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Jun 21st

2007

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CategoryPosted in: Without The Frame

Without The Frame, V

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Agra, INDIA. January 2007. I shot this image at the Taj Mahal. It’s one of several hundred I shot there and one of the only ones I like.

Shooting an icon like the Taj Mahal is tough. Shooting any icon is difficult, but the building reputed to be the “most photographed building in the world” is even harder. It’s easy to take a photograph of an icon, but very difficult to take an iconic photograph of a subject that is already iconic. This was my effort at that – to create an image that shows something more than the postcard view – to show the Taj as I see it – a monument that was once a living piece of history that is now the haunt of tourists and pigeons – a dusty monument that is no less beautiful but has, I suspect, lost the spirit it had when it was first built as a monument to a dead wife by a grieving king. Maybe I’m wrong. Lord knows there are many ways to perceive the Taj. What mattered to me was creating an image that reflected my vision.

So when I stumbled upon a maintenance man sweeping the dust and the pigeon feathers from the floor of the adjacent (north) mosque at the Taj, I knew I had my moment. I shot thirty frames as the sweeper moved back and forth. He kept trying to get out of my shot – trying to be polite and driving me nuts at the same time.

I metered off the sandstone arch and then adjusted so my histogram had as much data as possible without losing too much in the highlights. It was a very high dynamic range of light to deal with – in thos cases it’s best to get as much data as possible (ie, keep the histogram to the right without cliping too much) and then plunge the shadows in Photoshop or Lightroom.

EXIF data: Canon 5D, 17-40.4.0L @ 17mm, iso500, 1/250, f13. Image processed in Lightroom.

Jun 20th

2007

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CategoryPosted in: News & Stuff

the pixelated image: limited edition book

I’ve finished the layouts on my limited-edition monograph: the pixelated image. I am now taking expressions of interest. If you want a copy, put your name here, or email me. This is not a pre-order, but as I am limiting this book to a total of 100 copies, the first ones who express interest are […]

Jun 20th

2007

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Self Publishing: Blurb.com

The world of one-off publishing has grown in leaps and bounds over the last couple years. I’ve toyed with the idea of self-publishing a monograph of my images but never been happy with the quality I was seeing. BLURB looks like a contender – it’s based on an easy-to-use, if not overly simple, free layout […]

Jun 19th

2007

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CategoryPosted in: Assignments, Awards & Accolades

NAPP TV Crashes PixelatedImage Site

Ok, the headline’s misleading. In the spirit of The Shipping News, I should change it to PIXELATEDIMAGE SITE SPARED CATACLYSM. Episode 85, June 11, of NAPP TV, graciously sent its viewers to the PixelatedImage site. It was homework, an assignment, something you HAD to do or risk getting sent to the back of the class. […]