The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa means “The mosque commanding a view of the world” and this might have almost been the case even back then being elevated high above the surrounding bustling congested streets, it is kind of tucked down into the labyrinth of streets in the heart of Old Delhi. It is a magnificent mosque, the largest in India also popularly known as the Jama Masjid, built in 1656 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal and his last great architectural work.
A fine example of Mughal architecture designed by Mughal architect Ostad Khalil, also a great sculpture during his time. It was built with red sandstone and white marble, measures at 80m by 27m with two 40 meters high minarets and three black and white domes dominate the skyline. There is a broad flights of steps which lead up to the three impressive gateways, the largest is the east, it is where the faithful enter daily, the other two gates are the north and south. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshipers at one time.
The design of the mosque is similar to many other mosques built by Shah Jahan but the beauty of it lies in the hugeness of the structure and at the same time the alternating stripes of red sandstone and white marble, makes it exceptionally beautiful and architecturally, a thing of wonder. Inside the mosque, there are certain things to watch, including a copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin and several relics in a closet in the north gate.
Picture of a lone prayer getting some peace and calm from the mayhem that is Delhi outside the mosque, shot taken from some distant away respecting her total privacy.
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ourania (38952) 2012-11-18 7:41
I like very much the composition and framing that exalt the architectural character and size of the mosque; also, the discreet capture of a personal and intimate moment. The lady wearing colours similar to the wall and shadow looks so peaceful and integrated in this environment, the pillars look impressive and protective and the scale is defined superbly. I love the lighting and the way the pillars and their antique textures stand out against the shadow. There's a lovely warm and calm atmosphere. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-11-18 7:50
Hello Abmdsudi - The strong composition formed by the pillars and wonderfully shadowed orange walls gives the feeling of strength and security which works so well with the small figure with hands raised in supplication. I find the shot both poignant and evocative. Wonderful DL observation. Warm regards Rosemary
holmertz (47100) 2012-11-18 8:14
The pillars, shadows and bright orange wall catch my attention so strongly that the praying woman is almost lost. Hadn't I seen the title I migh not even have noticed her, but now you forced me to take a closer look. Although she is so small that she is hardly seen, she has an expression of very strong faith and a close connection with her God. There is a deep significance in her simple gesture. The bold lines and strong contrasts also make this a very enjoyable photo.
dkmurphys (54485) 2012-11-18 8:22
Another superb artistic capture from the everyday life. Great capture, have a fine week.
Noel_Byrne (28162) 2012-11-18 9:15
This is a really beautiful perspective on this mosque, the level of details in the capitals of the columns is wonderful. The red colour also works beautifully with the shadows you captured, and of course, the lone devotee gives a humanity and scale to the whole image. Thanks for sharing!
All the best
Fis2 (92169) 2012-11-18 9:41
I like frame and curious light and shadow.
Woman add savor of photo.
saxo042 (37730) 2012-11-18 9:43
The strong repeated vertical lines of the columns are the main part of this picture, but the red and black background colours are also very important for the whole scene. The woman that you have included adds interest too. A very good and attractive picture!
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-11-18 9:47
another beautiful and taken with a great sense portrait picture.This time from a distance to provide the prayer as much comfort and privacy as possible.I like the idea as it gives us also the oportunity to admire so beautiful architecture and this lovely looking play of shade&light.Excellent quality and delightful colors.The outcome of your work is brilliant.
mauro61 (52855) 2012-11-18 10:10
particolarmente bella questa imagine con la fila di colonne e la colorazione di fondo.
Buono il gioco di luci e ombre con la donna soggetto,
Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-18 10:59
Great framing and composition, nice detail and beautiful colors, well done!!
pajaran (56594) 2012-11-18 13:00
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o dzamiji sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na stubove dzamije ...
Dobar ostrina snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija i trenutak sa senkom.
Very interesting and good article on the mosque with a given data ...
Nice view of the pillars of the mosque ...
Good sharpness and contrast shot, beautiful colors.
Good composition and timing with the shadow.
All the best.
daddo (26358) 2012-11-18 15:31
Salam Abmdsudi. The sort of photo I like-understated but steeped in humanity. The gesture of supplication of the praying woman is so powerful that it balances the solidity of the imposing architecture. Wonderful light and colours. I see that another lunatic has gone to his judgment with a heart full of hate. I include a snippet from a press release:
Bal Thackeray's acolytes, known as Shiv Sainiks, were accused of beating up couples seen together on Valentine's Day, a celebration Thackeray opposed. He praised Adolf Hitler as an organiser and an orator, and said he "loved him" for his art.
When Hindu-Muslim riots in 1992 killed 900 people - sparked largely by Hindu extremists demolished a mosque in Ayodhya - Thackeray called openly for attacks on Muslims.
While many in cosmopolitan Mumbai resented his influence, few were willing to challenge him because of the power he held. Film shootings or building developments could be shut down by a single phone call from Thackeray, if he felt, or was told, not enough locals were being employed.
From what I know, he also asked for Hindus to use suicide methods to kill Muslims and accused the Muslim in India of not being nationally minded.
npecanhuk (72044) 2012-11-18 15:35
Special regards to the management of light, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
kato (11630) 2012-11-18 17:21
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the pillar in which the framework became brave and red wall of Mosque. The shadow is so effective, and the prayer is stationed in the good position.
shevchenko (19058) 2012-11-18 19:50
Finally I found the alone player at the left bottom, she is just good contrast with the magnificent mosque that constructed with big columns, while color of her clothes is good matching with the background color, sunlight and shadows add nice effect to the view too, tidy shot, distinct image, good shoot.
siamesa (28105) 2012-11-18 23:58
Bom dia Abmdsudi
An impressive composition. The shades make a fantastic effect in this photo. Very nice register. Very well done.
