During the Vietnam War, Phan Rang has been the air base for Australian Air Forces. The airport has a 10,000 ft runway at Longitude 108° 57' 0" East and Latitude 11° 37' 0" North. After the war, the area returns to its normal life. Phan Rang has highest livestock especially in sheep husbandry in Vietnam as shown in this photo.
Originally "Panduranga" from the Cham language, Phan Rang and its sister city of Thap Cham are located midway between Nha Trang and Phan Thiet, or 350km NorthEast of Ho Chi Minh City. The main attraction is a group of Cham towers called Po Klong Garai. The towers were originally built as Hindu temples in the 13th century. They are quite well preserved and offer a good insight into the construction techniques used by the Cham. The site contains several statues and carvings of Hindu gods including Shiva. The temples are perched on a hillside just to the west of Phan Rang, situated on the road from Phan Rang to Dalat.
There are three surviving structures enclosed by a rectangular perimeter wall: the main tower (kalan), a small gate tower to the east, and one of the smaller buildings of the type that was thought to be used to prepare offerings or store religious articles. They are in relatively good condition, particularly the main tower, whose corner-towers and flame-decorations are either intact or restored. There once was a tower housing a stele in the southwest corner, but that has disappeared.
The Chams continue to pay their respects to these towers, and a mustachioed linga representing Po Klong Garai is still seated in the center of the main temple, awaiting offerings. The Chams hold a major ceremony at this temple as a part of their Kate festival each year, which usually falls in early October.
Remarks: I am currently out of town “looking for” pictures for 2006 Calendar. Sorry that I have no time to write the note.
This note is contributed by a friend of mine who is interested in this topic.
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lmazneh (0) 2005-06-01 19:52
Very impressive, I like the composition. The photo is all the way sharp. This is worth 10 points. Regards, Lukman
KevRyan (22956) 2005-06-01 19:54
I love the undulating shape of the sheep as they work their way down the image. The atmosphere is superb! The light and the exposure perfect - a fantastic composition.This is you at your best Nhiem - a stunning image worthy of a master photographer - far from what you say about your qualifications to write about our work there are few people on TE who wouldn't value everything you have to say!
Bojan (1630) 2005-06-01 20:02
Hi Nhiem :)
Impressive composition. I love the golden color of the photo.
Tone (101) 2005-06-01 20:13
excellent picture. the lighting, sharpness and focus are just brilliant, i'm curious as to what postwork you did on this photo. Its beautiful, looks like a painting :)
mlopes (494) 2005-06-01 20:16
I'm with kevin is this one...
Great wave of sheeps, the light and mood is fantastic. I like the dust in the air, the colours and the POV.
jbweasle (9393) 2005-06-01 20:27
You couldn't have asked for better lighting - this is incredible. And I like the way the dust enhances the overall glow. Great composition with the snaking line of sheep. There's superb detail in those at the front and the line stretches back to the almost anonymous herder at the back. I wish I'd taken this pic - it's fantastic.
oochappan (16355) 2005-06-01 20:29
What a nice colormood very appropriate for this curving perspective to the man and all the dust and play of light, really like a romantic painting.
Very nicely done and very inspiring work
jinju (14265) 2005-06-01 20:30
This has a biblical feel to it. The sand is almost glowing and it gives a kind of supernatural feel. Its like a religious painting almost. Anyway, I thought it was highly postprocessed when I saw the thumbnail but that was just the sand. Great job, its a very nice photo.
annagrace (2467) 2005-06-01 21:09
This really looks like a painting. An amazing capture with fantastic lighting. Brilliant!
Geo (1243) 2005-06-01 21:10
Truly an amazing work of art. The composition. The tonality. The subject. This is excellent work.
poulinp (4530) 2005-06-01 21:19
Je ne sais pas comment vous avez créé cette espèce d'aura flou, mais ça donne un effet surréaliste, comme si on vivait la scène en rêve. Superbe!
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-06-01 21:44
Everything is very special about this picture, the situation, the light, the processing and the final result.
The compositin is superb with the S shaped herd of sheeps leading us to the shepherd. The light, and its filtering created by the dust is very special, creates an unforgetable atmoshpere. The post processing is strong but good, borderline too strong but I am all for it as long as the final result is good because of it, having said that I think I would have prefered more details in the dark shadow area.
I just read your intro page and you say you don't critique because you are not qualified, that's fine, nobody will nor should force you to do so. Not many here will say that they are qualified, yours truly included, my opinion however is that by critiquing other works you learn as much about photography as you learn by receiving critiques from others, simply because analizing others work makes you think, and you can apply to your work. In addition you became a part of the very friendly and interesting community. Give it a try, you may like it.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-06-01 21:48
This is an incredible work of art. Like others have mentioned, this look like a painting. You got everything right here.
