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.