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.
In this picture, absence of space behind dictated a stitch of three images. I am aware that there is some slight distortion that I have been unable to correct, but hope that this does not spoil your overall enjoyment of the scene.
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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lousat (98351) 2013-05-13 1:15
Salut Steph,une simmetrie vraiment parfaite pour capturer cette entree' si bien,les details et les coulerus aussi sont impressionants,une qualite' au top et une tres interessante etape de ton tour.Mes compliments et belle semaine,Luciano
besnard (57264) 2013-05-13 2:50
Un bon choix de format, le panoramique met en valeur les marches colorées entourée de dragons.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-13 4:04
a colourful and intricately detailed image of this beautiful place. The light and gold shades here are just amazing and your composition irresistible. Looks stunning!
Have a great week - Brian.
ChrisJ (118961) 2013-05-13 4:16
I like the symmetry added by the 2 naga dragon balustrades, and the bg view between the 2 arches of more of the wat. Good sharpness and nice warm cold colour contrasts between the red steps and blue grey wall in the bg. Have a nice week!
siudzi (34141) 2013-05-13 4:17
Wow! What a place you have found for this image! These golden decorations and sculptures look very beautiful and original. Well seen and executed shot with wide angle which fits here perfectly. Well done. TFS.
williewhistler (16496) 2013-05-13 4:28
Hello Stephen,to be honest I hadn`t noticed any distortion until I read your note and any that there is doesn`t detract from this lovely shot.The colours are fabulous with details sharp and clear, a really impressive photograph.This is just lovely.
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2013-05-13 5:22
Dragons have to be one of my favourite subjects, and these are fantastic. Their bright gold colour is instantly eye catching, and even better still that they frame the staircase and statue. You caught excellent depth leading up the stairs to the gold statue. Really nice, cheers
Sergiom (89279) 2013-05-13 5:58
J'aime beaucoup le format très allongé de cette composition. La lumière fait superbement ressortir les dorures omniprésentes de l'endroit.
Nicou (152096) 2013-05-13 7:04
quel panorama et image sueprbe quelle dorures cet escalier et les statues sueprbe cadrage au millimètre et image.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (107486) 2013-05-13 7:17
Excellent frame and composition.
I like colors.
Very impressive picture!
Have and nice afternoon.
serp2000 (45970) 2013-05-13 7:23
This is very familiar wat to me. I was here one year ago. You are right, this is very quiet cozy town after noisy capital. Attractive cropped shot. Well seen.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-13 10:25
Hi Stephen - I have never tried stitching and to my inexperienced eye it looks as if you have done a super job here. I love the way you have composed this with the dragons reaching out and almost enveloping the viewer and insisting they climb up to the Buddha. The colours and decorative arts of Thailand and very well presented here. Warm regards Rosemary
Silvio1953 (154173) 2013-05-13 10:51
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with nice symmetry, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (103038) 2013-05-13 11:34
nice serie from Thailand. Good composition here. Fine panoramic format and symmetry. I like the details also. Well presentation.
Have a nice evening.
carlo62 (55776) 2013-05-13 13:46
taglio originale ed efficace, una foto ben eseguita ed ottimamente proposta.
I colori aiutano a far risaltare il tutto.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-13 15:01
veramente eccellente questa di oggi per simmetria, composizione , nitidezza e ricchezza di colori.
Uno scatto di gran qualità in un formato indovinatissimo.
Ciao e buona serata
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-13 15:15
A very nice POV, Stephen, and I was about to comment on the strange and seemingly unbalanced distortion until I saw your note. I sympathize - it is so incredibly difficult to make a stitch of one single building like this work well. What you've got is admirable, I think, with a great POV and strong light and colors. Thanks!
Sonata11 (34007) 2013-05-13 22:19
another beautiful snapshot and very interesting architecture with fantastic symmetry. Great management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (65192) 2013-05-14 0:17
Very fine horizontal crop. I like the artwork and the colors. Well seen!
ikeharel (79229) 2013-05-14 7:30
Horizontal stitched-pic.s' enhances the golden statues oand Dragons with the white balcony, Stephen.
The few steps up, give a good sense of depth.
Fine taken the view of the rich-elements place, I did not detect any distortion as you wrote.
Urs (14082) 2013-05-14 7:37
Chiang Mai is a former capital of the kingdom and consequently has a great number of older Wats in Lanna style. You did a fine stitching job, which I have never tried so far and I guess it would take ages to produce something acceptable. There are few imperfection, otherwise very good photo job.
ourania (51103) 2013-05-14 12:37
you've created a wonderful symmetrical composition in a panoramic frame. I'm glad you weren't frustrated by the lack of space and found an effective and rewarding way to present this impressive architecture. The light and colours of the image are delightful, great sharpness and contrast management make the view of the many fine details fascinating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Cricri (126778) 2013-05-15 22:17
Un cadrage parfait de ces impressionnant dragons, magnifique dans les détails et les couleurs, netteté et très belle présentation
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (107513)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-13 0:27