SoupDragon (652) 2005-06-01 23:25
Beautiful to look at. A remarkable scene so well caught.
RGatward (20086) 2005-06-02 0:54
Abosuletly delightful shot, superb compo, and such distincitve lighting for it. Interesitng note too, the Ozzies must have felt at home with all those sheep.
jarosz0 (517) 2005-06-02 1:13
Amazing picture with extra mood. Composistion, exposure, tonality - everything is perfect.
Marche (4307) 2005-06-02 1:53
extraordinaire. je ne sais pas quoi dire d'autre; Merci pour le plaisir que vous me procurez, et en même temps que j'ai beaucoup de travail à faire, pour arriver au quart. J'aime.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-06-02 3:06
Really nice image, Nhiem, with plenty of atmosphere, and great light treatment, which draws subtle and different contours around what could be a busy dusty shot of an undescript sheep herd. I regret the frame that forces on me the post card format for a shot that has more than just postcard appeal.
Nice to witness a photographic personality at work in everyone of your contributions. Thanks!
wtolyz (20) 2005-06-02 3:07
Rewelacja!!! Doskonale zdjecie. Brawo!!!
jasmis (57946) 2005-06-02 3:18
Real artwork, like from the dream. Good work. And impressive effect.
donluicu (24724) 2005-06-02 3:29
superb composition Nhiem!
i like those animals pics, the pov is great and the dof works good..
bnallama (3763) 2005-06-02 5:32
Simply wonderful. that's all I can say.. Lovely light and POV.THumbs up. Bala
lermission (304) 2005-06-02 7:01
very nice picture. I love the texture of the photo and the mouvement of the ships.
hugolef (4909) 2005-06-02 9:31
simply beautiful, i like this movement, this light ... a lovely sight of a daily life scene.
Another great photo.
Lio (861) 2005-06-02 14:22
Quel talent !
Ta galerie est magnifique et là tu nous donnes un modèle de composition, de maîtrise de la lumière et de poésie.
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-06-02 15:06
Excellent composition. A masrepiece for me. Bravo.
goomer (0) 2005-06-02 15:42
Another winner...composition on this is sublime, colours, POV all spectacular...well done indeed
letuananh (2543) 2005-06-03 6:58
Excellent shot! I added my favourist!
mrdungx (172) 2005-06-03 16:50
It looks so picturesque with pefect light and beautiful color. It doesn't take much time for me to decide to add this wonderful work to my favourite.
lucinka (9976) 2005-06-04 11:56
Nhiem, another picture from your great series. I simply love your work. This one has greatly managed light as well as compostion. It has certain 3D aspect. L.
Chait (92) 2005-06-05 5:44
It's fascinating. I like a lot your shots, but sometimes you treat them in post edit too much, like in this case. Aside this, thanks for sharing your shots. Waiting for new ones.
ckuhn55 (2670) 2005-06-16 7:00
It's all been said here, great photo. I was in your city during April of this year 2005. Loved every minute of Vietnam. I really enjoy your gallery of photographs. I've posted hundreds and still have thousands to go of Vietnam trip. Check out www.pbase.com/ckuhn55 Looking at Vietnam thru American eyes...thanks CK
lightman (79) 2005-06-30 7:33
Excellent! Very good composition ed fantastic light!
ivanhooace (60) 2005-07-13 15:00
oh my god... the first thought appeared in my head is "ghost town" . Isn't it ? ghose with a group of sheep ghosts.
UlfE (14641) 2005-08-07 2:15
Wonderful shot of sheep. The composition is excellent and the atmosphere is fantastic. Congratulations!
andreineamtu (466) 2005-09-10 17:21
beautiful alignment and composition. too bad for the left side crop. very nice colors and good light. the dust gives a special atmosphere to it.
Albrecht (11281) 2005-11-07 8:28
Wonderful atmosphere and colours. Dust in the wind.....Top Job.
Vagabond (5848) 2005-11-07 8:52
A wonderful picture. The golden predominance adds a special effect to this fantastic composition. Congratulations ..
rosaline (0) 2005-11-07 8:54
deud (1920) 2005-11-07 8:55
absolutely amazing shot! the light, colors, composition are perfect. the dust make an incredible warm effect. very well done.
berseph (1758) 2005-11-28 19:25
Beautiful picture. Great lighting. I love the way the animals make an "S" across the shot and the haziness captured from what they kicked up.
Tristan-z (1053) 2006-02-23 14:16
Elle est magnifique cette photo, pour la lumiére et pour sa composition. Bravo ! Bravo ! Bravo !
asival (5307) 2006-02-23 14:59
The light's amazing and the composition's superb
BrianGraney (1740) 2006-03-03 18:12
It's almost like a studio shot it's so perfect. I like the sharpness in the middle of the photo, it seems to draw the eye through the image.
