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Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Scenes from Chennakeshava temple, Belur
Category: Cities 'n Architecture

During our weekend trip to Hoysala village resort, a visit to the Chennakeshava temple, Belur was unanimously agreed as a 'must-do'. It was about 5 by the time we came out of the Doddagaddavalli temple complex (see 'Lakshmi temple at Doddagaddavalli') and it was a little doubtful if Chennakesahava temple will be open after 5.30. Contrary to all fears, the temple stayed open even after 7! Dont know, if it was the normal timings or a weekend tourist special, but we all made the most of it.

It was a little cloudy after a slight drizzle, but the sun too was making its presence felt, shining brightly with a golden hue. There was even a rainbow to spice up the skies! We spent a while loitering around clicking at everything that caught our attention. My best moment came when I spotted Neelima, set against some beautiful cloud formation and a temple stupa, trying out some angles.

The pic comes with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens. I went for a Manual mode, f/8, 1/200s, ISO-100 shot to capture the silhouette of this multi-talented girl (a brilliant photographer to start with), her gear and the subject, while exposing for the sky and clouds.

Rain had formed a few puddles in and around the temple complex and I spent a while looking for one big enough to get me a reflection shot. After roaming around for a while, I found one close to the boundary walls. This pic also comes from the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens, this time set in Av mode. I used it with a f/8 aperture and a -2Ev exposure compensation to bring out the details in the reflection. Light was a little too low by now and I had to bump up the ISO to 400 for a 1/50s exposure.


There were too many other things to shoot at Belur - like the rainbow agains the main temple pillar and the red, cloudy sky at the dusk - but I am stopping at these two images from a very memorable visit to Belur.

Posted by usandeep at 12:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2011 11:19 AM
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Tuesday, 31 May 2011 - 1:25 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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beautiful reflection and an excellent silhouette!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 - 1:53 PM

Name: "Niranjan"
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The first click looks awesome. Loved the background colours.


Tuesday, 31 May 2011 - 7:48 PM

Name: "Ram"
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That is a beauty Sandeep..



Wednesday, 1 June 2011 - 8:29 PM

Name: "Prashanth M"
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Beautiful shots!! 

Thursday, 2 June 2011 - 11:20 PM

Name: "Sankara Subramanian C"
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Both the shots are fantastic, but I kinda like the second shot a lot. Excellent detail captured in that puddle of water :-)

Friday, 3 June 2011 - 12:17 AM

Name: "mohkum"
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The top posting looks so beautiful with that lovely sky and the silhouette temple dome! Also you have that beautiful reflections on the second one!  

Friday, 3 June 2011 - 12:49 PM

Name: "magiceye"
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beautiful subtle shades well captured!

Saturday, 4 June 2011 - 4:10 AM

Name: "Neeraj"
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The picture with the temple reflecting in the puddle is a beauty!

Saturday, 4 June 2011 - 7:27 PM

Name: "Shrinidhi Hande"
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now I know what all perspectives I missed clicking

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 - 4:34 PM

Name: "vignesh TG"
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Loved the first one...

you should've used spot/partial metering for puddle shot...  

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 - 5:38 PM

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 - 10:03 PM

Name: "Nisha"
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Yeah, I remember seeing some of these shots at resort's blog. Both photos have their own beauty. The puddle in front of the temple has its own class.

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