#18: Taj Reflection

Taj is perhaps the most photographed icon of all times.  I had never been to see the Taj Mahal before. I was curious to know if I would see it and say to myself…”Yup…it looks like the pictures I have seen a million times”.  I was afraid of that.  However, when I went to see it….from the very first time I laid eyes on it, it was overwhelmingly beautiful.  It is glowing, ethereal looking, massive, spectacular, milky, and a silent beauty that looks back at you. You almost want to use hushed tones when you are in its presence.  It brought tears to my eyes.  I am not sure I can describe the feeling you get when you see it. Made me intensely desire to be a poet.

Anyway, as far as photography is concerned, it was one difficult icon to shoot.  It has been shot and shot and shot.  I too took a million images of it.  However, as I was walking towards the Taj, the immaculate lawns were being watered…and for some reason, there was a puddle in the lawn that I saw.  In it was a silent reflection of the awesome monument.  The puddle was not very big, but the image it held was huge.  Here is a rendition of what I saw in the puddle.  When I show this image to people, they either love it or hate it (processing, colors, crunchiness, etc).  See what you think.

Anyway….it truly was a site to behold!!

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  1. tonebytone April 6, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Usha, this reflection must have looked spectacular, too. No wonder you made an image of this. The beautiful and majesty of the real building does come through in this image – I’m glad you inverted it, lol.

  2. Usha April 6, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    HI Flo. Thanks/ Regarding the “inversion” of the image….funny…I did try it “as is”…but it just looked wrong for a majestic building to be upside down.

  3. tjavery April 10, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    You did very well, IMO, with such an iconic subject, and I think it will make a fine flagship image to promote your photo-tour business.

    Every photo I see of the place has this ethereal glow. It’s majestic and heaven-like. I’ve never been, but I get the feeling that I’d be quite awe-struck upon seeing it with my own eyes.

    I think you’ve captured that feeling and awe in your unique photo, and you’ve done it in a way and perspective that no one has captured before of that place (IMO).

    Very well done!!! 🙂

  4. Usha April 10, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    TJ, what a nice message. Thank you so much.

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