THE TEMPLE OF LOVE
One of the defining architectural gems of our species, the Taj Mahal, located in North Central India, is not a temple of worship, but a tomb. When the 17th century Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, lost his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal at childbirth, he became deeply distraught. He gave orders immediately that a year following her death, the erection of a befitting mausoleum would be undertaken. Scores of architects, thousands of laborers and hundreds of oxen toiled sixteen years (1632-1648) to create the white marble structure. In reality, the Taj is a complex of buildings that includes a mosque and other dependencies. And as much as any single property, it is the overwhelming symmetry of the building, indeed of the entire complex that is unforgettable. The gateway to the complex features an arch through which the dome of the Taj Mahal first becomes visible symmetric, pristine, gleaming. I chose a vantage point precisely to accentuate that symmetry.
Behind the Taj Mahal the Yamuna River flows in a lazy manner, no eddies, no turbulence, just a molasses-like gentle motion. According to tradition, Shah Jahan envisioned the building of a black marble counterpart, to be built symmetrically across the Yamuna. His obsession, however, threatened to devastate the state treasury. It was at this point that the Shahs son overthrew his father, and put him under house arrest in a distant building, but one that afforded a view of his Temple of Love to his beloved wife.
This is a frequently photographed view of the Taj. What makes each one different are the lighting conditions. Here are a few from the same vantage point: Mohd Tabrez Alam, apratimsaha, janink and snunney.
I particularly like the creative shots by beatmen and powerlolo. What is clear is that the Taj Mahal will exceed all expectations.
We were in India to visit Anil Nehru, a close friend from university days in the United States. I would like to dedicate this photo to Anil and his wife, Chand, who hosted us in Chandigarh as graciously as the Mughals of centuries past might have. I am grateful to Anil also for arranging a talk for me at the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. I am also grateful to Diwan Manna , professional photographer and Director of the Lalit Kala Akademi for organizing a first rate event. With countless colorful saris and turbans, this had to be the most exotic audience I've addressed anywhere.
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
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danos (103216) 2010-08-18 23:49
informative as always your mote of the worldwide known Taj Mahal,with the POV to make the scene very effective.I like the excellent placement of the tomb in the arch, as the dark silhouettes of the pilgrims to outlined on it.Well done.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-08-19 1:57
Beleza de foto com este moldura em primeiro plano , ficou fantástico a silhueta dos homens, gostei muito do Taj Mahal de fundo e magnifico , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
nels (2623) 2010-08-19 2:16
hello bulent, realy like the framing of this shot through the arch also the silhouette of the people in the forground , well shot
PixelTerror (0) 2010-08-19 3:41
A classical framing here, well exposed on the highlights and animated by the ever present masses
Have a nice day JY
Didi (60590) 2010-08-19 4:05
Salam dear friend
Very good frame quality of this scene.
Interesting lights balance between shades in foreground and highlights on this marvelous monument.
hdl (7035) 2010-08-19 4:12
Hi Bulent. Nice to see that you visited this magnificent structure too. It's not easy to get a shot without persons but in this pov from the gate with the people in counterlight it works good. Excellent framing; you made good use of the curves of the gate. Nice to see this again; brings back nice memories.
snunney (107513) 2010-08-19 4:17
If you check my India gallery, you will find I have a very similar image to this one taken slightly further away; great minds think alike :-) One can never grow tired of seeing pictures of this beautiful building. A fine well presented composition.
Urs (14082) 2010-08-19 7:02
When I think of you limited time you had to visit all these places, your shot is fantastic perfectly framed in the doorway there is the Taj, superb. Good photo job..
Thanks for your critique of my pet dog shot. Not only Chinese, in particular Cantonese, but also Korean like to eat dog. This couple must have been waiting for hours till the food was served, because dog meat is very though.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-08-19 11:24
an excellent capture of the Taj with a fine POT. The natural framing with the arched door is superb and it looks nice with those silhouetted people under the arch. Exposer is perfect and superb clarity. Very good presentation. 'Wah Taaj'. Tfs.
wolf38 (31296) 2010-08-19 11:55
Hello Bulent. What a beautiful picture frame for this world-famous theme. well done. Absolutely worth seeing Regards, Wolfgang.
Charo (51212) 2010-08-19 15:04
Beautiful setting for this fantastic temple universally known and I imagine always will be full of tourists in all seasons.
