Needless to describe the much photographed and the most famous of all of India's landmarks - The Iconic Taj Mahal. This was taken when the late afternoon sun was dropping covered by the slight mist. The new experience of watching this was amazing, silence too was enjoyable here, I hope I've gone some ways in capturing the atmosphere, but of course a photo can't ever do it full justice
This image was taken on the sandbar of Jamuna river at low tide using ND grads angled over the sun to help with the exposure.
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adidas5nb (5743) 2014-08-11 8:25
great shot of the taj from across the yamuna.like the light and the mystic effect and the reflections.
ikeharel (72131) 2014-08-11 8:42
No matter how many times and how many POV's I see this world-wonder - it doe's intrigued as a new place to see.
The mist gave a mysterious texture to the whole, while managed a superb reflection of the complex over water.
The mist also made the sun just light-up like a bulb in the sky.
Cheers for a fabulous scene. Well collected.
holmertz (53434) 2014-08-11 8:48
This is of course the ultimate Indian photo. Even the very well known and often photographed views can get new life if they are given an injection of a new ingredient. The fabulous haze increases the effect of the sunset and all parts of the huge Taj complex are marvellously reflected. I recognize the atmosphere from many early evenings in India, where the haze from the dust and thousands of fires is ever present, but I have rarely experienced it in a setting as lovely as this.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-08-11 9:01
Wonderful picture of magnificent details (both natural and man-made ones)!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
Welcome presence of that mist with which you have worked so smartly!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week,
danos (98427) 2014-08-11 9:07
fascinating the view of this misty environment with Taj Mahal to looks so mystical.Excellent the lighting conditions with the created reflections to make the whole scenery so inviting and unique.
COSTANTINO (65742) 2014-08-11 9:15
Hello dear friend
wellcaptured scenery with Taj Mahal hidden
into a mystery here we have a peaceful
atmosphere and according to your useful
notes silence was enjoyable here and you
did it well you captured the atmosphere
in a perfect artistic way
have a nice evening
Didi (60588) 2014-08-11 9:16
Awesome picture in the sunset with the mist
Very quiet peaceful ambiance
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-11 10:15
A very original composition with the Tah Mahal. Very different from the pictures we are accustomed to see. The soft light along with the beautiful haze of the late afternoon has given a very special mood to this picture that brings out the spirit of this great monument to love. I can almost hear the soft and melancholy notes of an evening raga playing in the background.
Great camera work. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this superb picture.
cornejo (42907) 2014-08-11 10:20
Abmsudi Hello, lovely view of this beautiful place with nice evening light, and some mysterious fog, very well captured by a great pov, beautiful and good in this picture. Wonderful image of a beautiful place, good sharpness, depth, beautiful light, color and quality. Excellent work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
Fis2 (98503) 2014-08-11 10:50
Excellent POV and composition.
I like reflection.
Very well done. TFS.
Gerrit (52047) 2014-08-11 11:12
Great composition and very good light and atmosphere,
pajaran (61158) 2014-08-11 11:19
Interesantan pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i refleks na vodi.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa arhitektura i refleks na vodi.
An interesting view of the moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated architecture and reflection on the water.
Good work, nice captured moment.
Beautiful architecture and reflection on the water.
All the best.
Noel_Byrne (31416) 2014-08-11 11:49
I feel calm and content just looking at this, and that is saying something after a bad Monday! You really have captud not only an image of this icon here, but a sense of its soul, and the world which it watches pass by every day. Every moment different and here a perfect combination of golden light and mist.
I have seen many, many shots of this place but none so original as this. My sincere compliments on a perfect view of this wonderful place, and a perfect result in your photo.
Thanks as always for sharing.
carlo62 (49159) 2014-08-11 14:28
bellissima atmosfera, mistica e di grande effetto.
Bella la diagonale supportata dal riflesso e illuminato dal sole arancio, una foto ben composta e un ottimo risultato.
lousat (91950) 2014-08-11 15:59
Very great choice of the moment to show us this very famous place,but your pic is very original and different,talking about the perspective and about the atmsophere too,a great backlight very well exposed and made with the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-11 23:47
Très belle photo du Taj avec une lumière originale et une bonne composition exploitant bien l'effet miroir dans la rivière.
shreya2000 (2549) 2014-08-12 0:19
Wow...this time from India!!!
I was waiting your pics from my lovely India because you have something special in your pics. I would also like to see how you see my India in your eyes.
This is a marvellous picture having misty background. The shadows are just outstanding. I m learning from you a lot.
willperrett (10894) 2014-08-12 1:27
As you say, a most iconic landmark, but you've avoided the cliched shots that are so often taken (though I bet you've got the classic mug-shot too!) The light is absolutely beautiful, and your comment about your use of the ND grad was useful. I've got one, but can seldom be bothered to put it on (removing the lens hood, screwing on a filter holder, blah, blah. I confess I usually cheat and rely on editing in P'shop to cure such problems. But you've convinced me not to be so lazy!
