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Underneath The Arches

By Jasper87  
Apologies to Flanagan & Allen this is the best title I could come up with Smile

Back to the Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay (Burma/Myanmar) for another shiny floor. I spent quite a while 'loitering' on this corner for the right person to come along. Unfortunately this lady was walking away from me but the reflection/colour on the floor was the better of those I took. I came back for a second spell in v2 and captured this monk walking towards me. I lost the reflections though and the sun has moved resulting in less of the golden lustre on the walls. I've gone with v1 first as the colour is more important to me.

Many thanks for your VCCs on my last, one more 'Little Miss' to come at some point. A big thank you to Ronnie for his UA and comment on Little Madam.


Tags: Arches Burma Temple Landscape and travel Buddhist monk Mandalay

Voters: Richsr, CarolG, LynneJoyce and 113 more

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Richsr 13 91 223 England
12 Feb 2013 8:33AM
Well composed Dave, good interesting location and detail/ colours too
Regards Richard
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
12 Feb 2013 8:34AM
Two wonderful captures, Dave, I agree with you that the light and colour is better in V.1. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:36AM
Love them both but V1 is my favourite. It captures the textures on the walls beautifully and the lady in the background invites us to follow her.
NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
12 Feb 2013 8:46AM
Love V1 and for a moment I thought V2 was you know who.................GrinGrinGrinGrin
canonfan 10 7 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:50AM
Two superb images Dave. Each has its appeal to me. Glad I dont have to keep the floors clean here
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:51AM
Two quite stunning photographs, each has been beautifully observed and captured, capturing the very best of this breathtaking colour.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:54AM
Both are beautiful, and among the best so far of the series.
What makes V1 special is the golden reflection in the floor, and the way it balances the image which could otherwise be 'top-heavy', dominated by the arches. The reflection draws the eye to the floor and then leads it up towards the figure. It also gives a sense of depth and mystery.
johnke Plus
8 223 16 England
12 Feb 2013 9:03AM
A really awesome slash of color amazing exposure...John.
woolybill1 Plus
14 36 76 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:07AM
V1 without a shadow of a doubt. The figure and stance symbolising the mystery of the place, rather than taking over the composition, and allowing full rein to the colour and reflections.
12 Feb 2013 9:10AM
They are wonderful! V1 just draws one in and in and in! V2 is interesting with the monk. But I love the colours & shapes in both but especially v1.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
12 Feb 2013 9:13AM
V2 is a belter. Love the colour continuity between the monk and the walls.
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:19AM
Two good images, such lovely colours.

pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:24AM
Wow! Fantastic love it - such richness, a difficult picture for anyone to compete with and deserving of much attention Dave, well done you never fail to pleaseSmile
12 Feb 2013 9:28AM
Super composition Dave,
almiles 11 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:29AM
Well 'scene' potential there, racking up all those walls and arches to create so much depth. I thought the figure was a statue to begin with, must be because her top matches the red tiles. The colours are excellent and the golden reflection on the floor helps lead you through to the figure.
TWO very good captures v1 taking it for me, the shadow on the floor plus the detail work hand in hand taking you into every part of the shot. great work Dave

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 9:45AM
No doubt an amalgam of the best parts of each version would be what you were actually seeking, but each is an excellent capture in it's own right, Dave.
Wonderful rich colours upper walls and tiles, and the reflections in the shiny floor are very striking in V 1.
11 10 10 England
12 Feb 2013 9:48AM
V1 shows the textures and colours so well Dave whereas in V2 the attention is on the monk. A big click for V1.Smile
jovanovic 9 26 France
12 Feb 2013 9:49AM
Superb captures Smile
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:54AM
Two fabulous shots Dave, gorgeous vibrant colours and reflections, love them both Smile

Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:02AM
Superb Dave, running out of words to explain how beautiful this series has been!
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
12 Feb 2013 10:04AM
Well composed with some superb colours. Great to get the figure in too.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
12 Feb 2013 10:07AM
Fabulous shot Dave with those receding arches, reflections, colours and wonderful sheen; a winner!
Great light Dave with a magic point of view.
Well done. WesternRed.
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 10:32AM
Stunning! In fact V1 is so amazing with its colours, light and reflections & POV, I don't think it needed a figure to be superb!

saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
12 Feb 2013 10:37AM
What fantastic and great set of images,Dave,All very beautiful indeed,V1 is superbbbb like the light,tones,colour and reflection,V2 is a wonderful candid shot very well done,
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
12 Feb 2013 10:42AM
Love both Dave and both special images, so equal points.


