At the Palace Grounds.
Photo for March 2011: India
My last cover image from India. This was one of the keepers that really caught my eye when I was editing. Shooting at one of the Seven Wonders of the world was not an easy task. We had to apply for a permit to get our tripods in, get our bags searched and were in the end not allowed to use the support equipment on the Palace grounds. Yes, the tripods were only allowed outside the Palace where you will not really see anything worthwhile. By the time we had our bags checked, a thousand people were already in the palace. So much for being 2nd in the queue at 5 in the freezing morning.
Once inside, a guide approached me and brought me around. Bringing me to some common angles, I gestured to him stating that I did not want this common angles where I saw the thousand people who got in earlier than me. He said ok and asked me to speed up. Armed with 2 bodies (17 TSE and 16-35 wide angle), we made our way through various spots. He would stop and say HERE. I would look up and see an unconventional view of the granduer ahead. AT times, I would shake my head and we would move on.
We got into the Mosque and I tapped him on the shoulder and we stopped. I saw this image and slowly placed the tripod down while he acted as the pair of eyes on the back my head. 3 shot HDR and I was done.
The cost for his services? USD20 and it was only later on then I realised I paid way too much. But the images were in the bag and I was in high spirits the rest of the day.
Gear: 5D Mark II, 17 TSE, Sirui tripod and Kirk BH-3.
Post-processing software: Aperture, Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS4.