2010-06-17 -- Agra

Taj Mahal! Swimming Pool! ...and that's all we did today.

The word of the day, kids, is symmetry. Or, maybe it'll be symmetric. Or symmetrical. Probably not assymetrical, but some of those snuck in here.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The Great Gate(way) to the Taj Mahal, viewed from the midpoint of the reflecting pool. Eleven of the twenty-two domes on top are visable.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
A wider view of the Great Gate(way), viewed from the midpoint of the reflecting pool.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The Taj Mahal, viewed from the midpoint of the reflecting pool.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The mosque at the Taj Mahal.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
Yet another view of the Great Gate(way), viewed from the patio of the Taj Mahal.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The east face of the Taj Mahal. I'm close close close to the building, and the dome isn't visable.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The south-east face of the Taj Mahal. Definitely not a view that is easily recognizable as the Taj Mahal. Hiding in the background is the mosque, breaking the symmetry (Gah! Asymmetry!)



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
OK, no symmetry here, just a bunch of sleepy people, napping in the shade of the Taj Mahal.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 70.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
I tried to rush the snipe here, and the lady decided to adjust her headdress just as I clicked. By then, I was busted and just moved on.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The east face of the Taj Mahal, viewed from the palace on the east side (a copy of the mosque on the west side). This was the sunny side, and few people were here.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/7.0, ISO 200
Another one with no symmetry; armed guards below the Taj Mahal. Looking at the front of the Taj, these guys are on the right side (south east?) just over the ledge.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/7.0, ISO 200
From the base, the north-east corner of the Taj Mahal. I intended this to be stitched together with the top of it, but the perspective gets all messed up.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/7.0, ISO 200
Here's the top half of the previous picture. Feel free to stitch them together....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200
Still symmetrical, a pipe diverting over a bridge.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 80.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200
No symmetry, but a nice action shot.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 99.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200
A cart being pulled by a camel.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The Oberoi Amarvilas is wonderfully symmetric too. Both horizontally and vertically!



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