The Guardian of the Tomb

New Secret Project Goes Live Soon – Get Ready!

I’ve been up late at night for several weeks working on a really cool new project that I can’t wait to share with everyone here. I’ll be releasing it in one week, so stay tuned. Here is a little tease of some of the behind-the-scenes stuff below.


Daily Photo – The Guardian of the Tomb

I sometimes mistakenly call the Taj Mahal a “temple”. There is a fleet of people ready to jump down my throat and tell me, in no uncertain terms, that it is most certainly a tomb. Of course, whenever I do call it a temple, these are all honest mistakes; I’m always a bit flummoxed as to why people get so agitated,

Anyway, besides all that mess, I thought you might enjoy this photo I grabbed of one of the gentleman guards of the tomb. I slipped on my 70-200mm lens (See my NIkon 70-200mm Review) to get both the guard and the tomb compressed in the background. I was a little worried that he would see me lurking about, aiming a giant lens at his head. So, I took shots quickly then moved on… I had no burning desire to make a guy like that angry.

The Guardian of the Tomb

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 18:26:32
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  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length105mm (157mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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  • I’m very curious about this secret project! Some kind of HDR program of your own?

    Great shot! I really love those Indian turbans. Awesome!

  • maybe a video of some sort? looks to have movie controls on it.
    But the one thing that throws me off are the CMYK attributes in there… something for print maybe? cOnFuSeD i Am.

    Nice work here. No need to overstay your visit with that dude!

  • LOL I saw the comments on fb… TOMB! TOMB!! teeheehee… This picture is great, though. You caught it at the perfect moment. I love the warmth of the light as well.

  • Sterling

    HDR video editor?

  • Paris

    Hi Trace,

    Is this HDR?

  • Great shot, Trey. Already commented on facebook yesterday. Thanks for sharing!!

  • looks like some kind of video with the vectorscope. is that adobe on location?

  • Hehe thanks all…

    It is VERY mysterious eh? This secret project… I am sure you will love it!

  • Awesome photograph as usual, I guess this one is from archives .. btw the secret applications seems to be like some stuckincustoms-HDR tool or plug-in like thing 😛 .. looking forward eagerly !!!

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  • casusan

    Wonderful shot of the guard -love the ‘tomb’ in the background! Can’t wait to find out what the project is!

  • Awesome shots. You seem to get really great shots from India, Newzealand or is this just me?

  • You are crazy to photo Arabian guy with AK-47!

  • Timelapse video production of HDR tonemapped processed stills???

    Cool shot of the guard too.

  • Sidhu

    Not Arabian.. Its a Sikh ( guard. CISF is Central Industrial Security Force. (

  • …or possibly HDR video production finally???

  • My guess (without reading the other comments) would be HDR video.

    I like the pic! Way to branch out from HDR! There’s nothing quite as much fun as candid shots of other folks in their culture.

  • RT McDonald

    Trey – This photo brings to mind a question I’ve always wondered about. What are your thoughts on paying a subject to let you take their picture? I just read a book from a travel photog who was against setting a precedent for paying a subject. He did feel it was justified if you asked them to pose and you were taking up their time, however. Obviously, you didn’t pay this subject. Have you ever? How frequently? Thanks. Great photo, BTW.

  • Rod

    This brings up a question for me as well. Do you get releases at least a yes it is ok to take my picture release and now you have posted this to the internet is this kosher? I try to always get an ok from the person before I post their picture to my blog but I was wondering how you handle that? Thoughts anyone?

  • I am excited to see what it will be, HDR for video. AWESOME!

    The photo looks awesome, there is no way you would have gotten that image if you paid him first and asked permission, he looks so calm, at peace and natural.

    Thank you sir.

  • Clearly this has to do with Time Travel and flash sideways. You can tell by the gamma ray sequence and primitive portal preview.

  • Ah, Color Finesse 2. Really curious to see how this advanced color correction software works. Video review coming soon?

  • Also, I cannot get your site to finish loading when I’m using Firefox 3.6.3, just an FYI.

  • Tom Martinson

    My guess is it’s what Spock is always looking at in that scope thingie on the bridge of the Enterprise. If this is actually an HDR video editor, I’ll be doing a whole lot more video with my D300s.

  • @RT McDonald
    Do some photographers actually pay for that? I am perfectly willing to delete a photo from my memory card if they person I shot wasn’t happy with me shooting them, and I’m also glad to take down email addresses to send them the photo as a thank you. But pay? I dunno.. I guess if they really go out of their way to help me get a good shot.

  • This is just excellent! The light, the pose, the soft Taj in back. You name it. Awesome!!!

    Have a great day,


  • THanks all!

    RT – I have NO problem with paying people. I did not pay this guy… no way he would have accepted… Often times, I do pay homeless people and the like… it’s no problem… They get something from me and I get something from them.

    Rod – For random shots like this, I rarely ask for permission… I just shoot away… photo-journalism style… just capturing the world around me and I think of people as part of the scenery!

    I do have a longer post coming up in the future about “How to take photos of people in public” — just have not gotten around to it!

  • Perfection, Trey. Love the comp. And so much character in this guy’s face (Am looking forward to your public shots feature whenever it arrives). Also, stumbled upon this guy: – you probably know him already. Some pretty cool work.

  • Oh please oh please get around to it! I Would LOVE to know your thoughts on that.

  • eddy

    looks like color finesse…i’ve used it, time-to-time in after effects. although using it for photography is very much possible, in fact i think its a brilliant way for color correcting photography, even though curves, in gerneral, does a good job overall.

  • Its true – the Taj Mahal is a tomb that the Emperor Shah Jahan – the 6ht Mughal Emperor – built for his beloved wife Mumtaz. He had plans of building an identical one in black marble across the Yamuna for himself… sadly enough, he never got around to realising this plan. He was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb and spent his final days gazing at the Taj from his prison cell. (There was a lot of that among the Mughals… go figure). He was finally laid to rest next to his belo

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