Another great shot!
CarolinaDB (193) 2006-03-13 15:27
great light, great colors, great moment!!!
I like it very much
picardo (2459) 2006-03-13 15:38
Wow!.. Incredible picture!.. the light... the colors... the sharpness.. everything is perfect!. It really seems like a painting!!. Congratulations!
fiedziu (1764) 2006-03-13 15:47
superb picture Nhiem
teutza (10590) 2006-05-20 5:51
i;m so soryy i can't give more points!!!!it's such a perfect composition!
yanseiler (20) 2006-05-23 15:52
Hi Nhiem, those games of shadows in addition with the curves given by the sheeps are just amazing, you were very lucky to be there at the right time.
dumitru (754) 2007-01-22 9:15
It's almost like a painting!
Excellent exposure and pov!
femkevdh (2633) 2007-01-22 9:21
Incredibly beautiful!!! It's almost like a painting. Everything is perfect; the composition, colors, the line of the herd of sheep, the flying dust. Many Congratulations on this photo!
zeca (19762) 2007-01-29 8:48
Fantastic lights! Excellent framing! Wonderful capture! A favorite, of course..
marianita (3455) 2007-04-30 9:10
excellent POV and composition! beautiful colour tones! the dusty atmosphere is excellent
pieczorin (154) 2007-04-30 9:38
i'm speechless! fantastic image... colors, framing and the sense of a moment! into my favs.
quetzal (3467) 2007-06-12 12:13
Excellent composition. I love this undulating shape and, as background, the shepherd.
lharvey (0) 2007-06-12 12:36
The composition, the colors, the point of view and especially the sharpness are superb. Impressive impressive picture is all I can say.
SebastianSeng (354) 2007-06-15 13:40
superb compo and light! A masterpiece!
Christian76 (791) 2007-06-30 8:21
Superb photograph and very beautiful light.I put this photograph in my favorite.
Mistral (15402) 2008-03-25 10:10
Stunning composition and image!
I love the management of the colours and the general mood!
Hat off, Nhiem!
A smile from Italy
duttasubhajit (126) 2008-03-25 10:25
what a image ...........really superb, one of the best shoot i have ever seen........superb....
foibles3 (1399) 2009-07-17 11:55
This is an exceptional photograph. The POV creates a depth that take the viewer deep into the shot.
simplyoga (6494) 2009-11-29 20:03
I just can say "wow"...
bloublou (144) 2010-04-07 2:30
I do not understand the link between picture and comment, but it's a nice picture, I like the end of the day colours and the sand flying in the air
azizbilgili (2111) 2010-05-26 0:50
I love the golden color of the photo...
arpitaroyagasty (75) 2010-06-28 2:40
Wonderful shot..nice colour..the effect of sunlight makes it more attractive.
seve_1 (31) 2010-09-19 15:54
This is one of the best photo on TE outstanding.
svefay (810) 2010-09-28 1:11
perfect composition, well done....
dronaus (57) 2011-02-01 22:34
Nice shot, the lights reflection from the dust is really give the special touch... Good POV
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-10-12 12:17
Stunning photography.... just to say.. this is a great shot... how beautiful!!!FANTASTIC..
Jazztog (0) 2011-12-29 13:38
Great picture and very artistic too! I love the fact that at F10 the mist gives the picture a Bokeh at both top and bottom......I would frame this and hang it on my wall...fab job!
schumanng (0) 2011-12-29 14:01
beautiful image with its well structured composition and its special light.
sydb (579) 2012-01-08 8:17
magnifique scene la lumier est bien definie et la pousier donne un effect magique bonne prise bravo
adidas5nb (5743) 2012-08-24 18:31
fantastic pic.just love the atmosphere created by the light and dust in the pic.what attarcts me the most in the S path of the sheep in the frame and the man righr at the end of the herd.
blueaquan (261) 2013-04-10 10:54
As most have mentioned, the image is almost surreal. I was just thinking to myself if one is creative, even a simple daily life activity of a shepherd tethering his sheep can go on o make a wonderful Photograph.
By the way, the name "Panduranga" struck a chord with me, could you kindly check whether the source is from the Cham Language please, because in India, especially the state of Karnataka, "Panduranga" is Lord Vishnu, the principle Deity in Hindu Culture. Since you mentioned, that it was a Hindu Temple earlier, the chances are that the name may have referred to Lord Vishnu.
- Copyright: Nhiem Hoang (hoangthenhiem) (2531)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-09-04
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sigma SD10, Sigma 24-70 EX DG DF, CF Card iso 100
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): when i dream i see the rest, My favorite images of you, Great animal photos 2., mon hommage à l'Asie, Photo's to remember, CLODO's selection IV, Kasia's Favourites 8 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-01 19:36
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