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DHAMEK STUPA

By TOTON2017
When was it built: Originally constructed in 249 BCE later replaced in 500 CE

Who built it: Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty

Where is it located: Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why was it built: Buddhist Pilgrimage

Architectural Style: Buddhist Art and Architecture


Tags: Architecture Historical buildings Buddhism

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
10 Jan 2019 5:07PM
Its nice to have all this background information, thank you.

Apart from a few bits of dirt/hairs on the lens, the image can look better with more exposure, and if its sharper.

Including a lot of sky in an image tends to requite an exposure correction of around +1, which would benefit this.

Shutter priority is an odd mode to use here, I would expect P mode or better still Aperture priority set to about f/8, but the camera selected f/22, which causes overall drop in sharpness (aperture below f/11 will cause this). Perhaps this mode was left over from another shot?

To show the difference when the image is brighter, and sharper, Ive uploaded a mod. I removed the debris from the lens, and cropped to remove that hedge bottom left, and the partial person on the right.


I hope you can see the benefit of exposure correction and using a larger aperture, f/8 to f/11.


Regards


Willie

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10 Jan 2019 5:34PM
Thank you so much for your valuable information. Thanks a lot.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2232 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2019 5:59PM
Willie has covered a lot of ground above! Can I just add one point.

With a vertical subject like a tower, portrait (vertical) format seems the obvious choice... But it isn't necessarily the best choice. This looks cramped, there isn't enough horizontal baseline to support the tower. Whereas if you shot a landscape (horizontal) frame and maybe cropped to square, you would have that solid base and the image would balance better for me.

Nice to include people for a sense of scale!
Moira
paulbroad 12 131 1289 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2019 9:55AM
You are not getting the best quality and thatr is possibly the F22. Why did you choose that setting? You will not get the best from the lens and it emphasises the dust and hairs. F8 would have been quite adequate.

Paul
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1666 England
16 Jan 2019 6:29AM
To add to the above comments...

f/22 makes the dirt on the sensor more apparent - a wider aperture would still show it up, but it would be less sharp. The bottom line, though, is that hte sensor needs cleaning - you can do it yourself with the correct equipment, following one of htem any tutorials on YouTube, or have it done at a camera shop or repair centre.

I'll also add that thee way the building appears to be leaning away from the camera is becauseyou took the picture looking up at it from quite close, using the wide end of your zoom. A more natural look is easy - go back (if there is space to do so) and use the telephoto end of the zoom from three times the distance.

Going close and looking up can make an effective shot, but it works best, for me, with angular, geometrical modern buildings. The rounded and organic shape of this structure doesn't give the same look at all... For those of us who are unfamiliar with Buddhist Art and Architecture, a more forensic view would be helpful, because it would let us appreciate the shape. A straightforward view would introduce us to the subject, and give us a clearer mental picture of what the building is like, which appeals to me, and probably to many others.

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