Royaldevon (39340) 2014-08-12 3:05
It is iconic but in this respect, because of it location, it offers opportunities for different moods and photographic styles.
You have chosen, for me, the perfect time of day, to show it in its quiet, romantic mood. The soft veil of mist and the perfectly positioned, setting sun add so much to the effect.
Your composition is excellent.
Have a lovely day,
Nicou (143066) 2014-08-12 5:41
Merveilleuse image quelle vue et compo quelle ambiance avec ces tons doux cette brume et le soleil et le découpage la vue intime sur la mosquée les reflets et les minarets bravo superbe.
Cricri (120119) 2014-08-12 6:05
Bel angle de prise avec une bonne utilisation des reflets, l'astre en fond de l'image et la légère brume , un tout qui rend l'atmosphère a la fois calme et mystérieuse
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-12 7:23
A masterful use of the inclement weather to enhance this beautiful scene! And a different approach to this much photograph icon. Awesome and peaceful composition and good placement of the rising sun. Love the effect of the mist on the mood. Very well done, tfs.
adramad (45990) 2014-08-12 7:43
A composition of an outright beauty, these wonderful monuments, also seen through the fog, and acquire a timeless charm and a touch of mystery, its magnificent reflections create a sense of greater beauty in this composition where each element is in its site.
Great photo, with beautiful natural colors, bright light and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
You enjoy a good day.
PiotrF (18148) 2014-08-12 13:47
nice view of this misty environment, very mystical image. Wonderful light and warm colours, perfect exposure, fine composition, exquisite details and sharpness.
macjake (68432) 2014-08-12 14:07
yes, its fun to see something a little bit different.
I know if i were here i'd like to capture both...make sure I go the classic postcard shot, and try to get something a bit off the beaten path.
the misty air works well to create that mood you were searching and hoping for. and the sun on the right is bright but certainly not intrusive, i think its just about right.
wonderful post for TE, see you around
stego (24132) 2014-08-12 15:21
The image perspire a very nice atmosphere, that looks much appropriate for that world famous and unique icon of beauty in architecture. I suspect that it would be nearly impossible to get this photo without the ND, which was very cleverly used here.
rychem (36791) 2014-08-12 21:20
Splendid moody photo, great moment, fantastic light and ideal reflections
Graal (102928) 2014-08-12 23:33
interesting view of famous palace during the misty weather. Also I like the sun in BG. Good composition with reflections in water. I like it.
Have a nice day.
jhm (153674) 2014-08-13 5:03
What a very nice picture through the misty atmosphere.
We see clear the silhouette of the towers and domes.
Lovely in nature photographed, pleasant to at look.
Very well done, TFS.
claudeD (39217) 2014-08-13 5:51
wonderful atmosphere you are showing on Taj Mahal. Perfect use of the ND filter to realize this impressive picture. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-13 11:35
Wow! What a charming presentation of this truly amazing view! You have a brilliant technique and we can admire here the spectacular result of your work. Very well done!
dcole (281) 2014-08-14 4:31
I really love this shot of the beautiful Taj from across the river. Beautiful mood and atmosphere with the sun beginning to set.
everlasting (15238) 2014-08-15 0:15
No original words to add here, just a serene image giving a sense of peace when we know all too well that Agra is anything but................
adores (45595) 2014-08-18 16:18
This is really a magical place, I'm returning there very soon! I really like this atmosphere and pov. The reflection, the mist...very well captured!
mcmtanyel (23287) 2014-08-19 23:07
Congratulations for this new and unique take on Taj Mahal. The reflections, the sunset and the mist all contribute tho the photo's beauty.
ourania (46234) 2014-08-20 13:41
I have never seen this most elegant landmark in such light and tones before. Light and colours look natural and poetic at the same time. I like very much the smooth tonal graduation, the still, calm and timeless atmosphere. The opposite bank looks close but unreachable, it's like a vision in a dream. I also like how the diagonal breaks the rigidness of the symmetry. Wonderful work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
mkamionka (37177) 2014-08-21 8:21
yes indeed it seems to be on any people's bucket list.
Wonderful presentation -first time I see it from this original angle with including more context.
The light and atmosphere is extraordinary.
delpeoples (58278) 2014-08-24 19:56
One of the less common angles of this beautiful icon. I love the soft warm light, the haze and of course the stunning reflections. You create a wonderful perspective and symmetry here. The story behind this wonderful act of love comes to life in this photo.
PS: Sorry I've not been on TE much lately :(
pili51 (1853) 2014-08-29 11:28
I'm very glad by your criticism on my photo, because I consider you a great photographer, with an excellent gallery. (I know it as the wife of josepmarin) ;o)
The mist over this universal icon creates a wonderful atmosphere, I like the amazing architecture of Taj Mahal, the mysterious image, and the splendid reflections of the ensemble on the water.
It is a gorgeous work.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (54539)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-11 8:05