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Eternal Love


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
Image details
Image size
800x551px 379.58 KB
Shutter Speed
10/500 second
Focal Length
44 mm
Date Taken
Feb 17, 2005, 10:03:44 AM
© 2005 - 2022 gilad
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JaiShreeRamji's avatar

If you want to know truth , it is actually a Shiv Temple , solid proofs are available on YouTube , We are Eternals

rikesh's avatar

Love the contrast of the dark sky.

vivekrevi's avatar
its nice .. just one question .. who are you really !! hehe .. where else have you gone so far huh !! really amazing shots ..
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Edinator's avatar
Wow this is definitely more interesting than the average shot of the Taj. IR really makes the white marble pop!
kanir9's avatar
i adore this place!
thats amazing!grat;)
Ann-NL's avatar
Your work is featured here! :aww: [link]
VAMPIdor's avatar
lovely. fascinating. simply amazing
00alisa00's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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
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pumpkinstrings's avatar
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's avatar
lovely lighting..
dark-fee's avatar
yes i couldnt quite put my finger in it until i read ur comments awsome pic
AdroVonCrow's avatar
This work was feature in my last article [link] hope u don't mind!
dialac1's avatar
omg...gilad you are crazy!!! This is an example of taking a shot differently from what tons of photographers have shot!!! :+fav:
AdroVonCrow's avatar
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's avatar
I featured your
photo in my jurnal here [link]
the-butterfly-ninja's avatar
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.
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