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Copyright: Derek Fisher (Derona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-18
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-25 7:32
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Due to the cancellation of flights back to the UK recently I got the opportunity to revisit the Taj Mahal, this time with my wife and on our wedding anniversary. As we stayed at a hotel very close to the Taj Mahal (in fact our balcony had a great view of the Taj Mahal) we were able to visit at 6am before the sun got too strong, tried to take some different views to show the details of this wonderful building.

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wow!! Stunning shot of a stunning place Derek. Your perspective is fantastic, and as you said, the light is really beautiful too. Great to have the people in the shot to show scale. The sweeping clouds behind the building are great too.
Great that you and your wife could be there for your anniversary, even though your return flight was delayed :)


fantatique cpatage, quelle architectue, la finesse, les personnages donnent bien l'échelle avec ce pavage brillant, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Kpamu Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 12 N: 23] (302)
  • [2010-04-25 8:24]

Hi Derek

Awesome perspective. Great lights and wonderful sharpness. Have seen many pictures of Taj but this one is definitely different. Hope you had a nice journey back home there after


Hi Derek,

This is one of the wonderful shots from Taj Mahal which I have ever seen on TL as well as anywhere else.

I like the way you used the light here, a nicely homogenous distribution o it, which provides great mood into the shot. The sharpness and POV are very well done. The superb white marble of Taj Mahal stands so well against the blue sky. the partly clouds add great mood into the shot.

Thank you for such wonderful shot.

Best greetings,

Hi Derek,

Lucky you, a nice place to be stuck, especially when you could go at this time of day, It has made all the difference to the quality of light. I would imagine by mid morning the light would be very harsh, the detail is terrific with the nice soft fill light and just the few figures giving it scale.


Hello Derek,

Very different from most of the shots of the Taj. Good light and good POV. The people serve to give the sense of proportion. TFS.


Bonjour Derek,
À tout malheur quelque chose est bon... ;-)
La lumière du matin est vraiment magnifique. Le cadrage est bien réalisé et vous avez bien fait de nous montrer ces pierres qui brillent comme un plancher bien ciré.
Très bien vu.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-04-25 13:56]

Hi Derek,
An unusual angle of the Taj Mahal, still a fantastic one!
Great architecture adorned with excellent lighting. Details are superb and you managed an even exposure all over.
The blue sky is contrasting well with the warm lighting on this monument.
Excellent POV and a neat presentation.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-04-25 15:47]

Hi Derek,
A very original POV you managed here. I was here in December and managed to get a few shots from unusual angles. You are fortunate to have had a blue sky this day. The people gives a nice sense of scale of the place.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-04-25 23:51]

Hi Derek,
I think this is a vibrant composition,due to the quality of the textures you have captured, as well as your choice of angle,which is not the norm, for this well known architectural delight,and gives us the viewer, a new view of it. Your clarity & sharpnes of details, are obvious,the inclusion of people give the feeling of scale to it. And you have captured the early morning light with its warming effect on the buildings colour.Your wide angle lens allows for a closer position, to capture all that was visble of this part of the building.I bet it is much more detailed when blown up to full size. I feel the colored flowers would be even more visible.

Hi Derek,

The wide angle lens has done this building justice I get a very good feeling of size and depoth even without the people walikn about. The pov you chose perfectly captures this beautiful building and gives depth to the shot. I think the simple frame is excellent very sharp details and great colour.


hi Derek bet your glad the flights were cancelled this has to be one of your best the details and colours in the image are excellent the pov is spot on leaving the people in adds greatley to the shot is that Shona on the far left grt work
tfs regards bryan

wow, what a shot !!!
Love the perspective and the tones.

congrats and thanks,

Hi Derek
excellent pov for an outstanding capture of the Taj Mahal. viewing the photo, there is some sense of 3D.
including figures in the image gives good scale for this incredible piece of architecture.
perfect management of light for clarity and splendid colors.

Hi Derek...fantastic shot...great light and details...excellent.


Very clear and sharp image Derek, and stunning colour sky - I presume you used a CP for this?

I have to say that whilst I'm a fan of wide angle distortion (as you know) I do think the edges of the frame are a bit close to the leaning edges of the building - I can see why you've gone for a squarer format but it would be interesting to see the original in the WS. The building also looks to be tilting a little to the right with the right edge parallel to the frame but the left edge of the building leaning away from the frame.. All very minor stuff I know.


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