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The red temple

The red temple
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10610 W: 146 N: 26710] (128171)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-26
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/0.6, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-03-08 0:16
Viewed: 689
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Something from China, from Dali in Yunnan Province.

Three Pagodas (三塔)
The Three Pagodas are made of one big pagoda and two small pagodas, forming a symmetric triangle. The Three Pagodas are made of brick and covered with white mud. The purpose of Three Pagodas, as so often in China, is to magically guard against natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and floods, as per the four-character inscription on the tall pagoda: "Forever Control Mountains and Rivers."

Chongsheng Temple complex is located behind the Three Pagodas which was the royal temple of Dali and one of the largest Buddhist centers in Southeast Asia. There are many sites to explore in front of Chongsheng Monastery and in the monastery.

Walk behind Three Pagodas you'll reach Dapeng Golden Wing Bird Square and see the Golden Wing Bird and explore the biggest bell in Yunnan - Nanzhao Jianji Bell which was built in 871 AD. Entering into the temple, you'll pass many Buddhist prayer halls, like Daxiongbao Hall, Medicine Hall, Caishen Hall, Maitreya Hall, Arhat Hall, Prayer Wheel, Thousan Buddha Hall, the Hall of Patriarch and finally reach Wanghai Tower where all the temple complex, the Three Pagodas, Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake can be seen.

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The view from the upper balcony in this red pagoda, so in the opposite direction, is here.

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Interesting religious structure in vibrant colors. Quite an experience to see those temples. Well taken scene.


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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 34 N: 4631] (25744)
  • [2018-03-08 0:23]

Hi again Malgo

Great details and very strong colours. The bg and sky are impressive too. I passed through Dali only once, a long, long time ago, when it still was the only place in that part of the world where you could meet western tourists. But I don't remember this temple. Times have changed.


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14761 W: 1050 N: 30184] (141621)
  • [2018-03-08 1:08]

Hi Malgo

I've been to Dali twice but don't recall this temple. It looks magnificent! Nice warm cold color contrasts between the red and blue. Good sharpness & framing too. Tfs!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10197 W: 161 N: 16856] (129427)
  • [2018-03-08 1:19]

Czesc Malgosiu!
Te budowle robia na mnie wrazenie.
Konstrukcje sa imponujace.
Dobry kadr, kolory i swiatlo.
Ciekawe miejsce.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14369 W: 0 N: 16314] (174617)
  • [2018-03-08 2:06]


Avec ces statues en premier plan quelle vue et image quelle compo et notamment ce bonhomme blanc sur son socle et quel temples tout en belle couleur quelle vue et image superbe captage.
Bravo t amitié

Hello Malgo,
Excellent symmetrical composition. Perfectly exposed with superb colour contrasts and very good sharpness.

Hello Malgo,
With a bright red, blue and white temple surrounded by green trees and with a white figure in front of it there was no real need for a blue sky. It couldn't be more colourful than this. The photo has a fine symmetry, well saturated colours and excellent sharpness. In 1986 a special permit was still needed to go to Dali, and that could take days, so I didn't go there. By that time I was anxious to start moving towards Hong Kong.
Best wishes,

Hi Malgorzata,

The mountains are framing well the temple. The point of view is showing the details of the temple. The cloudy sky is giving a good conmtrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Malgo
Two excellent pictures. The colours of the temple on the main picture are very pronounced and clear in front of the threatening sky. The workshop temple has more earthy colours. Interesting.
Excellent presentation, Have a nice day, groet Rob

Ciao Malgo,

Un cadrage classique mais toujours très efficace. La symétrie est parfaite ainsi que le rendu des couleurs. Le ciel gris derrière offre le contraste parfait.



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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16051 W: 159 N: 27974] (147094)
  • [2018-03-08 6:50]

Hi Malgorzata
Belle architecture du temple, ces décorations et ces fortes couleurs attire le regard, belle version en WS
Belle journée

Hello Malgo,

There are three pagodas but you have been very prudent and concentrated mainly on one.
This has made it large and detailed, so that we have the opportunity to peruse it carefully and enjoy the sculptures, decorations and strong colours.
It does look magnificent against this grey sky.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3580 W: 0 N: 8356] (59219)
  • [2018-03-08 8:03]

Swiatynia in red, bardzo dobre ujecie: centralnie i troche od dolu, zeby narozniki dachu byly lepiej widoczne, bardzo dobre zdjecie
pozdrawiam Ryszard

Hola Malgo, muy buena fotografía de este interesante templo, muy bien captada en esta interesante imagen, con buena nitidez, luz, color y calidad. Muy buen e interesante trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amigo mio. Gracias por compartir este bello trabajo.

Buena noche y feliz fin de semana.
Afectuosos saludos desde el sur de España.

Hello Malgo
A real "eyecacther" in your gallery. Perfect pov and layout. Very nice brigth colors and perfect sharpness.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

Olá Malgorzata,
realmente um templo muito boniuto esse mesmo, rico de interessantes detalhes. Gostei do céu mais carregado também.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Hi, Malgo.
Fantastic composition with this beautiful temple, which with its first body of intense red, gives a strong impact to the composition, however the beautiful work is in the second and third level, many sculptures also in front of it.
Very nice color, which together with the good quality and optimal lighting, gives great quality to the image.
Well done. I like very much
You have a good day.
Very best regards

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-03-08 14:15]

Czesc Malgo
Wczoraj ogladalem na duzym ekranie prezentacje wlasnie miedzy innymi z Yunnan i dzieki Twoim wczesniejszym zdjeciom kilka miejsc "kojarzylem". Dodane do tego opowiesci przez czlowieka zakochanego w Chinach sprawily ze pewnie ten kraj trzeba bedzie wpisac na liste do odwiedzenia ;)
Piekna kolorystyka, dobra jakosc i na pewno ciekawe miejsce

Hello Malgo,
What beautiful structures, both in the main photo and WS. The colors are great, and I like the Buddha statue, too. Asian architecture has such strong style and elegance, and your photos show it perfectly.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9586 W: 57 N: 16346] (60420)
  • [2018-03-08 22:42]

Hello Malgo,
The bright red of the temple as well as the deep blue elements look fantastic and the colours are really well-saturated. The impressive building stands out wonderfully from the grey clouds. The sculptures in the foreground are also well included.

Ciao Malgo
architetture fantastiche, risplendono sono questo cielo scuro.
Il rosso attira immediatamente l'attenzione, ma dopo ci possiamo perdere nei dettagli della tua foto.
Ottima foto anche nel ws, con la vista contraria.
Buona domenica

Hello, Malgo!

Even with the bad weather the image is beautiful, with strong colors of this temple with its typical architecture! The details are beautiful and were captured with very good sharpness! Wonderful job!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10380 W: 174 N: 18522] (82489)
  • [2018-03-17 1:28]


impressive shapes and colors. I liked the framing using well each element. very beautiful contrast and details.

take care


Hello Malgo,
The red temple is very attractive, cheering up the frame in spite of the gloomy sky.

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