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thing of beauty, joy forever
thing of beauty, joy forever
zxaar


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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSC-R1
Date: Dec 28, 2007
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2008

Just submitting for the sake of it. Might score around 5.5 or less seeing that there must be some heck of shots in this challenge.

Though I must admit that I have few shots those are better than this one, but for long time I wished to enter Tajmahal for free study and for this challenge. Unfortunately this shot is very cliche and nothing special. But it is Taj so it is in.


Post challenge:

I got my personal best which is good surprise. Then I got under 50 which is another surprise consider that I wanted to skip this whole challenge.
I got 3 favs during voting, thanks to them for appreciating.

Anyway I will keep my promise to provide printable file.
So anybody wants to print is please send me email at zxaar@yahoo.com
I will send you the jpg. This jpg is without sharpening so sharpning you might have to apply based on size of print you want to take.

Thanks for appreciating this cliche shot.

Statistics
Place: 33 out of 484
Avg (all users): 6.6550
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.6790
Avg (non-participants): 6.5970
Views since voting: 2040
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 229
Comments: 34
Favorites: 10 (view)


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04/29/2010 07:13:20 PM
This is a great shot! would have voted at least a 7.
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09/11/2009 10:25:02 AM
Originally posted by Pug-H:

Not quite a cliche shot! Cliche shots of the Taj Mahal are looking at it from straight on down the centre of the reflecting pools - yours is to the side, and that makes a difference. Plus the tones, which look great even on this crappy monitor at school.


Thanks for the comment, very much appreciated.
09/10/2009 11:22:32 PM
Not quite a cliche shot! Cliche shots of the Taj Mahal are looking at it from straight on down the centre of the reflecting pools - yours is to the side, and that makes a difference. Plus the tones, which look great even on this crappy monitor at school.
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02/17/2008 08:35:46 AM
Just Beautiful--love the tones
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02/07/2008 09:36:53 PM
Very surrealistic. The Mosque looks like a drawing almost.

Message edited by author 2008-02-07 21:37:23.
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01/28/2008 08:48:15 PM
Originally posted by Sonifo:

Wow, you got that right.. (thing of beauty). Love the tones.


These tones are on purpose, there was no other way to make it out of ordinary. I made three versions of this tone (very subtle difference) and asked my wife if she liked any. She said she did not like any of them. Well but I knew this is the right one. :-D
01/28/2008 08:02:23 PM
Tonal masterpiece, not to mention the brilliant way of contrasting foreground and subject.
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01/28/2008 11:59:05 AM
Wow, you got that right.. (thing of beauty). Love the tones.
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01/28/2008 07:55:55 AM
Originally posted by noraneko:

Arjun, this is really beautiful. You deserved an even high score in my estimation. I was one of your 8's. Great job!


Thank you.

I am going to mail you guys. Its been long time we talked. I go tbusy with india visit, but now I am free.
01/28/2008 07:52:44 AM
Arjun, this is really beautiful. You deserved an even high score in my estimation. I was one of your 8's. Great job!
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01/28/2008 04:58:08 AM
Brilliant shot. The lighting and tone on this is superb! Congratulation on the Personal Best and more importantly on taking such a wonderful photo.
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01/28/2008 01:02:23 AM
Originally posted by aliqui:

This is absolutely beautiful. Your exposure is dead on.

"Unfortunately this shot is very cliche and nothing special. But it is Taj so it is in." You're insane! You've captured the sheer power and delicacy of an amazing piece of architecture. It's not easy to do what you've done here. Don't short sell yourself.


Really I was very worried about the fact that it is photographed so much. But one way you are correct that presenting something that is photographed so much in new light is challenge in itself. I had hard time, but finally pulled it off.
01/28/2008 12:42:59 AM
This is absolutely beautiful. Your exposure is dead on.

"Unfortunately this shot is very cliche and nothing special. But it is Taj so it is in." You're insane! You've captured the sheer power and delicacy of an amazing piece of architecture. It's not easy to do what you've done here. Don't short sell yourself.
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01/28/2008 12:33:43 AM
Originally posted by wronp:

Beautiful. Congrats on your new personal best!


Thank you. You always take time to comment on my entry, I really appreciate it very much. Thanks again.
01/28/2008 12:31:09 AM
Beautiful. Congrats on your new personal best!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 11:25:01 PM
This is simply stated - fantastic! I could definately see this as an art print hanging in a home. Lovely duotone colors, detail is great...I imagine this will finish high for you!
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01/27/2008 08:57:38 PM
beautiful toning
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01/27/2008 09:39:57 AM
The monotone works beautifully.
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01/26/2008 11:57:35 PM
you've really brought the Taj Mahal back to the 19th century, where it is most beautiful.
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01/26/2008 12:05:40 AM
Exellent capture and conversion. Image is nice and sharp. The perspective is pretty standard (mind you magnificent). THe conversion gives it a historical feel. GOod Luck. 7.
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01/25/2008 01:49:58 PM
A grand presentation of a lovely and intricate structure - toning suits this perfectly.
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01/24/2008 08:47:37 AM
Is this Taj mahal? Beautiful capture. THis is wonderful of this beauitful structure.
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01/23/2008 09:22:21 PM
I like the high key effect here. One nitpick though, the little bush on the left. If you could have, one step to the right would probably have provided the separation needed between the bush and the building.
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01/23/2008 12:02:54 PM
Nice light and tonal quality. Great work.
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01/23/2008 11:36:40 AM
Quite a beautiful and intriguing piece of architecture. I like the toning.
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01/23/2008 11:02:19 AM
Wow, that is one impressive looking building. I love the sepia tones you used too.
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01/22/2008 11:31:54 PM
Beautiful picture. I think the building could be a little bit darker though, so it doesn't blend in with the sky.
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01/22/2008 09:28:04 PM
One we've all seen a thousand times before.... but there is something about the match of the sky with the stone and mortar of the building that really sets this one apart for me. Very nice.
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01/22/2008 08:22:38 PM
Beautiful
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01/22/2008 03:43:01 AM
sepia works perfectly. 10
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01/22/2008 03:10:26 AM
I like the off centre lead in and the toning is perfect. The left hand tower has lost it's verticalness and it's such a lovely image it would be worth correcting that. Well done :)
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01/21/2008 07:52:21 PM
Absolutely supurb shot. Stunning. 9
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01/21/2008 05:23:42 AM
Sometimes it is very hard to capture the intrinsic beauty of a building as magnificent as the Taj Mahal, especially when it has been photographed so many times before...However you succeed on both counts. I love the use of sepia which has both created a wonderful sense of age about this shot and also flies in the face of tradition images that try to convey exactly how white the building is

Seems slightly (and I mean slightly) blown just to the right of the main dome, but still a wonderful 9
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01/21/2008 04:36:18 AM
foreground is a bit soft, but wonderful details in the mosc. good b/w tones, sepia works well.
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