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Key Monastery  by Prasad Indulkar

September 2021 - Key Monastery

About the Image(s)

This is from my most recent trip to Northern India , State Himachal Pradesh , Region Spiti & Lahul Districts . This regions has most breathtaking landscapes and the darkest and cleanest skies in India . The regions are so remote that during the winter when it snows heavily , these regions are disconnected from rest of the country .

Buddhism is very popular religion in these regions and houses the most revered monasteries . My trip to this region was intended to capture Milky ways with different foregrounds and landscapes . Also to experience the beauty and to try to capture it forever in my camera .I hope I have done justice to this beautiful work of god.

This image is of Key Monastery
Kye Gompa (also spelled Ki, Key or Kee - pronounced like English key) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Gelugpa sect located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India.

It is the largest and oldest monastery of the Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1855.

EXIF of the image is

Camera :- Sony A7rIII + Sony 24-105 f4 G OSS

Aperture - f/11 , Shutter Speed 1/250s , ISO 200 . I have used NiSi Landscape CPL Filter.

I clicked from this angle to show how high the monasteries are usually built . slowly villages are developed at the foothills of such monasteries mountains for spiritual and religious reasons. Usually monastries are built away from civilisation so that monks can pray and live in a spiritual way.


12 comments posted

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Prasad, this is a beautiful landscape and it truly does tell a story! Composition is perfect and all other aspects of the photo are "spot-on".

Overall, a really great shot. This one is certainly a "keeper"!   Posted: 09/02/2021 14:27:56
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Hey Gregory , Many thanks for the kind words
  Posted: 09/02/2021 22:39:02

Kathleen Colligan
Your photos always tell an interesting story ! Showing this angle does let the viewer see the whole picture where the monastery is so high above the village. What an interesting contrast of the buildings. The sunlight even makes the monastery glow . Thank you for sharing the background information.   Posted: 09/02/2021 14:57:18
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Thank you so much Kathleen, your photos always inspire me too   Posted: 09/02/2021 22:42:42

Laurie McShane
If only walls could talk - what an interesting story could be told. The angle is perfect, but would it benefit from cropping slightly on the right? A wonderful image....   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:49:39
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
So true Laurie , if only walls could talk, they have seen so much from the beginning and are standing witness to the by gone years. From the Mongols incursions to Divine Dalai Lama's spirituality , these walls have seen so much. If ever you visit India , please try and visit these places - the travel is a pain as there are no Tar roads , the roads are naturally made due to the vehicle movement over the mud . But if there is a heaven on earth this is the place . Here you will feel the divinty and will begin to trust in the higher power   Posted: 09/02/2021 22:46:07

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I love this. I think I agree with Laurie that cropping on the right would be good. The winding road leads out of the picture and the small structure does seem connected to the rest of the photo...although I suspect the road and structure are connected. Anyway, that is my thought about the crop. The light and monastery-vs-village is just wonderful. Your pictures are great storytellers. I love your work   Posted: 09/02/2021 19:11:58
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
HI Andrew , Thanks a lot for encouragement . I had framed the image on purpose with a lil bit of road to give it a depth. HOwever I have cropped it the way you have said for comparison . Have attached the cropped image herewith. I think the story changes a bit due to the cropped out information.
Everyone please share your thought. YOur words help me improve my art and I am highly obliged . so please share   Posted: 09/02/2021 22:48:09
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Keith Francis   Keith Francis
This is a spectacular image - just love it. Really like how the village seems to be nestled below and under the protection of the monastery.

I've looked back and forth at your original and your cropped version and while both work, I prefer the original. For me, part of the wonderfulness of the image is the huge mountain and how small we all are in relation to it. Also, with the cropped image, the village seems to be subordinated and I think the village is an important part of the image.   Posted: 09/03/2021 09:34:14
Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Thank you so much Keith   Posted: 09/11/2021 22:00:14

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A very nice image, colorful and sharp. Looking at the image, I can see two images. This one and the other would be the Monastery. Good job.   Posted: 09/11/2021 16:20:48
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Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Thanks a lot Mr.Caine   Posted: 09/11/2021 21:57:24


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