One in a series of pictures taken in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a haven of peace after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. With over three hundred Buddhist temples there is much to see and all in relative tranquility. It also offers access to the Golden Triangle and some impressive mountain scenery.
Some information from Wikipedea:
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city lies along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists.
It has recently positioned itself to become a Creative City, and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO. Chiang Mai is the only tourist destination in Thailand to have made it into the 2012 list of "25 Best Destinations in the World" of the popular travel website TripAdvisor, it stands in place 24.
Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.
King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296 on the location of an older city of the Lawa people called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai succeeded Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna kingdom. The ruler was known as the Chao.
The city was surrounded by a moat and a defensive wall, since nearby Burma was a constant threat as well as the armies of the Mongol Empire which only decades earlier had conquered most of Yunnan, China, and in 1292 overran the bordering Thai Lü kingdom of Chiang Hung. Parts of the moat and restored defensive walls are still visible.
With the decline of the Lanna Kingdom, the city lost importance and was occupied by the Burmese in 1556. Chiang Mai formally became part of Siam in 1775 by an agreement with Chao Kavila, after the Thai King Taksin helped drive out the Burmese. Because of the Burmese counterattacks, Chiang Mai was abandoned between 1776 and 1791. Lampang then served as the capital of what remained of Lanna. In the intervening years Chiang Mai has subsequently regained its position, slowly growing in cultural, trading and economic importance to its current status as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, second in importance only to Bangkok.
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carlo62 (43557) 2013-05-09 1:18
che bella questa diagonale rossa.
Una serie di elementi particolarmente curiosi per me.
tedesse (25135) 2013-05-09 1:44
An interesting bell tower, a large number of bells!
Excellent POV and perspective, beautiful colors and light, good sharpness.
Royaldevon (36129) 2013-05-09 2:35
It is so interesting to learn about the history of such diverse and distant places.
You have positioned your camera well for this shot, making a feature from the repeating shapes, whilst also, producing a fine sense of perspective. The colours are particularly eye-catching.
If you reduce the contrast a little, the fine details become even clearer.
Have a lovely day,
lousat (87134) 2013-05-09 2:50
Hi Steph,great capture of the famous bells of Chang Mai taken in a very nice diagonal perspective,i like the bright red in contrast whit the green in background,great details and work in PP too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-09 3:35
flags yesterday and bells today! Another compelling and quite fascinating study. So colourful too! Love it!
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (73406) 2013-05-09 5:04
J'aime beaucoup la répétition des cloches qui appèlent les fidèles aux nombreuses cérémonies dans la région. J'aime la richesse des couleurs sur fond de verdure.
ourania (41234) 2013-05-09 5:11
a wonderful presentation of the bright red constructions and the impressive bells dominating an otherwise calm and simple scenery. I like very much the accentuated perspective of your composition as well as the very effective colour and contrast management that have lead to a most pleasing colourful and vibrant impression. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Urs (14082) 2013-05-09 5:12
Typically Thai I have to say, the ceremonial clocks and the umbrellas. The vibrant red adds a life to the shot, making it even more interesting.I like the diagonal POV very much. Well done
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-09 5:50
altra bella foto scattata in Thailandia che si fa apprezzare per la composizione con la diagonale della struttura delle campane ed i colori che mettono a contrasto il rosso della struttura con il verde della vegetazione.
La tua Thailandia è sempre originale ed ha aspetti particolarmente interessanti. Bravo.
Cioa e buona giornata
Nicou (136148) 2013-05-09 6:42
quelle cloche sueprbe avec les chapeaux rouge fantastique vue et image et ce rouge cette couleur vive quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-09 8:23
Hello Stephen - The reds and greens make for a great contrasting colour display and I like the composition with the strong diagonal placement of the parasols and bells. I agree with Bev that a little detail has been lost in the red paintwork, I wonder if the shot has been a little overexposed or if the problem is with the contrast as she suggests? I see on the histogram the graph extends over both the left and right margins. Pity because it is such a lovely composition. Have a great evening Rosemary
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-09 15:59
Stephen, nice diagonal composition with the parasols and their stands leading back into the image. Well-saturated colors, both the greens and the reds, that provide a lot of great contrast in the shot. Thanks.
Noel_Byrne (29183) 2013-05-10 8:08
A beautiful image to accompany your excellent note. The combination of green and red is very eyecatching and very appealing to see. What an incredible number of tourists this city gets, but it is easy to see why, a wonderful place.
All the best
Cricri (115557) 2013-05-10 23:34
Belle succession des cloches avec les petits parasols rouges sous le vert des arbres, une image bien réaliser, intéressante et joli a regarde
ChrisJ (109532) 2013-05-11 0:11
Nice repetition of both the red umbrellas and the bronze bells. Did you go to the umbrella village just outside Chiang Mai? The diagonal bamboo fence adds good dynamism & perspective. Excellent sharpness & density. Tfs!
saxo042 (37792) 2013-05-11 8:30
Very strong and eye-catching colours! The converging lines of the umbrellas and the bells form a nice perspective. A fine observation.
annjackman (21674) 2013-05-12 8:38
The diagonal composition and rich red against the green foliage makes a very attractive shot. An interesting image and note - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (94885)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-09 0:25