Let the splendor of the diamond, pearl and ruby vanish like the magic shimmer of the rainbow. Only let this one teardrop, the Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time...
(Poet Rabindranath Tagore)
Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna. It was built by Shah Jahan (1592-1666), the fifth Mughal emperor of India (1628-58).
It was build in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush a rebellion after giving birth to their 14th child. The death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months.
Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. It was designed by the Iranian architect Istad Usa and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a "symbol of eternal love".
An architectural masterpiece, that has been photographed millions of times.
Its considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Its my first time seeing it, and I felt like I have to try something different, something I never seen before.
I hope you like to see this place in Infra Red. A little different I hope
Nikon AF-S DX 18-70m,
Hoya 72R Infra Red filter
To learn more about Infra red photography, read my Journal here => [link]
pumpkinstringsFeatured By OwnerNov 8, 2008 Photographer
I love how differently portrayed this view of the Taj is. It is not the typical picture of the Taj you see everywhere. It's such a great example of this topic, and I went there twice. The first time I saw it for the beautiful structure it was, and the second I saw it for the beautiful devotion and symbol behind it.
hey i love your work gilad. i saw the taj for the first time last dec. even tho i'm indian it took me 18 years before i saw it! it blew me away! this pic of yours brings back those emotions. beautiful work.
ok.. this is an awesome picture! i wish i had your camra n my vacation, btw doesnt india just smell to high hevens, i would love to go back but i would have to bring a couple thousand arisol cans with me.
wow, beautiful pic. i was wondering why u set the contrast between the building and its surroundings in that way (i dunno how to say it but it doesnt look humanly correct). i realized ur motive when i read the artist's comments. afterwards, i was bombarded by how much visual clues u put into ur piece that show the economic and social aspects of the location. i also love the carefully composed image that uses the rule of thirds (i noticed the main subject lies between two 'thirds' of the picture <-- i hope u get me, my english sucks.
other than that, its a nice pic (as usual). well done.
good luck with your future pieces and have a nice day.
I like what you have done with the infra-red - you have suceeded in coming up with something different. As for composition though, to me it seems like the same shot with the left third removed. I'm curious as to what sort of shot one could get if they got between those large trees on the right and the building itself... I'd love to go there and find out one day.