Chiang Dao Caves are situated approx 70 kms north of Chiang Mai on a good highway through rolling hillsides. The Caves are one of the main attractions in the Chiang Dao National Park. The Caves form an approximately 12-kilometre tunnel and cave system and feature limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations which have formed due to dripping water. The air inside the caves is extremely humid.
Steps ascend to the cave entrance and then descend into a large cavern where there are numerous sacred Buddha images.
The first thing you see in the cave is a small chapel built into one side of the cave. High above the roof opens to the sun and some of the light makes its way down into the recesses of the cave. On its way down, it reveals statues placed high up cracks and on small ledges. The statues are all but hidden if you aren’t paying attention. Below them is the chapel. A short series of steps (guarded by a stone serpent) takes you up to it. Eight Buddhas line one wall. There are golden spots on them from flecks of a kind of sticky gold leaf. The front of the chapel features a number of Buddha statues. The closest and lowest one (on the left of the frame) has gold leaf covering almost all of it
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papagolf21 (83264) 2013-10-16 1:42
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Voilà encore une image qui fait plaisir à voir et à contempler.
Merci de nous offrir toujours des images dignes d'intérêt.
mesutilgim (80178) 2013-10-16 1:49
Amazing capture of this cave with Budha statues.
Very good layout and light management.
TFS and best regards
lousat (72509) 2013-10-16 1:54
Waaw,the atmosphere and the fashion of this place are really fantastics!! Magnificent imposing perspective and a great exposure to show us so well this spectacular temple,a beautiful result in a very difficult light,made whit the best details and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Fis2 (82066) 2013-10-16 2:00
A very interesting place.
Excellent frame, colors and light.
I like it.
jhm (135336) 2013-10-16 4:14
Your picture is extraordinarily, you play with light and shade on a wonderful way.
We see almost all details in splendid colours.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation too, TFS.
pierrefonds (55022) 2013-10-16 4:24
The stalactites are framing well the statues. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Buddha statues. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (54757) 2013-10-16 5:07
Superbe cette grotte ou les statues de bouddha se retrouvent dans toutes les poses et dans des endroits plus plus difficile à atteindre les unes que les autres.L'éclairage est superbe.
Romano46 (16580) 2013-10-16 10:51
questo luogo è straordinario anche se dalla miniatura appare un po' confusoi.
Indrandendo il fotogramma si riesce ad apprezzarne tutta la bellezza ed anche la bontà del tuo scatto, tanto più che è stato realizzato in condizioni di luce assai difficili.
La nitidezza è molto buona, come anche il colore e l'insieme appare assai gradevole.
Una bella testimonianza condivisa con molto piacere.
Ciao e buona serata
jjcordier (73378) 2013-10-16 22:26
L'endroit est vraiment original et c'est une surprise de voir tous ces bouddhas ornant la grotte.
Graal (95415) 2013-10-16 23:49
unusual place where is statue of Buddha. Interesting caves. Fine light and shadows. Nice colors also. Good presentation. I like it.
Have a nice day.
danos (83169) 2013-10-17 2:48
fascinating the view of the interior of the cave with the lot of numerous sacred Buddha images to domiating the large cavern.I like the good reportage shot from the place as the excellent light and colour management of the scene.
pajaran (48593) 2013-10-17 3:07
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o pecini i kapeli, sa datim podacima.
Lep pogled na unutrasnjost pecine sa kapelom ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazna kapela u pecini, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the cave and chapel, with the given data.
Nice view of the inside of the cave with a chapel ...
Good work, nice demonstration chapel in a cave, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
subhendu_bagchi (25260) 2013-10-17 3:33
dear dada. Nice catch in such low light condition at the interior of this cave. Good picture quality. Nice effect of shadow and light. Those statues are really interesting in such a place. Good shot. Tfs.
gervaso (9363) 2013-10-17 4:18
Very good light management, and the details of the rocks are perfectly captured, with excellent colors and textures! Wonderful composition and an interesting note about it! Excellent job!
Nicou (116652) 2013-10-17 6:37
quelle vue des ces statues dans cette grotte quelle iamge et compo sueprbe avec le rendu sur la pierre un éclairage intime et parfait sueprbe vue et image.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (39774) 2013-10-17 8:12
Fabulous low light shot and you are brave, I have never been to caves. You have captured the amazing geological formations within the limited space so well from the best viewpoint, and shaft of light source free of visitors to register the vital elements there full of religious ambience creating really a very special mood and serene in a state of pure calmness. A picture painted with mass of details, shadows, textures and rich colours -tones, the small golden statue strikingly pops up adding the extra punch to the composition. This is a remarkable shot finely crafted to perfection, so much delicacy and the religious impact. Thanks to your useful narratives. Congrats.
nikkitta (13330) 2013-10-17 16:38
Fascinating note to introduce the capture, i visited some Buddha caves on the silk road, like Mogao, it s a real experience to go inside a cave and try to catch some images
You did it in a good way, managing the light to show interesting Buddha images
Thanks for the tip of the one covered in gold
Well done, congrats
Didi (55127) 2013-10-24 10:52
Looks like a cave explored by Indiana Jones :)
Very good mysterious ambiance and good lights control
ChrisJ (94806) 2013-10-25 8:13
I have been to Chiang Mai and Mae Sot but not these interesting caves. Looks a little like Pak Ou in Laos or Petchaburi down near Hua Hin. Good sharpness and well managed available light. The yellow robes at left contrast well against the blue grey tones. Tfs!
adores (34526) 2013-10-25 14:59
I have been here! One of these days I'll post a photo. I remember this part of the cave very well. I like the pov and composition with all these Buddhas. Light isn't very easy there but you managed very well.
PaulVDV (20537) 2013-11-20 8:23
The image gives me the impression that you were exploring a cave and there you discovered a hidden treasure. Particularly since there are no other visitors to see.
Excellent light management.
Beautiful view upwards.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (54765)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai & Bangkok
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 1:25