I hope your trip to India has been pleasant and rewarding.
yedirenk (11244) 2010-08-19 16:14
Merhaba Bülent hocam,
bu muhteşem yapıyı şahane görüntülemişsiniz..dikey ve doğal kadraj enfes.insanların büyülenmiş gibi bakışları da etkiyi bir kat daha arttırıyor.ellerinize sağlık.selamlar
worldcitizen (9464) 2010-08-19 17:07
This photo is elegant and perfectly-framed. The black frame and silhouettes of the people only help to enhance the beauty of the Taj Mahal in your shot. It sounds like you had a good time in India, too. :-)
emka (107889) 2010-08-19 23:44
Perfect classic composition, the view that takes breath away. Fantastic symmetry and the dark figures in fg look great.
And what about the golden rule here?
I was not lucky with the weather here, as it happens with me visiting the most famous places - it rained and was foggy in Taj Mahal, Petra and Machu Picchu.
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-08-20 2:17
the effect of your particular POV is great, i like a lot how the tomb is framed by the arch and the view of the people in silhouette. The composition is very elegant and impressive, thanks for the interesting notes too.
jhm (161051) 2010-08-20 3:04
I read your note always with a lot attention, I want learn about the world, also yet on my age.
One lovely contrast picture with the black frame, nice clear sky in background together the temple of love.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect. TFS.
Thank you very much for your visit to my last picture, I write a mistake about Swans or Geese, but it are European Geese.
delpeoples (59896) 2010-08-20 3:20
Hello dear Bulent, this photo takes my breath away...in fact there very few occasions when the Taj fails to do so. But this image is of superb quality. The exposition is perfect, you have thoughtfully composed it to give it a unique POV (very difficult for such a photographed icon), the depth is impressive with razoe sharp lines and the colour rendering so natural and vibrant. The people make the photo even more dynamic and reinforce the sense I always have of waves of humanity constantly moving in this exotic country. TFS and I wish you a beautiful weekend, Lisa
javierphoto (168) 2010-08-20 5:57
I dream to go there!
Nice picture with the silhouette
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-08-20 7:03
Hello Bulent! Excellent work. Amazing composition. Gorgeous people and marvelous architecture. Good POV and capture. Very good DOF. Ideal frame. Splendid effect. Good luck!
TRB (14134) 2010-08-20 14:56
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Doğal çerçevesi ve dik kadraj seçiminizle mükemmel
bir sunum, etkileyici görüntü.
Tebrikler, selam ve saygılarımla.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-08-20 15:32
a beautiful photo of this famous place with superb composition, very nice details and POV, I like the elegant realization and the full of life atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
BWJ (3094) 2010-08-20 20:16
This picture is astonishingly beautiful and one of my favorites in your TE gallery. A wonderful atmosphere of peacefulness is created by the perfect symmetry. Looking out through the graceful arch is lovely and draws attention to the magnificent temple in the distance. DOF and details are excellent. The silhouettes are spaced so well it looks as if they posed for you. I think the framing that you added is effective enhancing the beauty of the shot.
Graal (103038) 2010-08-20 23:58
nice photo, good idea with the natural frame. Good symmetry and presentations of famous Taj Mahal. I like it. An interesting informations also.
Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (45415) 2010-08-21 7:56
Hello my dear Bulent
So wonderful and gorgeous shot.
The front shade of people and the background world heritage are very well matched, marvelous! Splendid bright fresh color too. Very fresh color outside too.
Perfect stable framework and very well organized composition as usual. Congratulation on your great job, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!
Best regards, Takero
siolaw (38294) 2010-08-21 9:44
A classic, but it is a must to do it when visiting the Taj Mahal! And you have nice light here and interesting silhouettes at the gate.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-08-21 10:07
Great picture of the temple
I like a lot your POV and how you framed it
Have a nice weekend
anokutan (15097) 2010-08-21 13:15
Bülent bey merhaba,
Çok farklı bir perspektif ama sonuç çok güzel.Tebrikler.
quillo (11856) 2010-08-22 3:54
Hola Bulent :
El Taj Mahal es encantador lo mires de donde lo mires,
esta toma enmarcada en el arco y con
la gente es muy interesante, me gusta.
Un saludo y feliz domingo.
hay_kes (31439) 2010-08-22 4:17
Merhaba Sayın Hocam,
Tac Mahal sizin olağanüstü güzellikteki kadrajınızla daha bir güzel olmuş.Doğal çerçeve süper bir derinlik katmış.Elinize sağlık.
Selam ve saygılarımla..
TopGeo (38216) 2010-08-22 9:30
Hi Bulent I have much time to admire your notes and your wonderful pictures here the famous place and special scene presenting impressive! A brave idea and excellent work Fantastic symmetry and the dark figures in fg look great Taj Mahal,with the POV. compliments
macjake (73063) 2010-08-22 16:58
with this Iconic structure, its been photographed so many times - its hard to find a unique and different angle to view it from.