Meheecho 8 275 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:45AM
Two incredibly beautiful images. Rich in colour and light and a fascinating glimpse inti another culture
mex 13 27 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 11:08AM
super images dave, thanks for showing.
cheers phil.
12 Feb 2013 11:09AM
superb composition with excellent use of the arches fine work David

fentiger 19 920 24 England
12 Feb 2013 11:36AM
Oh so you are old enough to remember Flanagan and Allen Wink Two excellent images and I find it impossible to choose which I prefer.

danbrann 16 640 17
12 Feb 2013 11:47AM
Two gooduns Dave, both for different reasons.The position of the person gives us two totally different images.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 11:55AM
A couple of wonderful images here Dave.

Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 12:05PM
No wonder you hung about here and re visited it - the intertwining arches are wonderful and the
impact of those totally opposite colours is amazing.
The reflections on the floor in V1 does give a lovely balance to the image
and the light enhancing the yellows/golds is amazing.
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 12:34PM
The overall effect is stunningly good. Whislt the colours and reflections are excellent, the intricate web of arches is what makes these images so special to me. Its as if the builder plaited them as it was built, fluid and yet solid... pure beauty. On the otherside, the lady looks as ig=f she is peeking round the corner at something she isn't supposed to be looking at, adding a sense mystery, as the viewer of this shot it peaks my interest and I'd want to know what she was looking at.

Too many words from me I suspect, but the work deserves my feelings. Terrific.

Oh and V2 is just as blooming good.
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 12:57PM
I'm speechlessWinkWink

V1 for me (bet you knew my quietness wouldn't last) although V2 is great too! Love the gold in V1 and the reflections, stunning image Dave! It reminds me of Tomb RaiderGrin
Anyway fancy loitering on corners trying to get shots of women and monksTongueTongue You will get a reputationWink...................................... Bet you were waiting for Lara CroftWink

Like I said................speechlessTongueTongueTongue
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
12 Feb 2013 1:04PM
V1 is visually stunning. It is almost surreal in it's appearance. What gorgeous colors.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
12 Feb 2013 1:06PM
V1 definitely. Love how it leads you in, then my head turns left, right, left, right with a feeling of mystery and awe of the beauty. Love it. Not a thing wrong with V2, it's just V1 is so powerful........Sandy
fificat100 9 5 2 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 1:16PM
Two excellent colourful shots. I much prefer V1 with a great lead in to the image and the lovely reflections on the floor.

netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
12 Feb 2013 1:45PM
A great one with such lovely colourSmile
Trev_B 14 151 68 England
12 Feb 2013 1:50PM
Two gorgeous images Dave, I think you have lead with the stronger of the two... it gives the sense of being drawn into a labyrinth.

AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
12 Feb 2013 1:53PM
I like both of these - totally different one from the other. Love the lead in v1 and the shiny walls and floors and the reflections.

v2 is also excellent, and I like the composition here - I can actually see this one in mono in my mind's eye. Those lamps on the wall are like a couple of great eyes.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Feb 2013 2:31PM
Both are pleasing, I think v2 tells me more of the place, but I like the fluid sheen in v1!
User_Removed 11 48 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 2:42PM
Two excellent images Dave, i like these a lot, they dont scrimp and save when it comes too the cost of their holy place's.
Regards, Alf.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 2:56PM
A big congrats on all those awards
you must be doing something right ....
ugly Plus
12 9 57 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 3:28PM
Great comp..
Well done...

oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 3:35PM
Dave the inclusion of the figure really makes it all the more special .
Two wonderful images lad Wink
Caziwinkles 8 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 3:39PM
♫ ♪...we dream our dreams away! ♪ ♫ Tongue
SmileExcellent shot - love the way the light enhances the colours and the reflections. V1 draws you right into the image.
Both very beautiful images indeed.

