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Iron & Bricks

This is the western wall of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. The Iron Pillar seen here was built by Chandragupta II and has been resistant to corrossion all these years. There is a myth that if you could join your hands from behind your back across the pillar, you are extremely lucky, as a result of which a mob used to try the stunt on this pillar. To prevent harm to the pillar from this practice, the Authorities built a fence around it.

A tripod is not allowed inside the Qutub Complex, without special permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, as is the rule in most of the protected monuments across India. So you have to be innovative to take night shots around the complex. I tried the shot from the top of a wall, by placing the camera with some stones supporting it, but the result wasn't as good and I finally decided to keep the camera on the floor for this shot - the only hurdle left was to patiently wait for people to move out of the frame :-)

Iron & Bricks

This is the western wall of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. The Iron Pillar seen here was built by Chandragupta II and has been resistant to corrossion all these years. There is a myth that if you could join your hands from behind your back across the pillar, you are extremely lucky, as a result of which a mob used to try the stunt on this pillar. To prevent harm to the pillar from this practice, the Authorities built a fence around it.

A tripod is not allowed inside the Qutub Complex, without special permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, as is the rule in most of the protected monuments across India. So you have to be innovative to take night shots around the complex. I tried the shot from the top of a wall, by placing the camera with some stones supporting it, but the result wasn't as good and I finally decided to keep the camera on the floor for this shot - the only hurdle left was to patiently wait for people to move out of the frame :-)

comments (9)

  • Robs
  • 26 Mar 2007, 00:28
Worth waiting! I didn't realize it was on the floor, my attention was captured by the wall. Great shot.
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Robs smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Mar 2007, 13:53
HA! You and Ellie and Mal have all had shots taken on the floor, Thomas. I think I need to get with the program. smile

This is absolutely stunning! The lighting is perfect as are the clolor tones. Very, very well done, Thomas!
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Ginnie. I'll wait for your floor shot smile
  • Rahul
  • Hyderabad, India
  • 26 Mar 2007, 18:34
Nice.. pretty sharp
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Rahul smile
  • Ellie
  • 27 Mar 2007, 00:01
Very well worth the wait too.

(I've now got a beanbag, but I know somebody who carries a small piece of thick foam with them, to use as either a kneeler or to sit the camera on so it doesn't get dusty on the ground.)
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Ellie. But theres this thrill in getting a shot under extremes without the comforts smile
  • Mia
  • 27 Mar 2007, 01:08
This is lovely, so crisp. I remember trying to put my arms around them when I was 9 or 10 tongue They had it open then. A lot of monuments have light-sound shows I believe, to sho the beauty of the night.
Thomas Mathew: Thanx Mia. I know that shots from India bring back old memories for you - that makes posting them more worthy. I know Old Fort has light n sound shows and other festivals, but haven't heard of anything happening at the Qutub Minar in recent times smile
AWESOME! smile Just Lovely!
Thomas Mathew: Thanx dude smile
Wonderful shot. This proves that patience is a virtue.... smile
This is a great shot, very well done : Bravo Thomas !!
  • divya
  • 17 Apr 2007, 13:50
all that i can say is WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

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