There are over 120 wats or temples within the municipal limits of the city of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai wats typically have three common structures, the viharn, or main meeting hall, the ubosot, a small, consecrated meeting hall for monks, and the chedi, a ceremonial stupa, in the shape of a rounded or faceted-sided pyramid. These structures may be gilded, adorned with glass mosaics and lacquer, and faced with teak, and beaten silver or aluminum.
Wat Phan Tao, also written Wat Pantao, is a Buddhist temple in the heart of the old city. 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.
Wat Phan Tao has a beautiful viharn (main prayer hall), a majestic structure that is today one of the few remaining all-wood buildings in Chiang Mai . The viharn was originally the ho kham which means the palace (or literally, the "gilded hall") of Chiang Mai's king, Chao Mahawong, who ruled from 1846 to 1854. This magnificent building was reassembled here and today functions as a monastery.
Inside the viharn, a wooden statue of Buddha dressed in yellow satin stands in front of rows of begging bowls...I liked the cracked texture on the paint
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lousat (81536) 2014-03-31 2:07
A fantastic decentralized composition,magnificent details on the blurred neverending background,perfect exposure and colors too,there is always something to original to discover in your gallery! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Royaldevon (32965) 2014-03-31 3:03
Good Morning Angshuman,
I really like this photograph which uses the shallow dof so very well, giving crisp, almost palpable details in the f/g and an oof, extended b/g.
Have a great week,
grebe1 (384) 2014-03-31 3:04
Great perspective and point of view. Nicely done!
pierrefonds (59738) 2014-03-31 4:29
The distance between the statue and the window in the background is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showinh the details and the colours of the statue. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-03-31 4:39
A super composition Angshu. I like your unusual POV looking at the details of the Buddha from behind and seeing the rows of offering bowls stretching into the distance. The dark tones really help to emphasise the rich golden tones of the statue and you have chosen the perfect aperture to allow enough detail behind the Buddha but not enough to detract.
Nicely done, I like this a lot.
dip (23822) 2014-03-31 5:42
beautiful image with great depth and perspective,
excellent captured and composed,
Sergiom (66075) 2014-03-31 5:50
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue en regardant par dessus l'épaule du bouddha et qui permet de voir au loin dans le temple. Le cadrage est excellent ainsi que la gestion de la lumière.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-31 10:42
mi piace in questa tua foto il particolare punto di ripresa che fa della devinità una vera protagonista ponendola al centro della scena senza per questo trascurare l'ambiente che la circonda.
Anzi si ha l'impressione che essa domini con la sua presenza l'edificio religioso anche per effetto della sua particolare nitidezza rispetto allo sfucato del tempio.
Complimenti sia per composizione che per la cura del colore e della nitidezza.
Ciao e buona settimana
jjcordier (78388) 2014-03-31 22:15
Un cadrage décalé très intéressant et une magistrale exploitation d'une très courte profondeur de champ. Très beau!
dkmurphys (52129) 2014-03-31 23:55
Very fine religious scene. I like the colors and the presentation. Well done!
siudzi (34131) 2014-04-01 10:31
Brilliant and very attractive shot taken from a carefully selected POV to build really original presentation. Very well done! TFS!
papagolf21 (89684) 2014-04-01 23:47
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Un choix de cadrage très réussi pour valoriser la statue et l'effet de perspective.
Gestion de lumière parfaitement maîtrisée.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-04-02 0:56
Very unique choice of POV to shoot this golden Buddha statue. I like the way its golden colour is contrasting so well with the dark interiors of the monastery. Good sharp focus on the subject to capture great details. A well thought and expertly executed image, thanks for sharing.
Nicou (128736) 2014-04-02 1:05
fantastique vue et captage de cette statue de dos quelle iamge et ces dorures et le brillant suer les éléments en fond fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (143391) 2014-04-02 2:28
Excellent with the focus on the yellow colours of the statue.
Also a nice view on the background blur.
Very well picture, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Fis2 (89277) 2014-04-02 6:32
Good frame and colors.
I like depth.
Didi (58726) 2014-04-02 8:40
Great perspective with the Budha in foreground with a nice darker background
pajaran (54492) 2014-04-02 11:05
Interesantan i dobar tekst o hramovima sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana skulptura i enterijer hrama, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the temple with a description ...
Good shot, sharpness, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated sculpture and interior of the temple, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
chrislo (4155) 2014-04-02 11:53
A well composed shot using the golden statue to pull the viewer into the scene. The over the shoulder POV, the dark background and the shallow depth of field really make it stand out. Excellent light management and execution.
mkamionka (32291) 2014-04-02 12:32
beautiful composition with the Buddha in the foreground and pleasantly blurred details of the temple in the back. I think I have been to a Buddhist temple only once in San Francisco :)
shreya2000 (1586) 2014-04-02 22:11
A very nice pic showing the backside of the lord Budha. The BG is very well controlled by you.
Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-04-03 4:22
it is indeed a nice composition. I like how you used such shallow depth of field to generate such blur at background. A good one with tac sharp foreground and nice play of light and shadow in background. Bhalo chhobi. Tfs.
abmdsudi (46134) 2014-04-04 5:08
A great viewpoint, shot of a landscape view of the bowls within this temple and the transition from dark to light with the statue looking into the darkness. The exposure is spot on for both inside and out with sense of depth. Serendipity is not just the knack for making happy accidental discovery but also the ability to recognise its value and this certainly has given a different lovely image. Well done, TFS
ChrisJ (103453) 2014-04-09 16:46
Good density levels and the seated Buddha occupies a prime space in the bottom left corner and appears to be surveying the full length of the Wat. Excellent contrasted lighting with good graphic elements and impeccable sharpness and saturation. Have a nice weekend!
serp2000 (41840) 2014-04-21 20:20
Well done, I like your idea and excellent realization. Very nice postcard format, original composition, I have not often see statue of Buddha from this point of view.
josepmarin (57881) 2014-04-22 0:11
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a difficult shot, with a great challenge in the exposure, but that you've solved perfectly.
I love the statue of Buddha with its golden tones in foreground, opening our look towards the dark background, across the nice perspective of the rows of begging bowls.
The contrast, light and colors of the picture are beautiful.
delpeoples (54593) 2014-04-26 2:25
Namaskar dear Angshu
A compelling POV, with excellent depth of field and good tight framing. There seems to be a slight blur of over exposure in the top right corner, but nothing that takes away seriously from the photo. Beautiful rich colours and definition.
adores (40294) 2014-04-27 6:49
I really like this shot! The composition is great with the Buddha in foreground, I like the way you show his back instead of his face and then the rows of dark bowls. Very good light and focus!
patpatch (1601) 2014-05-20 5:11
That's a splendid shot.A very interesting point of view and a splendid crop.Really a very nice composition.
The sharpness is very impressive and I agree with you,I like the cracked texture on the wooden statue of Buddha.
The background is very nice too.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56462)
- 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
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai & Bangkok
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-31 1:38