Troubles in Thailand continue and tourist numbers fall as bad press deters people for visiting. The Land of Smiles has a recent history of political shenanigans with changes in government being brought about regularly. An informative political ‘time-line’ can be seen by following this link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15641745 As a country in which I have spent many happy holidays I wish its people well.
Wat Plai Laem is one of the most colourful temples on Koh Samui. It is a strange mix of "Disneyland", incredible and expensive kitsch and a place of worship. The temple has many strange statues and features an 18-armed Kuan Hin statue set in the middle of a lake. Her name translates as “The one who hears the cries of the world”. She has many arms so she can help multitudes of people. She is cloaked in a long white robe symbolizing purity and the vase that she holds represents the pouring of compassion into the world
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jjcordier (76400) 2013-12-13 22:45
Superbe photo, d'une qualité absolument remarquable, de cette statue de Kuan Hin. Cadrage et lumière splendides.
emka (78980) 2013-12-13 23:26
I had no idea that there are troubles in Thailand. So many holidays destination are no longer safe because of political reasons. Also for me it was a cou ntry of smiling people and fabulous architecture. Amazing statue of multihand Goddess. Wonderful composition in nice colours.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Romano46 (18454) 2013-12-14 0:52
complimenti per questa bella foto della quiale apprezzo in particolare l'originalità del punto di ripresa che rende il soggetto molto più vivo e meno statico rispetto alle foto di tali soggetti.
Ottimo l'uso che hai fatto della luce per evidenziarne le forme ed i dettagli ed eccellenti i colori che pongono a contrasto il bianco prevalente della statua con l'azzurro del cielo in una delle combinazioni di maggior successo in fotografia.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
gojo (1769) 2013-12-14 1:29
Great perspective and framing that makes her stand out so well against the Thai sky.
yquem46 (38734) 2013-12-14 2:07
An original pov from below for this tack sharp image of the "budha", that stands out very well on the blue sky
good use of f/25 for a wide dof
A good note as well
Best regards, have a nice WE
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-14 2:50
A well chosen unique and effective POV to capture a statue of a goddess. She seems to be looming over us.
The white color of the statue provides great contrast with the brilliant deep blue sky.
Great detailing on the artwork and carvings on the statue.
Thanks for sharing an unknown and unique statue.
timecapturer (48834) 2013-12-14 2:55
a super w/a POV shot this, that is both effective and beautifully executed. I love the sharp texturing here and the wonderful shadows. It looks amazing, and the light source is perfect at giving it impact and an alluring presence. Is there a slight bloom around the right hand arms of the statue or are my eyes just playing up? perhaps it is just an optical illusion or trick of the side-lighting.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
snunney (83839) 2013-12-14 4:13
An excellent close-up on this many armed goddess. She sits well against that gorgeous blue sky. I like very much how you have framed the shot, very clever and thoughtful. Superb technical presentation.
siudzi (33621) 2013-12-14 4:43
You have found a really great way to make this presentation unique and eye-catching! Low POV really works here and made the statue so incredibly interesting. Well seen and done! Like it!
Have a nice weekend!
Sergiom (60142) 2013-12-14 5:51
J'aime beaucoup cette contre plongée qui donne de l'ampleur à la déesse et qui utilise parfaitement le ciel bleu comme arrière plan qui contraste avec le blanc.Très beau point de vue.
Nicou (122084) 2013-12-14 6:46
Fantastique cadrage et vue sueprbe iamge quelle statue et compo quelle attitude avec ces bras la position et le couleurs merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (24315) 2013-12-14 8:40
Though I have never been, I always thought of Thailand and thought of peace and beauty and spirituality, so I was quite surprised to see on the news lately about the troubles there. I love the statue and the meaning behind her, I hope she holds some in the vase for the people local to her.
The colors against the blue sky are stunning, and I really like your unique choice of POV.
All the best
delpeoples (53009) 2013-12-14 21:30
An excellent close up of this fascinating statue. The tight cropping is very artistic and makes for a far more interesting photo than if you'd taken the shot using a wider angle. Beautiful colours and the textures in the FG are really quite impressive and have been illuminated superbly. So sad to hear of the troubles in this beautiful country. And after reading Noel's note on the bail-out, and then this, I feel very sad and so will go and eat a chocolate.
serp2000 (40036) 2013-12-17 20:36
Fortunatelly the troubles in Thailand not dangerous for tourists. This is not Egypt, for example. I don't know about fall of nimbers. My countrymen go to the Land of Smiles everyday. Perhaps they are very brave ;)
Thanks for so interesting photo from Samui. Good point of view, perfect sharpness, excellent contrast with the blue sky. I miss Thailand. But I must go to work, and we have got -17 C today.
Warm regards from the cold Ural,