Graal (101108) 2012-11-19 0:07
an interesting view and composition. Nice row of pillars and a small silhuette of lone prayer. Good shot and comment in note.
Have a nice day.
annjackman (21360) 2012-11-19 0:08
A extraordinary picture from this amazing place. The light falling on the woman is exquisite and it has made some lovely shadow areas on the wall. The orangey colour of the wall and the repeating pattern of the pillars makes this visually very attractive.
An evocative image - very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
TopGeo (38216) 2012-11-19 0:09
Excellent moment in scene of commanding mosque with details of pillars a dynamic captured with the position of the lady here!The strong composition formed by the and the columns and wonderfully shadowed orange walls! Perfect idea gives the feeling of mysterious and security which works so well with the small figure of woman in supplication.
delpeoples (56014) 2012-11-19 1:13
Hello dear Abmdsudi
A beautiful tight crop here has really brought out the amazing textures and wonderful warm colours in the mosque. The orange tones contrast beautifully with the black ones and I like the play of light and shadow amongst the columns.
Excellent, luminous shot. Congratulations.
papagolf21 (93166) 2012-11-19 4:07
Encore une bien belle image proposée à travers cette composition.
Un art que vous maîtriser merveilleusement.
Très bonne journée.
danos (92602) 2012-11-19 4:09
excellent the light and the colour manageent of the image with the light and the shadows to play a superb play in the arcade of the Mosque.
The lonely woman as pray is a good focal point and adds life in the scenery.
adramad (42015) 2012-11-19 8:11
A wonderful image, on this plane closed on the sequence of columns and capitals of the mosque.
Ideal composition that conveys the atmosphere of seclusion and tranquility of the place, perhaps because of the effect of light and shadow and the woman we see in prayer.
Very good sharpness to recreate in the beautiful capitals, these touch orange sun gives a special charm.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
amaryllis (36329) 2012-11-19 9:04
une photo superbe avec ces colonnes et architecture, ces ombres, ces deux femmes que l'on aperçoit, une belle capture discrète avec ces deux personnes
eldancer1 (33901) 2012-11-19 9:22
Awesome composition! It's hard to see in the thumbnail but you did a wonderful job in capturing this lone person. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Good use of light and shadows. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
Cricri (113605) 2012-11-19 10:06
Très belle cette réalisation avec les colonnes, le fond colorée orange en mélange avec le jeu ombre et la dame qui est u plus a la composition
jemaflor (91279) 2012-11-19 12:42
Excellent, bravo, A great composition, a perfect light capture with these warm tones, tfs.
adores (42267) 2012-11-19 17:32
The columns, the shadows on the walls and the pose of the woman gave you a good composition but this soft light made it really magical. Great details and colours! Another good and different work!
CLODO (33014) 2012-11-20 3:01
Nice colored perspective of the carved arcades, and we have to look closely to discover th epraying woman, thought she is lighted by the sun, but her black dress is overlapping te arcade shadow.
it would have been better she is at right, at the end of the image "reading".
nikkitta (17066) 2012-11-20 15:49
Great capture in diagonal to best appreciated the carved columns and the red light in between
Playing with contrasts and shadows is so well done that only at the end I discover the praying woman
Great work, TFS
aliabazari (16091) 2012-11-20 20:17
Hi abmdsudi Dear
Landscape architecture is a very nice display. Exposure nicely done. Beautiful play of light and shadow. Prayer is a spiritual being and charming lady. Well done my friend.
josepmarin (58087) 2012-11-21 5:47
an intimate and spiritual scene caught from the distance with great respect.
I like the serenity and the calmness that we can see amidst these columns of the mosque, the nice light, its elegant shades, and the good graphical effect that offers us the repetition of the columns, in an image with a splendid color.
A beautiful work.
JFS (32459) 2012-11-21 10:40
Good day to you Abmdsudi!
Fascinating picture with interesting architecture and delicious light, good observation. I like it a lot!
mkamionka (33685) 2012-11-22 13:38
great composition with the arcades making wonderful repeated motif and great eye catching geometry. The light results in a pleasant shade which creates here a feeling of depth. The praying woman enhances so much the interest. The mosque must be very impressive based on the elaborate decorating motifs.
mirosu (15870) 2012-11-23 22:03
I like the perspective with the pillars in perfect allignment. The light and the shadows are excellent. The paying woman is placed perfectly in the frame. Great photo IMO. Have a nice weekend.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-11-26 3:00
This is almost like a scene from a movie scene with the lone prayer heightening the narrative. Considering that you took it handheld, the light management and the sharpness are remarkable. Another quality work,
Have a nice week,
Silvio1953 (133778) 2012-11-27 2:23
Ciao Abmdsudi, great perspective on fantastic architecture, fascinating composition withlonely prayer, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
maloutim (9639) 2012-11-30 11:58
Great effect given by this row of ornate ancient columns, letting us see their shadows on the bright, orange wall behind. Interesting to see the lone prayer in this grandiose setting.
Congratulations for this capture.
ikeharel (65205) 2014-09-17 7:49
Three themes combined: the beautiful pillars and archs, the special light and shadows, and the lone prayer, caught while taken the photo.
Fine photojob, POV chosen superbly and used all of pic. space.
My best regards,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (48769)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-27
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-11-18 6:10
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