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Eternal Love by gilad Eternal Love by gilad

Let the splendor of the diamond, pearl and ruby vanish like the magic shimmer of the rainbow. Only let this one teardrop, the Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time...

(Poet Rabindranath Tagore)


Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna. It was built by Shah Jahan (1592-1666), the fifth Mughal emperor of India (1628-58).
It was build in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Burhanpur in a campaign to crush a rebellion after giving birth to their 14th child. The death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months.
Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. It was designed by the Iranian architect Istad Usa and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a "symbol of eternal love".

An architectural masterpiece, that has been photographed millions of times.
It’s considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
It’s my first time seeing it, and I felt like I have to try something different, something I never seen before.
I hope you like to see this place in Infra Red. A little different I hope…

Nikon D70,
Nikon AF-S DX 18-70m,
Hoya 72R Infra Red filter


To learn more about Infra red photography, read my Journal here => [link]

Yours, G
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vivekrevi Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
its nice .. just one question .. who are you really !! hehe .. where else have you gone so far huh !! really amazing shots ..
TheMuslimSleeps Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Renuplinep Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Very nice:D
Edinator Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Wow this is definitely more interesting than the average shot of the Taj. IR really makes the white marble pop!
kanir9 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
i adore this place!
norbert-zrupko Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
thats amazing!grat;)
Ann-NL Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Student Photographer
Your work is featured here! :aww: [link]
VAMPIdor Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
lovely. fascinating. simply amazing
00alisa00 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Digital Artist
I like so much Taj Mahal!
since I was a child it's my fav
I already know the story
and I think it's really the symbol of eternal love
beautiful shot! :)
keimonas Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
I don't think I've seen infrared photos before. I like that colour of the sky and the contrast with the sepia tones...and the quote in the comment :)
lestyebecomeamonster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I want to visit this place some day and capture it the way you have. Everything seems to be still and quiet
mcdave Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   Interface Designer
crocodilerock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Photographer
So imponent!
pumpkinstrings Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008   Photographer
I love how differently portrayed this view of the Taj is. It is not the typical picture of the Taj you see everywhere. It's such a great example of this topic, and I went there twice. The first time I saw it for the beautiful structure it was, and the second I saw it for the beautiful devotion and symbol behind it.
nudeluxury Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
lovely lighting..
dark-fee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes i couldnt quite put my finger in it until i read ur comments awsome pic
Vistillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
AdroVonCrow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work was feature in my last article [link] hope u don't mind!
dialac1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
omg...gilad you are crazy!!! This is an example of taking a shot differently from what tons of photographers have shot!!! :+fav:
AdroVonCrow Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In order of a big feature I'm doing on my Journal, this work was suggested by one of my watchers, hope u don't mind! check my journal to see who suggested it!
silvioi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
I featured your
photo in my jurnal here [link]
the-butterfly-ninja Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
hey i love your work gilad. i saw the taj for the first time last dec. even tho i'm indian it took me 18 years before i saw it! it blew me away! this pic of yours brings back those emotions. beautiful work.
sixspaarns Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
love the colours. great shot
sirenaamaranth Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
ok.. this is an awesome picture! i wish i had your camra n my vacation, btw doesnt india just smell to high hevens, i would love to go back but i would have to bring a couple thousand arisol cans with me.
gilad Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Very true... It takes a while to get used to that
MRCHAROTart Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
wow...i was born how you play with the gave a good feeling of dejavu in it..
Eltasia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Gorgeous scene ;)
fizster Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
wow, beautiful pic. i was wondering why u set the contrast between the building and its surroundings in that way (i dunno how to say it but it doesnt look humanly correct). i realized ur motive when i read the artist's comments. afterwards, i was bombarded by how much visual clues u put into ur piece that show the economic and social aspects of the location. i also love the carefully composed image that uses the rule of thirds (i noticed the main subject lies between two 'thirds' of the picture <-- i hope u get me, my english sucks.

other than that, its a nice pic (as usual). well done.
good luck with your future pieces and have a nice day.
jesuisrouille Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Student
splendid! the infrared makes it look more surreal, more make believe, which helps to bring out the fantasy characteristic it already has.
sierotka Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
This is beautifull, and great colours D
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's some creative use of color! This is the most unique picture I've yet seen of the Taj.
mEJ20 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
good projection with nice dark background
deaddonkeysrule Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
love itt!!
tikka-kolkata Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
India is my dream, so, thanks for this beautiful picture !!! I love it !
PE-Butterfly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
OMG - can't wait to see the real thing ... 2 months left!!!
brainboxz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
GREAT,...I like the focus. You're right to use infra red for this awesome picture.
neusale Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Is a very beautiful place and wonderfully captured by you. I'm thinking if the citizens accustom with this exceptional view.
swordfish76 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Simply gorgeous :)
WinDrift Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist
The power of the cameraman to capture the power of love. Excellent!
dandenney Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Very interesting color, great composition and detail...
EatMyNose Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007's really great
I love the Taj Mahal
letygh Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The human being is capable of building really amazing things, just like the Taj Mahal ....the best things are born out of love :)
LadyMortiana Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
My friend is in love in India and she wanted you to know that is wonderful :heart:
And I think the same as my friend :)
99thbone Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
truly a time and place -- where words were not enough -- but in a time -- where love was never feared -- it was celebrated -- later days
Carjo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I like what you have done with the infra-red - you have suceeded in coming up with something different. As for composition though, to me it seems like the same shot with the left third removed. I'm curious as to what sort of shot one could get if they got between those large trees on the right and the building itself... I'd love to go there and find out one day. :)

Great work. :)
gilad Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
pekar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007   Photographer
Low quality, but I liked the IR effect... Don't you have other prespective? Is always the same :(
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
The infrared makes it stand out like the jewel it is.
yukongirl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
Of course this will have a million faves on it...this is an absolutely stunning shot!
gilad Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Photographer
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10/500 second
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44 mm
Date Taken
Feb 17, 2005, 10:03:44 AM