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Taj Mahal - as we see it there

 
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Apr 10, 2015 23:36 |  #1

Taj is huge, and also presents a high visual contrast in terms of color & light. This makes it very difficult to capture the scene the way a human eye sees it. About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. Most of them click a bunch of pictures. All these pictures present the same stereo typed flat view of the Taj. In this series I am attempting to look at the majestic monument with a human perspective.

In the picture #1 above, you see the Taj Mahal along with the pillars as well as the layers of the main gate and its beautiful inlay work. This is a view that you can typically get if you visit the monument. The size of the human beings in the serpentine queues on the ground level, as well as the plinth level could give you an idea on how big the main structure is. You can see the monument from all across the city, but it is beautifully hidden as you approach it through the multiple gates and walkways. This generates an awe and a pleasant shock when you see it for the first time up close. I have tried capturing that first sighting in the above picture while ensuring a perspective that is close to viewing it in person. This is how it looks in reality, not the silhouette of the gate and a small part of the monument that you usually see in pictures. Hope you like it. More to come...

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Apr 17, 2015 17:49 |  #2

Great image, Sharad. I saw it earlier on your Flickr page and hadn't noticed the enormous crowds. The people are so small. If that's the line (queue) to get inside, I guess I'll never see the inside. I couldn't wait in that line.

I look forward to more images in this series. It may be the only way many of us ever get to see the Taj Mahal.


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Apr 23, 2015 11:30 |  #3

M_Six wrote in post #17521714 (external link)
If that's the line (queue) to get inside, I guess I'll never see the inside. I couldn't wait in that line.

Best time to go is first thing in the morning. the lineups are shorter and the light more dramatic.

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May 07, 2015 07:16 |  #4

Totally amazing image! I have read much about Taj Mahal and every photograph tells the story in my head :)


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May 11, 2015 13:42 |  #5

Nicely done!!


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Jul 30, 2018 06:14 |  #6

Coming back to this original thread, after a long break, to complete the story.
It was drizzling that day. The grass and bushes had a glow that made me choose this unusual composition instead of the standard front view. I know that the architects who designed this monument were crazy about symmetry, but it looks great from unusual angles too.

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Jul 31, 2018 02:29 |  #7

Here comes the next one...

In this picture we see the Taj at Sunset from close proximity. It is the golden hour. The shadows are darker while the colors are warm. There is a big crowed, but the people are too small to be a bother. I was lucky to not have any one closer to me in this shot.

The previous picture was clicked using Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, which is extremely wide on a full-frame body. For this one, I used the Sigma 35mm Art lens. 35mm is not wideangle for a monument of this enormity, but it provides a good perspective narrowing down just to the subject. So here it is, the Taj - up close and intimate, without the perspective distortion that a wider focal length would have introduced. I hope you can feel the warmth of the golden hour.

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Aug 01, 2018 06:50 |  #8

The story goes on...

The sun set, and I went back to the hotel from where I could see the beautiful view of the Taj in the moonlit night and the city lights. But that was through the thick dark glass window. So I requested them let me go to the terrace. They finally agreed after some pushing. I did not have a tripod and this needed a very long exposure. So I had to tie the camera and lens on a parapet railing. It was dangling from the top of a tall building! I had my arms stretched to catch it, if it falls :) Some folks around me were worried that it wasn't really the camera that was about to fall, it was actually me getting ready for that act ;)

Anyway, finally I got the shot I was looking for. Here it is:

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Aug 02, 2018 10:18 |  #9

I look up at the Taj, up close and personal. The beauty surrounds you almost completely while you loose track of the real world. The pillars seem to lean forward and wrap their arms around you.

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