A bit of an unusual photo, and kind of cluttered I admit. There seems to be alot going on, and after 20 months or more has passed I am not sure what it is all about, if I ever was. But I am pretty sure that this is a view of the Burning Ghats where the cremation takes place. You can see the piles of wood on shore, and also I believe, stacked on a boat that is tied at the shore. For a larger view: Click Me
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PaulVDV (21655) 2010-11-16 13:32
To me it is indeed a bit an unusual view of the ghats but there's certainly a lot to look at. I've never seen a picture of the ghats with so many piles of wood.
I wouldn't call it cluttered but well detailed.
Also very colourful and with a great view upwards.
Best regards, Paul
Nard (6970) 2010-11-16 13:39
It reminds me my last holidays when I spent 4 days in varanasi. Effectively it is a cremation place, I went into the bulding with an brahmane who wanted to show me the whole place.
adores (35679) 2010-11-16 16:02
This is a place I really want to visit during my next visit:)!I like this pov and the scene, with so many people, life and wood! Good colours also!
Urs (14082) 2010-11-17 0:18
How I miss the Ghats, where I have taken countless analog slide shots, I like this place, where you can wander around for hours and find new scenes. I'm absolutely not into Hinduism, but it's a good place to observe it. Vibrant color hues with high sharpness. Well done.
yeln (11504) 2010-11-17 22:12
od nekdaj mi je všeč dnevni utrip v mestu. dobra kompozicija z močnimi barvami in lepo DOF. dober strel! tfs! lep dan, vojko
macjake (54930) 2010-12-01 14:51
i'm really enjoying these photos of India..i can see why its such a haven for photographers.
lots of activity going on here, lots of vibrant colours and daily life.
wonderful depiction of the people
mkamionka (30072) 2010-12-16 1:42
very well captured. I like the boats in the foreground they add some more life and action to this wonderful scenery. Some fog introduces an interesting effect as if it was a view from a fairy tale or a painting.
kmangwani (338) 2011-08-06 4:27
This is the Manikarnika burning ghat (to the extreme left is where the creamtion takes place) and yes all the wood is for the funeral. I have been there and stood on top of the cremation area looking at the bodies coming in by the minute. This place has remained ancient since last atleast 500 years, the only modernity is the people (their dresses give away the contemporary time). This has remained an ageless place.
Unbeleivable and amazing place, where death and life can be seen in one sweep of vision.
Thanks for sharing and bringing back the memories of my own travel there.
- Copyright: Steve Saba (stevesaba) (8135)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-15
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon 400D (Rebel XTI), Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L-USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-16 10:44