Taj Mahal tourist

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (13)

Snemann on June 12, 2007

Nice! I like the way you choose to show well known places in a little different light from the usual.

infausto on November 4, 2007

saw your comment in the forum: why are you puzzeled that the folks like your picture? it is really an interesting composition. cheers from belgium, christian

Marilyn Whiteley on November 4, 2007

Thank you, Christian--and thank you for introducing me to your fine photos. The thing that surprises me about this one is that it has so many views with so few comments, while I have other photos with many comments and not nearly so many views.

And, Snemann, I'll do here what I did on the forum, and say thank you. Yours may have been the first comment I received on any of my photos: I had just joined Panoramio the day before. And I really appreciated it though I was too new to say so.

Greetings from Canada, Marilyn

Christophe Van Hulle on November 4, 2007

Hi Marilyn,

Very nice catch, this one. It takes a good eye to catch a monument in a surprising way while still being clear to everyone on the subject.

I too saw your remark on the forum and I think I have some sort of an explanation. I always receive the most hits on photos on really popular spots, even though the photos themselves may not be the nicest ones. I think these come from the people looking around on Google Earth. Probably most of them aren't Panoramio users so they don't bother leaving a message.

A couple of weeks ago I started using the forum to find really nice pictures. The result was that I received a lot more comments (okay, on my most recent pictures; people are still lazy ;-) ). The most commented one has about 30 hits while the most viewed one has over 600. Guess where you can find it?

Greeting from Belgium, Christophe

Marilyn Whiteley on November 4, 2007

Yes, Christolphe, I think you are right. But there are so many Taj Mahal photos that I'm still a little surprised. And there are a lot of NYC shots, too!

Do you know Hank Waxman's excellent photos? He has said that when he wants to get acquainted with a photographer's work, he likes to look at the earliest pictures they posted--seeing what they're particularly interested in, etc. Since reading that, I've done a bit more going back to early posts. But I agree, most people are lazy and just look at the recent ones--as I was, too!

Greetings from Canada, Marilyn

infausto on November 11, 2007

thanks, marilyn, for commenting on my collection: again ... I have to return those compliments ;-)

as christophe said: those in rather popular destinations will get the most views (from GE) provided that they have become popular enough here at panoramio before their upload. otherwise, they simply disappear within the load of all the other pictures around this popular spot.

I would like to add one twist to it: from my personal experience, those pictures very close to a popular desitination but a bit of may pull the most views: probably due to the fact that people can't decide which blue dot of the big cloud to take and go for an easy one just outside of the cloud. this is probably true for my most viewed one close to Antwerp's old city. it has only one comment.

cheers from brussels, christian

Christophe Van Hulle on November 11, 2007

You're quite right with your twist Christian. A picture just outside a massive amount of blue dots on a popular destination probably gets the most views. I'm not a photographer but rather somebody who likes traveling. The result is that my pictures often end up in a pile of blue dots on Google Earth. The ones just outside often get the most hits and I take this into account when mapping.

cheers from Hever, Christophe

Marilyn Whiteley on November 11, 2007

Thanks, Christian and Christolphe, for the continuing interesting discussion. More and more I'm coming to understand the workings (accidental and intentional!) of Google Earth!

Cheers from Guelph, Marilyn

mokosha on July 25, 2009

Very gooood shot!!!

Greetings from Serbia, Tanja

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Marilyn Whiteley on September 27, 2009

A very late thank you, Tanja, and greetings from Canada. Marilyn

damilano on October 11, 2009


Marc BOVET-MORINON on March 10, 2010

Magnifique! Marilyn Whiteley! Y* Félicitations // Salutations / MBM

Marilyn Whiteley on March 13, 2010

Thank you, MBM for your comment and Y*. Greetings, Marilyn

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Photo taken in Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Uploaded on June 12, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/02/27 20:48:42
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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