Statue of King Nadir Shah Afshar, located in the compound of his Mausoleum in Mashad, Iran. This shot has been taken from a different angle adding new perspective in it.
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james-r (676) 2006-10-15 3:06
Hi Dr Qadir
I do like the statue, it is an interesting subject. But personally I think the shot could have been made more interesting by losing some of the distractions such as the plinth and the trees - certainly the top and right could have been cropped in.
Did you do some pp work on the sky as there seem to be signs of cloning or recolouring? Anyway, I've tried a workshop to explain my ideas.
mamcg (6079) 2006-10-17 14:18
From a different angle adding new perspective in it looks good.
tuberose2461 (127) 2006-11-06 0:10
Nader Shah(1688-1747), the founder of Afsharid Dynasty, an enigmatic figure in Iranian history ruled from 1736 - 1747 A.D. Nader Shah was born in Kobhan, Iran, on October 22, 1688, into one of the Turkish tribes loyal to the Safavid shahs of Iran. He was the son of a poor peasant, who lived in Khorasan and died while Nader was still a child. Nader and his mother were carried off as slaves by the Ozbegs, but after death of his mother in captivity Nader managed to escape and became a soldier. Soon he attracted the attention of a chieftain of the Afshar in whose service Nader rapidly advanced.
In 1719 the Afghans had invaded Persia. They deposed the reigning Shah of the Safavid dynasty in 1722. Their ruler, Mahmoud Ghilzai, murdered a large number of Safavid Princes, hacking many of them to death by his own hand. After he had invited the leading citizens of Esfahan to a feast and massacred them there, his own supporters assassinated Mahmoud in 1725.
At first, Nader fought with the Afghans against the Ozbegs until they withheld him further payment. In 1727 Nader offered his services to Tamasp II, heir to the Safavid dynasty. Nader started the reconquest of Persia and drove the Afghans out of Khorasan. The Afghans suffered heavy losses, but before they fled Ashraf massacred an additional 3000 citizens of Esfahan. Most of the fleeing Afghans were soon overtaken and killed by Nader's men, while others died in the desert. Ashraf himself was hunted down and murdered.
By 1729 Nader had freed Persia from the Afghans. Tamasp II was crowned Shah, although he was little more than a figurehead. While Nader was putting down a revolt in Khorasan, Tamasp moved against the Turks, losing Georgia and Armenia. Enraged, Nader deposed Tamasp in 1732 and installed Tamasp's infant son, Abbas III (1732-1740), on the throne, naming himself regent. Within two years Nader recaptured the lost territory and extended the Empire at the expense of the Turks and the Russians.
In 1736 Nader evidently felt that his own position had been established so firmly that he no longer needed to hide behind a nominal Safavid Shah and ascended the throne himself. In 1738 he invaded Kandahar, captured Kabul and marched on to India. He seized and sacked Delhi and, after some disturbances, he killed 30000 of its citizens. He plundered the Indian treasures of the Moghal Emperors, taking with him the famous jewel-encrusted Peacock Throne and the Koh-i Noor diamond. Then he invaded Transoxania. He resumed war with Turkey in 1743. In addition, he built a navy and conquered Oman.
Nader concentrated all power in his own hands. He was a brilliant soldier and the founder of the Persian navy. He moved the capital to Mashhad in Khorasan, close to his favourite mountain fortress.
Nader was Persia's most gifted military genius and is known as "The Second Alexander" and "The Napoleon of Persia".
rl245267 (845) 2006-11-17 0:10
I like this shot. I like the sharpness and clarity of the photo. I agree with james about the tree getting in the way. However, I still like the photo.