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VF Orig. Print Signed by Photographer of the Taj Mahal, October 1982.
Entitled "Taj Mahal Perfection." This digital image is the result of scanning the original 70mm square Ecktachrome color transparency (1982 slide) at high resolution with a Epson Perfection 750 in 2019. This version for web display is a very reduced resolution version. 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 only one day from sunrise to 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 at the moment at which he clicked the camera shutter extension release for this photograph, that there was a 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.