I don't think i've seen this compo before.
for that reason alone, it works well.
chris04stop (6805) 2010-08-22 17:21
Your image is superbe, Bulent. But...there is something strange. A lot of people is out, just lookig at the Temple of Love. Why? Maybe because people have fear about love? And who knows? Yes, love is a danger, but...
Ehi, I am joking...I like joking so much! Life is so sad, we have to smile, right? Bravissimo!
shevchenko (20548) 2010-08-22 19:48
Creative pov to include foreground arch as the natural frame to the background view, good contrast of color between the black frame and whitish temple, lively shot at the tourism location, informative note, distinct and tidy photo, well done.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-23 3:24
Excellent POV with this arcade which give a very graphic framing and too a greta depht to the composition. I like too the black silhoeuts of the peoples for give life. The superb architectur arise very well in the image.
Have a nice week,
Silvio1953 (154255) 2010-08-23 3:42
Ciao Bulent, great frame for fantastic monument, classic and beautiful view, good DOF, excellent exposure, I like a lot, ciao Silvio
Kielia (24077) 2010-08-25 3:14
a great document! First of all I enjoyed reading your interesting note and then I compared the various images ( I had already seen a lot of them) from this exciting place. You added a version with a very beautiful light and an excellent perspective. Congratulation.
s_lush (16602) 2010-08-25 8:16
This wonderful trample is perfectly captured and beautifully framed with compositional elements. This makes the architecture looking extremely elegant and artistic. The composition, photographic qualities and note are excellent. A very good post!
agjika (3177) 2010-08-27 0:59
This is an excellent photo of the temple of love. The perfect symetry and the silouttes are most attractive.
Thanks for your chritique and that very interesting commnent to Klaudio about the geology of Lake Ohri. As an Albanian I learned in my geography lessons that the lake was very deep and "active" with the large river Drin getting it waters from it but your explanaition is rather fascinating.Also I would have never guessed about your origins, and who knows there is possibility that our great grandfathers traded with each other in Thesaolnica, Ioannina or Berat!
ahmetgedikli (25609) 2010-08-28 13:06
Harikulade bir bakış açısı, kadraj ve çerçeve... Ellerinize sağlık, selamlar, sevgiler Hocam.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2010-09-01 12:02
Merhaba, Bulent -
I think everyone who's ever been there has one of these; I know I do. I do like the way the people are grouped; it's more interesting than most I've seen.
One thing that bothers me about the Taj is that they charge $15 a visit. I would have loved to have gone back there early the next morning and catch the dawn light on the building. But I didn't want to buy another ticket for few minutes' worth of shots.
tcht (7565) 2010-09-06 8:35
yes, this classic framing actually popped up in my mind when i took the galata tower pic...and you've done a great job here.
tober (8797) 2010-09-06 12:51
Merhaba Sayın Hocam, notunuzda Tac Mahal'in bu açıdan çekilmiş birçok fotoğrafının olduğundan bahsetmişsiniz ama ben böyle bir fotoğrafa ilk kez denk geliyoru. Eseri hayranlıkla seyredalan siluetleriyle birlikte harikulade bir kompozisyon olmuş. Elinize sağlık, saygılar, Tolga
asajernigan (21427) 2010-09-11 6:53
This is a great shot of this icon. Your composition is outstanding here using the archway to frame the main subject. The people in silhouette are a nice addition to the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has great sharpness.
Hansaphotos (8757) 2010-09-11 10:42
What a splendid picture from this well known building. The framing is absolutely wonderful and invites us to take part in the events taking place on the square in front. You have done a great job managing the light. Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!
Best regards, Erling
Angshu (56760) 2010-09-13 9:28
Hello Professor 'A'
A POV tried a million times by almost all photographers entering & seeing Taj for the first time. I was no exception as well! This classical view of the Taj sans the minarets makes it feel a bit 'naked', but symmetric all the same. After all the beauty of the Taj is in its symmetry. The silhouetted & semi-silhouetted figures create a good FG
With Warmest Regards
JCG (35129) 2010-09-15 0:36
An original photograph emphasizing well this so known part of Taj Mahal, inheritance of the humanity, and which is always, I note it, visited as much. I appreciate this choice of catch of sight which gives much contrast. A very beautiful photograph which comes to supplement the innumerable images on this magic site. Thank you Bülent for your interesting note and your complementary photograph, you are a famous character in India
With all my friendships of Versailles and with soon,
ManuMay (36299) 2010-09-22 0:18
For sure one of most impressives tribute to LOVE...with capitals!!
