Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Architecture

Temple prahara | Anita

A panoramic view of the prahara (enclosure level) of the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, India – this temple follows the Vijayanagara architectural construction style. I used HDR processing for this, since the angle of sunlight and the shadows caused some variations in the pictures that made up the panorama.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture, hosted by Amy this week.

Ta Prohm: before I left

Ta PromWhile we were touring Cambodia, we had to visit the famous Ta Prohm temple. (Lara Croft, anyone?) It’s just amazing to see how the tall, beautiful trees there are one with the ancient, dilapidated buildings.

As we left the temple, I glanced back the way we came, and saw the crumbling structures, the swaying trees, the absorbed tourists. I felt like capturing it all, so I clicked a series of shots thinking of assembling a panorama from them later. I still have to process most of the photos I clicked there, but this panorama was one of the first ones I worked on! I used Hugin to stitch 4 photographs for this one, and had to use quite a few post-processing skills later ( 😛 ) to remove duplicate people and solidify ghostly ones. 😉 It isn’t a 360˚ (or even a 180˚) view, but I like how it reflects everything that my eyes saw then.

For SL-Week: Panorama.

Courtyard

Temple prahara (courtyard)
I’d been on a day trip last weekend with girl friends — we visited the historical temple complex at Lepakshi, just 120km from Bangalore. It was fun, and we clicked (and posed for) a lot of photographs in the serene place. I’ve still not processed most of the photographs that I clicked, and feel guilty that I’ve not shared them with my friends yet — especially since one of those friends has very promptly shared the ones that she clicked. I’ve just not been able to catch up with things this week; even this post is delayed and I’m writing it in a hurry. I’m hoping that I’ll get to it in the next couple of days.

So this picture is (the only) one that I did process — a part of the temple courtyard. It’s a panorama that I converted to monochrome, with some split toning to add that additional depth. It goes without saying that I’ve submitted it to Leanne Cole for this week’s Monochrome Madness. 🙂