Monday Photo Inspiration – Borobudur

by matt on May 21, 2012

Every Monday I post a photo that is meant to inspire you, motivate you, cause you to pause and ponder, remind you of your dreams and hopefully entice you to act on whatever your goals may be. This Monday, May 21st we visit Borobudur, the 9th-century Buddhist monument located in Magelang Central Java Indonesia.

Borobudur Central Java Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th century Buddhist monument and a World Heritage Site.


Canon 20D | ISO 200 | 21mm | f/3.5 | 1/30th sec.

I visited Borobudur back in 2005 which is when I took this photo.   It is an incredible place that is a must see if you are ever in that area of Indonesia.  I plan to go back and do a sunrise tour. This photo is an pseudo-HDR image created from a single exposure.  I used the methodology outlined in this article on How to Create a Pseudo-HDR Photograph.

Here are a few quick facts about Borobudur.

  • Borobudur contains approximately 2,670 individual bas-reliefs – 1,460 narrative and 1,212 decorative panels.
  • The sculptured bas-reliefs extend over a total length of 6 km.
  • There are 504 original Buddha statues.
  • Borobudur was built between AD 750 and 842 which was 300 years before Angkor Wat.
  • Over 60,000 m3 of stone was used in it’s construction.

Have a great Monday wherever you may be and whatever you might be doing.

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence. ~ John B. Gough

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