The Way I See It

Archive for the ‘tibet’ Category

Happy New Year! Tashi Delek!

with 15 comments

Ringha Prayer Flags

Ringha Prayer Flags

Happy New Year, everyone! The Tibetans have a greeting, “Tashi Delek”. It means auspiciousness and wellness. I wish you many Tashi Deleks. May 2012 bring you much laughter, prosperity and health.

Photog Notes
1/10 second, f/27, ISO 400. I made this image at the Ringha Monastery, one of the most sacred places that I’ve ever been to. We arrived in the late afternoon. It was deafeningly silent, save for the gentle whispering of the wind in the trees and the flapping of the prayer flags, as they released their messages to the heavens. To help convey the feeling of the place, I decided to try to capture the motion and whirls of colors about me.

Written by xinapray

December 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Gyalthang

with 5 comments

Stupa

Stupa

Gyalthang, also known as Zhongdian or Shangri-la, sits in the ancient Kingdaon of Kham, on the Tibetan Plateau. Geographically, it is located in northern Yunnan province, almost on the border with Sichuan. Although under Chinese rule, the region is predominantly Tibetan, with a small population of Han Chinese and other ethnic minorities.

Had things gone according to plan, I would have spent today flying home from a visit to Gyalthang. But the trip was canceled at the last minute and I ended up being able to spend Thanksgiving at home, something that I am extremely thankful for. These images are from September, on a prior trip.

Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Photog Notes
I made these images under some pretty difficult lighting conditions. Stupa was taken in the afternoon, under a bright blue sky with puffy white clouds and strong directional light. The shot was made in the shadow-strewn square, resulting in a bright sky and dark architectural details. In processing, I applied a generous amount of lightening to bring out the beauty in the colors and decorative details. Pilgrims, on the other hand, was shot under a gray, overcast sky right after an afternoon storm. The dull lighting resulted in a rather flat image. To counter this, I applied a teeny bit of Orton effect to give the tones a kick as well as to add a bit of depth. Overall, both images took a bit of work but I’m pretty pleased with the results. They help reflect the colorfulness and vibrancy of life in Gyalthang.

 

Written by xinapray

November 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Pilgrimage

leave a comment »

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Sitting amidst a high-country pine forest on the Tibetan Plateau, the Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddhas is regarded as one of the most sacred of locations for Kham Tibetans. The temple dates back seven hundred years. Devotees come from throughout the region to pray for good health and to be blessed with children. To raise their karma, they release chickens and other animals previously slated for slaughter and afterward, they walk clockwise around the grounds in meditation.

We got to Ringha late in the afternoon. As we made our way in, the wind whispered amidst the trees and stupas as the flags that seemed to adorn everything flapped gently in the wind, releasing their mantras and prayers to the heavens. In the waning sunshine, we made our way around the hill, stopping now and then to take in the view but mainly, we walked in silence, in awe of the sacredness of the place.

.

Written by xinapray

July 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Facetime

leave a comment »

Written by xinapray

November 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

On The Way To Kangding

leave a comment »

I made these images on our way into Kangding, the last Khampa/Tibetan town on our itinerary. Beyond Kangding, we were to journey to Chengdu, from where we would leave the region. “Here we can see some blue sky. Later on, we cannot see.” said Sonam, our guide. Because of what we witnessed as we made our way to the big city, these words have resonated with me since.

 

On the way to Kangding

Written by xinapray

November 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Sichuan Landscape

with 2 comments

Sichuan Landscape

I made this exposure on the drive from Yajiang to Kangding. I like it because the dramatic light accentuates the dry, desolate terrain that is typical of this part of the Sichuan high country.

Written by xinapray

November 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

The Earth and The Sky

leave a comment »

Images of Sichuan: The Earth and The Sky

I made this exposure on the drive from Litang to Yajiang. It is one of my favorites because it represents one of the things that I see in my mind’s eye when I think about our trip: gorgeous sometimes-gentle sometimes-severe hills, pristine blue skies (occasionally with a tint of green), and the ever-present billowing clouds that cast the most pleasing patterns of shadow and light on the landscape.

Written by xinapray

November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

%d bloggers like this: