Anatomy of a Gerbera..

Gerberas are members of the genus Asteraceae, that include daisies and sunflowers. They are named after the german botanist Traugott Gerber.

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Gerbera. Click on photograph for a larger versions on flickr

Photographed in natural indoor lights at ISO100, f/22, 46 second exposure using a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens.

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The forgotten treasure!

In any other city but Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal, this architectural beauty would be classed as one of the wondrous feat of art and architecture. A pity then, that this beautiful marble building often gets overlooked by visitors to the Taj and Agra fort. And a blessing for providing plenty of opportunities for quiet photography!

Itmad-ud-Daulah, Agra
Itmad-ud-Daulah, Agra, India. Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr

The Itmad-Ud-Daulah was commissioned by Noor Jehan, wife of the mughal emperor Jehangir and built between 1621 and 1628. This building is considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal and utilises similar design element, albeit on a smaller scale. The relatives of Noor Jehan (including her father) are interred in this mausoleum. Like in the Taj Mahal, the buildings and grounds are built to exquisite symmetry, disrupted only by the positions of the cenotaphs of Noor Jehan’s parents (similarly followed in the Taj Mahal, built almost 30 years later). The building is made of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones.

The King of South Africa…

South Africa has no king! Instead they have some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, including this one – the King Protea (Proteus cynaroides). The genus comprises of many species of great diversity and lives up to its name from the greek god Proteus – a god known for taking on many forms.

King Protea
Proteus cynaroides (The national flower of South Africa). Click on the photograph to view in Flickr.

Photographed at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

The Taj Mahal – Recovered after 9 years!

I recently re-processed a picture of the Taj Mahal that I photographed in 2004. The original photograph was taken as dusk and fog and pollution added to the haziness of the photo. Re-processing the picture has brought out the details, what do you think?

Taj Mahal, Agra
After re-processing! Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr.

The original photo (before processing) is below.

Taj in the Mist
Before reprocessing! The haze overwhelmed the Taj!

There is something to be said for the merits of going back and looking over old photos and trying to improve them using modern post-processing techniques.