Carol Grin Grin Grin
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
12 Feb 2013 4:25PM
Burma is becoming a very special location excellent examples of this new ( almost ) world, Dave.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
12 Feb 2013 4:30PM
Two stunning shots, Dave, like how the walkway seems to zig-zag its way through Smile Think V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
milky Plus
17 5 Wales
12 Feb 2013 4:36PM
Stunning Colours & Detail Dave,both amazing------MilkyWink
12 Feb 2013 5:01PM
Two excellent images, Dave - well seen, composed and taken, as ever!
Colours, reflections and exposure spot on!

andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 5:27PM
two stunning captures dave i really can't split these two at all congratulations on all the well deserved awards two stunners pal Wink
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 5:29PM
Great colourful images Dave top classs.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.6k 71 Norway
12 Feb 2013 5:41PM
V1 is the best for me Dave. I fail to understand how you could have improved on this composition. To say you have nailed it would just about cover it.
Blooming marvellous. A real stonker.

HELANA 11 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 5:43PM
V1 is grate Dave, love the colours, the reflextions, the lady makes the images. Beautifully composed. A bnything else is been saed.
Congratulation[again] for all your Users Awardes.
Philip_H Plus
9 1.5k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 6:14PM
Two superb captures, Dave.

Congrats on all the well deserved UAs.

12 Feb 2013 6:29PM
Brilliant images again Dave, wonderful subject matter, and not a Cobble Stone insight Smile

John Smile
12 Feb 2013 6:34PM
v1 just super in many ways ,composition ,colour,sheen , and full of mystery -where is she (?) going . v2 excellent too! Wonderful to see. Gill
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
12 Feb 2013 6:41PM
Two super quality colour photos, Dave. Love them both and the colour rendition is absolutely amazing!
janlea 9 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:58PM
Two wonderful shots Dave, v1 is my favourite Smile
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
12 Feb 2013 8:06PM
Both wonderful shots, Dave. V2 gets the edge from me.
PaulMillar 9 83 2 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 8:09PM
Dave, worth every UA.......the floor looks almost wet, and stunning detail and lighting.......from the master of light..........great work mate.

12 Feb 2013 9:12PM
Two stunning images Dave. Superb shapes and colours. V1 superb light and wonderful gold reflections on such clean floor!!!. V2 I like the colour of the wall that matches with the dress of monk
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:40PM
Amazing shots both of them, but the reflections of v1 are terrific - Helen SmileSmile
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:47PM
Terrific work Dave and v1 is absolutely the pick. Spot on.
13 Feb 2013 2:52AM
V1 is a sort of mysterious image with fine colors and details.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
13 Feb 2013 5:33AM
So beautiful

GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 8:12AM
All been said!! Smile

Rock 18 10 2 England
13 Feb 2013 9:04AM
Simply Wonderful, a photographic work of art infact.

Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
13 Feb 2013 9:33AM
What stunning images Dave !! I agree with V1 being the better of the two ! the colours are totally amazing and the composition perfect !! No wondewr you were reaping all the rewards Smile
13 Feb 2013 12:39PM
Both are very good but v1 for me.
Regard Ely
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
13 Feb 2013 4:33PM
Stunning images Dave. Congrats on your very well deserved awards.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
13 Feb 2013 5:26PM
V2 for me. I love the larger figure.
1881 9 India
13 Feb 2013 5:41PM

Regards - SANJEEV-
213hardy 12 719 England
13 Feb 2013 8:54PM
What they said^^

Great work, Dave

derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:48PM
Two cracking shots Dave, I prefer the sense of intrigue/mystery in V1 but they are both great.
paskinmj 12 11 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 1:38AM
Amazing light, colour and composition. Soo well timed too. Love both versions equally.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
14 Feb 2013 5:01AM

Quote:Both are beautiful, and among the best so far of the series.
What makes V1 special is the golden reflection in the floor, and the way it balances the image which could otherwise be 'top-heavy', dominated by the arches. The reflection draws the eye to the floor and then leads it up towards the figure. It also gives a sense of depth and mystery.

Rgds., Jim
Moira has said it so well it would be churlish of me to try and better it Dave, and the plethora of awards tell their own tale!
14 Feb 2013 9:31AM
Both Stunning images Dave..Lin
Tibetan 8 3 England
14 Feb 2013 10:31AM
Two great shots Dave, very well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
meniko 9 Cyprus
14 Feb 2013 7:48PM
Hi Dave!
Did you realized that thisone is a "nearly perfect " mousing shot???
Too funny
Ayoob 9 Australia
20 Feb 2013 12:20AM

Quote:Two fabulous shots Dave, gorgeous vibrant colours and reflections, love them both Smile


I agree with all above, fantastic......GrinGrinGrin
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
21 Feb 2013 11:40AM
excellent composition, well done with those reflections.

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