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Towers by AlexJHH Towers by AlexJHH
He built towers to reach the revelatory sunbursts of his imagination...

The Jantar Mantar observatory at Jaipur, India.

A short series of shots (4 or 5) that will attempt to describe the inspiration I felt while at the observatory.

I always get extremely inspired when I'm surrounded by the work of people that pushes the boundaries, bringing in great knowledge and imagination. This was one of those places.

Finished in 1728, and built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, it is the perfect demonstration of both of those attributes.

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Lubitel 166U, something like 1/125 @ f/8, Ilford HP5
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robertgilbert86 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Great composition there. How's the camera working?
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AlexJHH Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Photographer
Glad you like it - Still takes some effort to get into the 'square' mindset. It's fairly solid, and the lens is curiously good - contrary to the bakelite body. I'm going to go to the effort to use it more actually - this was head metered, so I'm feeling a bit more comfortable doing that.
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vladimir-l Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Photographer
Very cute. Perhaps rather than cropping adding a touch more contrast and burning to selectively lower the value of a few surfaces on the print would add a bit more separation. I personally quite like the wall on the left actually :p

-vl.
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AlexJHH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Photographer
Was just looking at it and I think I quite like the sense of scale it adds, as well as giving a corner where the shadow falling ends.
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babyhippy123 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
This is a gorgeous image. I love it. Keep it up! x
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LewisBush Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Totally crazy architecture, looks more 1960's than 1720's.

Tempting to try cropping that wall corner on the left, its really strong looking, but as it is it seems rather neither in nor out. Also give the insane resolution at your disposal I'd be tempted to try an extreme crop down to just the two sets of stairs, the birds are a nice touch so I'd try and make them more obvious.
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AlexJHH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Photographer
It's the left tower of the largest sundial in the world :D

Yeah, I see what you mean about the left side. I'll take a look at it in a bit.
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Mickeygr Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Nice shot!

That film was my fav when I shot 35mm! I bet most people don't know anything about it, but I loved it!

Anyway, lovely shot!
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AlexJHH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Photographer
Thanks - Actually, I think that in the UK at least, HP5 is one of the most popular all round black and white films, particularly with students. It pushes so well! Glad you like it :D
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Mickeygr Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Interesting you say that, because I often pushed it to 1600 with reasonably good results as a student! I used to do all my own darkroom work, so I could fool around with things and make it work.
Even now, I do some of my b&w conversions using Alien Skin Exposure 2 plug-in for Photoshop. One of the "films" is HP5, so I kinda still use it! Not really, I know, but some of the best qualities of that film can be applied to my digital pics.
Anyway, I look forward to more of your work!
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