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Reflecting on the Taj Mahal

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This monument needs no introduction. The only exceptional thing about the picture was that it was taken without a tripod at sunset. This was shot a month after the 2008 Mumbai bombings so pods weren't allowed on site forcing me to lay prone to get the photo...

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon EF 24-105mm L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Dec 2008 - 5:31 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:50
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Manual
Title:Reflecting on the Taj Mahal
Username:Ian-Jones Ian-Jones
Uploaded:15 Sep 2012 - 11:28 AM
Tags:Agra, India, Landscape / travel
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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41050 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 12:20 PM

That's pretty good at 1/4sec. Can't fault the result I would have had to have upped the ISO to 200 at least.

Dave

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GarethRobinson
GarethRobinson e2 Member 8992 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 12:39 PM

an excellent image very well done.
Gareth

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 2:13 PM

A classic image, full of quality, and all captured at 1/4 of a second. Brilliant.

Nathan

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Ian-Jones
Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 4:33 PM

Thank you all for the comments. Dave, I couldn't really up the ISO as the air quality is notoriously bad on the sub continent (there are loads of open fires). So I rammed the camera + flash hard on the floor, and used the timer.

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christinecilia
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15 Sep 2012 - 5:39 PM

great shot like the reflextion.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 - 10:50 PM

Wonderful take, great subject, superb reflection, perfect balance.
You have done the Taj full justice. IB

Last Modified By Chinga at 15 Sep 2012 - 10:51 PM

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 11:50 PM

Stunning image of the Taj Mahal.
Would a higher ISO greate noise if there is air pollution?
Amazing job without tripod.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 7:27 AM

That light is superb on the Taj. Unfortunately when we were there it was earlier in the day. (we were in India at the time of the bombings but not in Mumbai.) love this image - it has brought back great memories of this wonderful country.
Ann

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:00 AM

Wonderful light on this beautiful building - a stunning shot SmileSmile
Helen

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Ian-Jones
Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 5:05 PM

Thanks again everybody for commenting. Hi Kate, all ISO's would record light scattering due to pollution. The higher ISO's just make it more obvious. The same is true of thermal noise when your camera's being gently cooked in hot weather!

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UrbaneMagick
16 Sep 2012 - 6:48 PM

absolutely stunning!

hand held as well..fair play!

GarethSmile

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Ian-Jones
Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 4:21 PM

Thanks Gareth.

Ian

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4116 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 10:01 PM

Brilliant - especially for hand held. Well done
Jason

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Ian-Jones
Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 10:39 PM

Hi Jason. Ta muchly, but with more and more places banning pods, I've had to get better at handheld at low shutter speeds. Mind you, the number of pics I have to chuck is still horrendous...

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cocobean
cocobean Junior Member 2 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 - 6:18 PM

amazing photo.

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BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 9:50 PM

An iconic image well taken Ian.

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Ian-Jones
Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2013 - 12:14 PM

Thanks Simon Smile

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