Taj Mahal Perfection, October 1982 by Ron Sterling


      This digital image is the result of scanning the original 6cm x 6cm Ektachrome (film) color transparency (slide) in 2010 at a very high resolution for printing in large size. This version for web display is a very reduced resolution version. The original film image in its original Kodak slide mount will be auctioned in the near future. This image has been nominated for the best all time color photograph of the Taj Mahal. Only very light photoshopping was used to touch up dust spots. There are no scratches of any kind on its surfaces.

      The photographer, Ron Sterling, spent an entire day from long before sunrise to after sunset in October 1982 in and around the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra, India. On more than one occasion he has said that the moment at which he clicked the camera shutter for this photograph, it was pure ethereal stillness and delight. Not a whisper of wind disturbed the surface of the pond. Only a few happy voices could be heard in the background. And, the color that local visitors brought to the scene was perfect.

      The camera was a Hasselblad 500 C/M, 80 mm Zeiss Planar lens. On tripod. 1/100, f11, cable shutter release. Scanned transparency with Epson Perfection 700 at 9600 dpi.

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