Wat Phan Tao, also written Wat Pantao, is a Buddhist temple located at the heart of old Chiang Mai city, in the junction of Ratchadamnoen Road and Phra Pok Klao Road. The name Wat Phan Tao means "Monastery of a Thousand Kilns". The name is believed to refer to the casting of the numerous Buddha images for its even bigger neighbour, Wat Chedi Luang, located right next door.
The viharn of Wat Phan Tao has a three-tier roof which you can see in the BG. The front façade is simply exquisite. I could say it is one of the most magnificent buildings in Chiang Mai.
The front entrance is guarded by Burmese-style lions, singha in Thai, or chinthe in Burmese.....I this POV to use the lens distortion effect enhance the majestic nature of the magnificent sculpture!
Picture taken at 16:47 Chiang Mai Time (Exif shows India time)
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lousat (72855) 2012-06-01 0:49
The point of view and the magic warm light of the moment akes the difference! What a beautiful architechtures from Chang Mai,one of the most interesting thai places,great pic and top quality as usual,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
SnapRJW (29358) 2012-06-01 2:42
Hello Angshu - I have a particular fondness for Chiang Mai so I am delighted to see this shot. A bustling city yes, but here you have found a beautiful quiet and serene spot. I love the light on the tiled roof, it reveals good textural detail. Nicely balanced composition. I want to go back!!!! Warm regards rosemary
papagolf21 (83472) 2012-06-01 5:17
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Je me délecte à chaque composition présentée sur le site.
Ici, encore, nous avons le droit à une réalisation soignée et toujours passionnante.
Je suis ravi.
Un grand merci du partage.
GREGG (7888) 2012-06-01 5:22
very nice frame with the use strong points,
nice depth,as for me, a little too strong sharpening
as seen in the right part of the photo
Have a nice day,
krzychu30 (15344) 2012-06-01 8:38
wow,spectacular scene.Really beautiful.The way you composed it and choose your POV is superb.The sculpture of the lion is eye-catching,but there is one thing what makes your picture stunning.Namely,this beautiful,soft lighting and deligthul,warm colors.Very atmospheric picture.Great work my friend!
Have a nice friday
Nicou (117290) 2012-06-01 9:42
Mervielleuse vuem e tiamge usperbe cpatage et compo quelle statue avec le toit quelle vue et cadrage sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
pierrefonds (55250) 2012-06-01 10:10
The statue is well placed in the frame. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the roofs and of the burmese lion statue. The late afternoon light is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (61578) 2012-06-01 16:48
Impressive details of that statue and rooftop!
Very attractive and truly beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
angel66 (1006) 2012-06-02 0:34
very strong photo with a good pov. I never been to Thailand and everyone is saying how beautiful is...these details here confirm that i must go one day to visit.
Great photos well done.
Have a nice day
jhm (135806) 2012-06-02 1:23
You play wonderful with light and shadows this gives an extra touch to these lovely picture. .
Also technical perfect made.
You shows a very good image.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
sacimar (25975) 2012-06-02 2:39
this is a nice image, I like the perspective you chose, light and tones play an important role in the composition, the visual effect is beautiful, well seen,
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-06-02 3:20
Ola Angshuman ,
Lindo este leão sentado a guardar este templo , são lindos são telhados em bico muito bem cuidados , boa luz dourada , parabéns !!
Um abraço Gonçalo
emka (73797) 2012-06-03 0:00
Hi A ngshuman,
The have chinthes in Burma but they look a bit differently. breautiful presentatio n of the Thai architecture. But it seems you were not so imnpresse, you show us only few pictures. And I liked Chiang Mai very much, pity it was i n old times, with no digital camera.
danos (83603) 2012-06-03 0:25
nice the beautiful composition with the Burmese lion to looks like to lookout the near by Wat.
I like the huge statue as the good presentation of the place.
mohammad_H (8822) 2012-06-03 23:00
سبک معماری و طراحی بسیار زیبای این بنا. با مجسمه برای ابهت و اهمیت این ساختمان
مدیریت در نور و رنگهای قشنگ
وضوح و شارپنس خوب
यह बहुत सुंदर स्थापत्य शैली और डिजाइन है. मूर्तियां प्रभावशाली और महत्वपूर्ण इमारतों के लिए
प्रकाश और सुंदर रंग में प्रबंधन
अच्छा स्पष्टता और तीखेपन
Graal (95612) 2012-06-04 2:06
unusual lin here. Good shot and presentation. Amazing sculpture. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-06-04 2:25
Succesful management of light.Very nice composition.
Have a nice day.
Fis2 (82394) 2012-06-04 5:14
A very, very nice details.
Excellent POV and composition.
Super colors and light.
Very impressive picture.
mirosu (12676) 2012-06-04 7:11
A great use of vertical and diagonal lines. A well presented crop allows to concentrate on the staue in FG and nicely lighted roofs. Well chosen viewpoint. Well done Angshuman.
josepmarin (57587) 2012-06-04 8:42
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a good low-angle shot here.
The stone lion in foreground is really impressive, and indeed that is a good guard of the entrance of the temple, because its presence intimidates a lot.
I like the dynamic effect of the perspective of the sculpture and of the roofs of the temple, with a few harmonic shapes, very elegant. The low light and the warm tonalities add a lot of beauty into the ensemble.
You have used skillfully the distortion of the lens, and have obtained a magnificent graphical result.
A beautiful work.
adores (34736) 2012-06-04 18:33
Hope to be there in a few months:)! I like your low pov and the composition with the lion and the roofs. You managed the light very well - the details are very good!
pajaran (48959) 2012-06-04 22:40
Dobar tekst o hramu i skulpturi lava ...
Dobra ostrina snika, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, moje cestitke.
Lepa skulptura lava i krov hrama.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Good article on the temple sculpture of a lion and ...
Good sharpness clients, contrast and display of beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, my congratulations.
Beautiful sculpture of a lion and the roof of the temple.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
ChrisJ (94836) 2012-06-05 2:29
A good upward pov on the old weathered stone guarf=dian lion at this picturesque Thai Wat in Chiang Mai. Good sharpness and superb shadow detail despite the strong back-light. The subtle warm cold colour contrast between the blue & yellow is superb! Tfs!
jga (1062) 2012-06-05 3:59
Nice photo, I like the composition with the typical temple roof in the background.
A small thing to remove in the very top left corner.
abmdsudi (40226) 2012-06-27 10:07
Interesting to note here that, the roof of this wat has the similarity in design to wats in Laos. This brilliant structure has attracted the eyes from miles away for sure and the Burmese lion helps to hold the focus in. The golden light hour is another aspect worth mentioning, the quality of side lighting is so superb, an equally essential contributor in lifting this image. The compo and pov is impressive as the lion looks so commanding as strong anchor to really pulls the eyes into the whole image. This looks so serene, a nice image and a seamless result. Well done, Congrats
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (54917)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai & Bangkok
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 0:45