For me, it is an excellent composition.
My warm regards,
federico (1603) 2012-01-06 14:27
hello rosemary, wonderfull shot, great light management and outstanding figure, the carved rock has so many differents tones and you managed to get them
jjcordier (67226) 2012-01-06 22:34
Une excellente photo de ce grand bouddha couché. Un POV intéressant et une belle qualité d'image.
bukitgolfb301 (32638) 2012-01-07 0:34
Hi my dear Rosemary
Yes coming your own style shot. Perfect framework and reasonable composition. Great appraoch of wide focus and enhancement of the vertical lines, so nice.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have the good frist Saturady of 2012!
Takero from sunny cold Tokyo
dkmurphys (42493) 2012-01-07 1:42
An interesting and unusual capture. Love the texture of the statue and the blue tone. It looks cold and mysterious.
Well seen, enjoy the weekend.
timecapturer (37068) 2012-01-07 3:06
such an amazing shot of this Buddah! Extraordinary clarity so that all the lines and textures stand out so distinctly. It is a glorious mixture of light and shade and captures the mood so perfectly. I love it!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-01-08 11:09
This beautiful image is spectacular, and remarkably achieved. I love this view, and sharpness of detail. A beautiful light and soft colors. Bravo.
Have a nice day
leo61 (0) 2012-01-08 11:13
Good depth and I like the blueish tones her and the quality of this photo.
bornav (446) 2012-01-08 20:44
Beautiful image, great angle and good use of lines, which have resulted in fine depth of field.
a similar sculpture also exists in the sacred Buddhist Ajanta caves of western India, but it's not aesthetically as beautiful as this.
Wanda1 (14362) 2012-01-10 23:36
I like to see the patterns engraved into the stone of the Buddha, and I can imagine to to have shaped it must have taken a long time. A good angle to get the reclining statue all in with a tight crop.
sacimar (25969) 2012-02-01 6:38
this is an impressive sculpture, I like your image, the composition is interesting with the angle you chose, details are superb, well seen,
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2012-05-13 8:57
That is an impressive carving indeed, and I love the amount of detail that gone into forming the lines that criss cross its form. I also really like the beautiful blue tones through the picture, and your POV. Thanks for sharing.