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July 15, 2005

Taj Mahal

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/500s / f/8
ISO100

Disappointingly, this distorted shot was just about the only full-frame view of the Taj that I thought was worth keeping. Next time, I'll have to find out when it's not busy!

 

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July 14, 2005

Taj Mahal - Kids on the River Beyond

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LensSigma 100-300mm f/4-5.6 @300mm
Shutter / Aperture1/300s / f/10
ISO100

"I wonder if they hang out here often?" I remembered asking myself. "Do they find some friends and say, 'hey man, let's go hang out at the Taj!'"

As I was overlooking the river at the rear side of the Taj Mahal, I spied these kids playing down by the river. They were just within reach of the longest lens I had in my back, so I tried to catch a picture of them. I think the perspective compression adds positively to this otherwise completely mediocre shot.

 

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July 13, 2005

Taj Mahal Minaret

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/300s / f/8
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I overheard from a guide that these minaret used to be open to the public before someone jumped off and committed suicide. Dreamily he recanted the tale as the person taking their life over a broken heart. "Fitting," he said, "for this monument of love."

It sounded like cheese to me; but hey, I guess they have to make their tip somehow.

 

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July 12, 2005

Taj Mahal Grand Iwan Inlay Detail

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LensSigma 100-300mm f/4-5.6
Shutter / Aperture1/800s / f/8
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I hadn't seen a lot of shots showing the detail of the Taj Mahal so I set out to capture a few of my own when I was there. This is one of the few that I really liked.

If you run your hand over the inlay work, it is as smooth are polished marble. Those artisans really knew their craft.

 

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July 11, 2005

Apex of the Taj Mahal

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 100-300mm f/4-5.6 @ 150mm
Shutter / Aperture1/640s / f/8
ISO100

After returning to Hyderbad for another week's worth of work, Jim and I stole away again for a bit of a holiday. This time we headed up north to New Delhi to tour what is referred to as The Golden Triangle: that is, the route that is formed by visiting New Delhi, Agra, & Jaipur.

We set out for Agra first. We braced ourself for the pollution and for the throngs of tourists. For the pick-pockets, desparatos, and petty thieves. We couldn't have underestimated all of these factors any less. Scummy is the ultimate understatement when discussing Agra.

By the time we made it through the traffic and argued and pushed past the scam artists and "guides" we made it to the Taj. It was glorious: despite the largest crowd of tourists I had ever seen, anywhere.

Jim and I were grumpy; I do recall. I was annoyed with the people. I was so annoyed I put the longest lens on the camera I had and shot the highest place I could spot. Only sky and building, no people.

I made a mental note to try and figure out exactly what those little eye-hooks were for when I next reviewed this shot. Perhaps to facilitate cleaning in some way? I've searched and searched but so far I have come up empty. Does anybody else have any ideas as to what they are or were used for?

 

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July 10, 2005

Bouquet of Fire

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture8s / f/3.5
ISO200

The fireworks show this year for the Fourth of July in Excelsior Bay was spectacular. Not only was the weather perfect, did we get a good spot in the bay, and there were no mosquitoes but they even shot some things into the air that I had never seen before.

My favorite was a shell that deployed five or six different parachutes that glowed with fire. Suspended down from each descending parachute were a tiny strings of fireballs. It was out of this world! Quite a few people sounded their horns in applause.

I wasn't sure if I would be able to get any good shots of the fireworks or not from the deck of the boat. The rocking motion of the water made it difficult to get anything worth keeping, even at high ISO sensitivities. In the end, I decided to try not to fight the motion of the boat but to see if it could work for me instead.

I had my camera setup on a cute plastic tripod on the aft sundeck and played with various exposure lengths. This image is one of the results. I really like the formation of the shells. It reminds me of a bouquet of flowers.

 

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July 9, 2005

Lake Minnetonka - Boats Wait for the Fourth at Big Island

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/2.8
ISO (Exp. Comp.)800 (-1 EV)

Going out on Lake Minnetonka always reminds me of my childhood spent on the water in Tonka Bay. Going out on the Fourth of July to see the fireworks shot off the barge in Excelsior Bay brings back all sorts of memories.

Some things are still the same. Boats still line up around Big Island to wait for the show. People still talk about how Big Island is haunted. It still can take all evening at minimum wake to cross the lake in the ensuing traffic after the fireworks are over. People still toot their horns for the big shells.

Some things are different. Things seem less innocent. Our trip off the dock in Wayzata was hampered when Tara reported a bag full empty ephedrine bottles in the public restroom. There are more boats, more people. I am more aware of the gray-haired scum cruising around with girl's that could be their daughter's age.

It is still the best way to see fireworks in the whole country. You can put your boat nearly under where the shells explode and your entire field of view is filled with colorful fiery explosions. There are no mosquitoes. The lake breeze is comforting and cool.

Thank you Brad and Tara for having us out this year!

 

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July 8, 2005

A Women Walks Through the Countryside in Karnataka

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/3.5
ISO100

As we were standing and stretching our legs in the golden light of the sunset, a woman crossed the road from behind and without any acknowledgment continued walking down the road in front of us. She set the scale perfectly for the scene and so I took this photograph.

 

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A Women Walks Through the Countryside in Karnataka

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Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/3.5
ISO100

As we were standing and stretching our legs in the golden light of the sunset, a woman crossed the road from behind and without any acknowledgment continued walking down the road in front of us. She set the scale perfectly for the scene and so I took this photograph.

 

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July 7, 2005

Karnataka Countryside

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/4
ISO100

Indian roads are so poor and as such there is an inclination to get out an stretch every so often. Some of the places in the countryside are so beautiful, it is even more of a pleasure to stop and rest.

 

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