The Taj Mahal from Akbar’s Palace

Another Nice Workshop Review

Thanks for all the nice emails and tweets everyone; I’m glad you had a good time. That is right, I still have no plans for future workshops, but I do appreciate all the feedback and kind requests.

Chris Stamper wrote an HDR Workshop Review on his blog that was very nice. Thanks Chris – I am happy you enjoyed it! Keep up the good HDR work and fight the good fight for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nikon D3S Review Continues

I have a Nikon D3S still on loan from, and I’m putting together some images for my Nikon D3S Review. ย I don’t have it finished yet…. these things take a while, but, so far, I am very impressed!

In fact, I’m so impressed, that I am going to B&H Photo tonight to buy the full thing as a backup to my D3X! (You can see more info there on my Nikon D3X review)

The Taj Mahal from Akbar’s Palace

This image below was made with some textures from my Textures Tutorial. This is the only time that I “color” photos. Many times, I think people might think that I “paint” on top of my photos, but I do not. Sometimes, however, when I have an image that came out, ummm, a little more boring that it should be, I will give it a texture treatment. Maybe you are like me, and, on occasion, you take what you think will be a great shot. Then, you get home, and it just came out sort of boring.. that is always a bummer feeling. To get around that, I often use textures that I have collected from around the world.

Akbar’s palace has about one-tenth the number of visitors of the Taj Mahal, and it is almost just as stunning for photography. There are so many interesting and fun compositions, you just can’t go wrong. I recommend a full day here and a full day in and around the Taj Mahal. Besides these two major locations, the city streets, alleys, and everything in between are also highly recommended!

The Taj from Akbar's Palace

  • casusan

    Oh wow! This is cool – looks like a movie set! Chris review was super – very intuitive!

  • Morten Kristoffersen

    Wonderful picture, Trey! I like the colors and the way you have applied the textures.

  • I like the way you enhanced the photo with textures!!! Very pretty. Thanks again for taking us to all these wonderful places. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bhanu

    Nice one Trey! I remember that view from my trip to Agra! Wonderful place!
    Did you hear the story that went along with this view?

  • paddy

    ooooh wow. what texture did you use for this.

  • I’m not much for textures, but this one is great!

  • Jack Rice

    Cool review and insightful to the events of the day, sounds excellent.

    The D3S sounds like an interesting investment, less megapixels for those giant spreads, but then better low light performance – will be interesting to hear your review. There was an good TWiP episode where they did quite an indepth talk about it, sounds good though.

    Nice photo and use of texture, they work well on the photos where the subject itself has that kind of textured look to it. And is that the Taj Mahal in the distance?

  • Thanks so much — glad you dig it…

    Jack – yes that is the Taj Mahal in the distance

  • VERY cool! Looks like some old picture from the early 1900’s or late 1800’s. I REALLY like it!! Very awesome!

  • Cool texture effects indeed. Congrats!

    Quick Q: Is the Taj Mahal background added in post production or was it part of the composition?

  • Wonderfully evocative image, Trey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • PJ


    What program do you use to organize so many photographs??? Thanks in advance.

  • I am putting together an ebook on my workflow – I get many questions about this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow! its so cool..

  • ursinus

    Sorry but these are all pedestrian images that tell us nothing about India. There are so many hundreds of other photographers producing interesting, informative, beautiful images of India. Don’t be fooled by Photoshop.

  • You don’t have to like them, but you needn’t be so painfully critical of others’ works of art. Photographers can do whatever they like with the IP they own.

  • Pratyush Pattanaik

    If you don’t like the photos, why are you here? You seem to have quite an expert opinion on India photos. Are you Indian? If you are then I’m ashamed of your attitude because I’m from India myself. Yes there are so many photographers who take beautiful photos about India, and each has his/her own style and impression of showing them, Trey has his own, in the short time he might have spent in the country. And his images are beautiful in their own way. Trey might not be a Michelangelo or a Da Vinci, but the passion and honesty about his methodology and his downright humility to connect with ordinary people who have no prior experience of photography, is probably inspiring thousands of novices to discover their artistic inside. And who knows this man’s willingness & eagerness to give back to the community may spawn multiple awesome artists out of nobody’s, in future. So stop your negative rants and go take a dip in the holy Ganges…you need it.

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