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July 25, 2005

Fatehpur Sikri - Panch Mahal Rear View

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/200s / f/6.3
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News: I am on vacation until 08-Aug-2005 gathering more photos and tramping around the island of Honshu, Japan. Pilot to co-pilot, everything A-OK: autopilot engaged.

Posting has been reduced to three days per week plus once on the weekend until I return. But you know, please still leave your comments. I love hearing from you and I'll do my very best to respond when I get back to the 'States.

 

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July 24, 2005

Mika's Knees

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/40s / f/3.2
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Aimee cooed on and on about how cute she thought this shot she took of Mika's knees was.

"Mika's knees! Mika's kneeeees!!" she would say.

 

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July 23, 2005

Proudest Mika

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/50s / f/3.2
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Today we have a guest poster: the magnificent Aimee!

Today and tomorrow we have these terrific shots of our friend and ally, Mika! Excellent work Aimee!

 

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July 22, 2005

Fatehpur Sikri - Building Near Maryam's House Sandstone Wall Carving Detail

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Imagine that the entire complex has carved details about as ornate as this is here. The undertaking is unfathomable.

 

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Fatehpur Sikri - Maryam's House

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Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/5
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Fatehpur Sikri was one of the unexpected delights along my travels in The Golden Triangle area. It was by far the coolest total experience I had at any one tourist destination. It had everything including the most interesting architecture I had seen in the country thus far.

It is amazing to think that all of this disconnected stone buildings were living, breathing spaces utilized by humans. I wish we had pictures as to what they looked liked back in their heyday.

 

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July 20, 2005

Taj Mahal from Agra Fort

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I was debating on whether or not I should include this picture in the blog postings because it really isn't that ascetically pleasing but I decided to anyway because I find it interesting.

The Taj Mahal really is quite big. Bigger than I expected it to be after a lifetime of people telling me to expect it to be smaller than it actually is. The pollution of Agra also continues to be quite an amazing and sad human feat. I couldn't wait to leave that place.

After getting one last look at the Taj from Agra Fort, I recall acknowledging, "this is where Christiane Amanpour always gives her reports from India from...I always wondered where that perspective on the Taj was." Now I know.

 

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July 19, 2005

Agra - Agra Fort Khas Mahal

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LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/100s / f/10
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My apologies for the late posting today. It's been a wild week. I've only slept 7 hours out of the past 96. I'm prepping to go on another vacation (destination: Japan with my brother, Mt. Fuji here we come!), and it has been crazy trying to tie up all the loose ends before I leave town.

This photograph is a fine example of the quality of carving to be seen at Agra fort. In many ways, I appreciated the fort more than the Taj Mahal...although I am not sure it is fair or possible to compare the two in any meaningful way.

Looking back upon the metering values for this shot, I probably could have turned down the ISO by at least two stops; but I am pleased well enough with how this shot turned out: grainy off the camera or not.

Having that hard light stare directly into my 15mm ultra-wide created a bright spot caused by internal reflections to appear to the upper right of doorway. I used the color replacement tool to knock that down and the standard double HSL-adjustment layer technique to convert the image to a monochromatic one. Final touches were accentuating the grain with my favorite scanned T-Max grain field and a levels adjustment.

 

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July 18, 2005

Agra Fort - Moat

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Many of India's ruins are filled with a sense of past glory. Here, the Agra Fort gives one this impression as well.

The fort also provides a splendid view of the air pollution, either from looking down the moat, as we have here, or later when you can look towards the city.

 

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July 17, 2005

Minnehaha Falls

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Minnehaha Falls, "laughing water," for the sound the creek makes as it gurgles from Lake Minnetonka to the Mississippi. The falls—the last major hump before reaching the mighty river—are only a short 20-minute bike ride from my house.

 

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July 16, 2005

Friendship is the Key to Happiness

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An actualized person can be comfortable and secure when alone, but we humans are social creatures and having friends than can spontaneously break out into song is the true key to happiness.

That is exactly what happened last weekend at one of our many summertime get-together events. Singing can start as quickly as Mika (at right) turning and remarking, "Aimee, I would like to sing you a song..."

Mika made an excellent assortment of food. There was cous-cous and gazpacho, fresh guacamole and chips. Jer made freeze squeezed lime juices and Chun Hua brought a beautiful assortment of cut fruit served in a watermelon rind. I brought a cheesecake with strawberry rhubarb sauce made straight from my garden. It was an excellent time made and had by all.

 

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