Frans Gunterus, QPSA  

ahj Mahal, Agra – India. by Frans Gunterus, QPSA

April 2021 - ahj Mahal, Agra – India.

April 2021 - Frans Gunterus, QPSA


About the Image(s)

ahj Mahal, Agra “ India.

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage. A symbol of spectacular love
story in India. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628 to 1658) was very sad
when his favourite wife -- Mumtaz Mahal -- died while giving birth to their
14th child. He build this ivory-white marble mausoleum to place the tomb of
Mumtaz Mahal. Later when Shah Jahan died, he also wanted his tomb to be side
by side with Mumtaz Mahal. No picture allowed inside of the mausoleum.

Please compare Before and After images. As usual, when traveling you almost
have no choice for the object lighting, distracting people in the area,
cables and all debris. I have to clean and remove those imperfections, add
water reflection, perform Sky Replacement and last but not least perform
Dodging and Burning for lighting according to my imagination. To me, this
was the different between Taking Pictures and Creating Pictures.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100.

12 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
A very pleasing capture of the lovely building. I especially like the time of day and the sky that you used.

Since you have already cropped this quite heavily may I suggest that you just continue and crop ALL of the building on the left and also the post on the right edge. Doing so would just clean up the composition and remove a few distractions making a cleaner and stronger image.   Posted: 04/01/2021 13:31:00
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Larry, thanks for your suggestion.   Posted: 04/02/2021 22:04:41

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Frans,
You have done a great job of post-processing this classical image (I have been there twice and my shots cannot match this).
But this building is such a work of symmetric art, it must be perfectly level. I have rotated your image .6 degree to the right. Does this look a bit better? I agree with Larry's cropping suggestion.   Posted: 04/02/2021 00:39:35
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Steve, I am glad to see you back. Thanks for your correction.   Posted: 04/02/2021 22:06:10
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hmm, I might have rotated it a hair too much :) You get the idea. Glad to meet up with you again.   Posted: 04/02/2021 23:21:42
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Steve.   Posted: 04/03/2021 04:44:01

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Your processing did indeed create a lovely architectural image of the ahj Mahal. Your sky, reflection, and soft pleasing color palette choices all enhance it.

Perhaps on future trips you could try a long exposure of 30 seconds with a 10 stop ND filter to rid your image of people. If everyone keeps moving, it should work fairly well.   Posted: 04/16/2021 11:17:25
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Judy, I always carry ND Filter and Circular Polarizing filter in my camera bag, but I never used it. I will keep your suggestion in mind. Thanks.   Posted: 04/23/2021 02:32:21

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Very nice! You could perhaps compose out or crop out the subsidiary tower at the left margin which adds unnecessary visual weight to that side of the otherwise symmetric image.   Posted: 04/21/2021 08:43:06
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Lamar, Thanks For your suggestion.   Posted: 04/23/2021 02:32:45

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I love it! Nice not to have too many distractions.
Although architectural imaging is normally completely symmetrical, I personally like the slight angle of view. One could argue on weather to keep or to remove the birds on the right side of the dome and the small "black" dots on the left side of the sky.
Very nice details and textures.
Well done.   Posted: 04/21/2021 10:10:58
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks for your suggestion Pierre. Indeed, I am expecting comments from friends here. Btw, I have submitted this image completely symmetrical in Grans Indonesian Circuits.   Posted: 04/23/2021 02:35:19


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