Good idea to frame that way including silhouettes play, great light management and fine details, absolutely beautiful...
And a wonderful informative note...as always!! Thanks!
Have a nice day...
claudeD (41902) 2010-09-23 8:59
I think that everything has been said yabout this amazing picture.I only want to tell you that this one is one of my favorites of all TE photos.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
photoray (13981) 2010-09-27 16:10
Like everyone else an eye catching image of India's most famous icon, with the human shadows, the classical arch, then the magical Taj.
yeln (11516) 2010-09-28 10:46
izjemen prikaz skozi arkade. zelo romantičen posnetek tega spomenika iskrene in globoke ljubezni. zelo lepo narejeno! TFS! čestitam!
lep večer elim, vojko
yquem46 (38752) 2010-09-29 13:20
When I was at the Taj no more than 10 days ago I remembered this shot which inspired me when I saw it
here I'm impressed by the quality of the exposure, not an easy game when shooting from inside the entrance building
An awesome monument and an excellent post
anesugur (18789) 2010-10-03 9:11
Görmeyi çok istediğim bir yer.
Bu fotoğraf vasıtasıyla selam ve saygılarımı sunarım. Uğur
Tezic (17867) 2010-10-07 6:34
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Simetrisi ,dengesiyle ve estetik çerçevesiyle klasik olup da klasiğin dışında ilgi uyandıran nefis bir kare olmuş... tebrikler..
jafadabret (56501) 2010-10-10 6:51
Le cadre de la porte en contre-jour est parfait pour mettre en valeur ce chef-d'uvre d'architecture. J'aime la présence des visiteurs qui donnent de la vie à la composition.
didemay (2945) 2010-10-15 3:05
Bulent Bey Merhaba,
Tek kelime ile nefes kesen, dengelerin karesi.
Elinize, gozunuze saglik.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2010-11-30 3:43
On my recent trip I was reasonably close to this most famous of structures, and indeed some members of my trek visited it as a side trip. I fully intend to see it at some stage in my life. You have done very well here to capture the Taj Mahal from this dark setback and the people infront of it add lots of interest. The elegant frame is subtle and tidy with the blackness bringing out the best in the styled marble. Beautiful work.
adores (46419) 2010-12-01 15:04
It's always great to see the Taj!Here, it really stands out, framed by this gate! I like the silhouettes of the people in foreground! I've been there a few weeks ago, but I haven't started posting photos of it yet!
megselv (518) 2010-12-09 12:32
Nice atmosphere, good sharpnes of depth and good framing.
ckuhn55 (2670) 2010-12-19 7:39
First, thanks for the comments on my Yosemite picture. The beauty of Trekearth is just that, I found your pictures enchanting and your notes amazing. What I like about this picture is the men looking out and the darkness/shade of their figures. It makes this picture for me. I'm planning my first to India in 2011. Solo at 65, plan to stay at least 2 months. Wish me luck. Tks
jmdias (69318) 2010-12-24 0:44
very nice this view with the silhouets of this gate and those people in foreground making a nice contrast with the iluminated Taj. perfect job
erhan1958 (15773) 2011-01-10 12:04
o giriş kapısını çok iyi hatırlıyorum
aşırı kalabalıktan ben çekememeştim
gerçekten aşkın tapınağıagra'da insanları ikiye bölüyorlar taç mahalı görenler birde görmeyenşler diye
muhteşem bir mekan
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-06-19 14:47
Hello Professor Atalay,
A very directly symmetrical framing is very effective. I like very much how you have framed the famous monument and the tourists framed by the arch way in silhouette. The contrast of this dark silhouette and the brightly illuminated main subject is stunning. I have never been to India, but my father has. He spoke of the monument, but no photograph. The dark framing blends in with the archway very nicely. A very successful, and a memorable image.
Very best regards,
Have a great week!
mirosu (16273) 2014-03-18 2:01
Exactly, you have captured the Taj Mahal almost from the same spot, but with different light, with original white color. I was there late in the afternoon and during sunset, that why I captured this monument with golden colors.
serp2000 (45970) 2016-12-10 4:29
Great! Just a masterpiece! This is very clever composition, good idea to use the gate as very nice frame for the temple.
Thanks for so interesting and informative note. I am going to Cyprus with my family to meet New Year.
GyurMaster (7651) 2016-12-14 12:49
Indeed, using gateways and silhouettes of people to frame something is always a good way to enhance the composition.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (40523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 62mm UV
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Dream Places, DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 21:30
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