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Is there life without selfies ?

Is there life without selfies ?
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4561 W: 17 N: 10840] (44098)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-12-24
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-04 15:17
Viewed: 874
Points: 66
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Mumbai - Is there life without selfies ?

Also India is in the grip of selfies. Just about everywhere I went.
But yes, there is life without selfies ! I am the living proof :)

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these Sikhs taking a selfie.

On the background the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The hotel's original building was commissioned by Jamsetji Tata, an Indian pioneer industrialist.
Tata founded what would later become the Tata Group of companies. According to Wikipedia he’s regarded as the legendary ‘Father of Indian Industry’.

The hotel opened its doors to guests on 16 December 1903.
No, I didn’t stay there :) but I did go inside (not into the rooms). The interior is certainly as beautiful as the outside.

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To BennyV: aanslagen in november 2008PaulVDV 1 2018-02-05 03:39
To holmertz: the interiorPaulVDV 1 2018-02-05 03:42
To emka: a busy periodPaulVDV 1 2018-02-05 03:46
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Bonjour, cher Paul,
Une réussite à tous les niveaux, sujet, présentation, qualité photographique, note d'accompagnement très intéressante.
Une réussite en quelque sorte !

Salut Paul,
Superbe photo ave ce magnifique palais pris à un moment intéressant avec ces lumières. Bien la composition avec la foule en avant-plan et surtout le détail de ce selfi ... en point fort, bien composée cette image.

Spectacular buildings with attractive decorative lights. Looks like a nice enjoyable atmosphere in front of it. Well seen.


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10773 W: 146 N: 27120] (129847)
  • [2018-02-04 23:31]
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Hello Paul,
I am disappointed that you didn't stay in this hotel (hahaha). I remember that in 2008 there was an terrorist attack there with very many people killed and wounded. As anything to memorize about this tragedy in the hotel?
Splendid evening shot, wonderful illumination. But this crowd of people makes the biggest impression. Was it special occasion or it is always so? Amusing view of these Sikhs taking selfie. We are neighbors today. In my picture people do not take selfie. Even they do not have mobiles.There are still such places in the world,

kind regrad s MAlgo

Bonjour Paul,
Tu as commencé fort avec ta série indienne ! Et je vois que tu mélanges les genres, comme il se doit, car Inde, les contrastes sont si flagrants. Le luxe et la modernité côtoient la pauvreté et les taudis.
Bien vue cette photo de prise de selfies devant le palace illuminé !
Excellente gestion de la lumière : On peut même bien observer l'expression des visages dans l'obscurité.
Merci pour cette image très intéressante.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-02-05 1:17]


quelle compo nocturne et vue superbe avec toutes cette animation sur la place et ces personnes quelle image et captage ce homme qui se fait sel fie et quel édifice en fond avec cette architecture ces tours c'est merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-02-05 1:29]

Hallo Paul,
Ach, ik kan me zo storen aan mensen die selfies nemen en dan nergens anders meer op letten dan op zichzelf en die malle hengel van ze. Maar we doen er vrij weinig aan. Op zich staan al die selfie-makende mensen wel weer leuk op zo'n foto en het hotel in de achtergrond is prachtig. Een imposant gebouw dat heel mooi verlicht wordt tegen een mooie avondlucht.

Hello Paul,
It's quite funny to watch this crowd and the Sikhs taking selfies of their colourful turbans. The evening light is enchanting and of course the hotel provides a very nice background. I have also just been inside the lobby. I suppose I could have stayed there when I was in Bombay on business in 1996, but I preferred a smaller hotel in a less touristy part of the city (it really said Bombay on my flight ticket from Delhi). I think the economy department of my company liked the cheaper bill better.
Kind regards,

In India too...same all over.

Dag Paul

Knappe foto van dit fantastische hotel, de mensenmassa op de voorgrond zorgt voor leuke 'couleur locale'. Is dit niet het hotel waar een paar jaar geleden die grote aanslag was?


Olá Paul,
bonita mesmo essa captura da construção, a luminosidade geral aqui ficou excelente, assim como as cores, apesar da luz já fraca. Curiosa a Selfie também. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Dag Paul
Opmerkelijke manier om een selfie te maken. Zoveel interestante achtergrond mogelijkheden en dan kies je voor selfie met de grond als achtergrond. Het is tijd voor een boek als: Selfies voor Dummy’s. Gelukkig heb jij beter opgelet bij het maken van deze fraaie foto.
Groet Rob

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
  • [2018-02-05 5:29]

Dag Paul,

Een heel mooie avond foto met de verlichting van het gebouw in de achtergrond.
Elke week maak ik mij zorgen over die fameuze selfie fotografen.
Hoe dikwijls heg ik al een bijna tegen mijn hoofd gehad, want kijken in omtrek doen ze gewoon niet.
Een heel drukke plaats zo te zien, maar goed foto werk, bedankt

Groeten uit een zeer zonnig Vlaanderen,

Olá, Paul!

Posso imaginar o quão suntuoso é o interior desse hotel lindíssimo. O exterior é realmente impressionante. As diferenças de tons de púrpura do céu ficou bem interessante, assim como as pessoas e o rapaz tirando a selfie.
Excelente foto!

Bonjour Paul,

Malheureusement, on en voit de plus en plus et cela en devient presque dangereux. Je crois que l'effet des média sociaux est le principal responsable. Mais j'aime beaucoup cette photo. Le bâtiment est magnifique sous cette lumière.



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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16204 W: 159 N: 28248] (148600)
  • [2018-02-05 9:42]

Bonjour Paul
Belle nocturne de ce beau hôtel / Palace, l'architecture est vraiment belle et intéressante dans les moindres détails, bel avant plan de toutes ces personnes, faisant des selfies, ca m'arrive aussi d'en faire :-)
le ciel a de jolies couleurs pastels, les couleurs des tenues des personnes avec les arcades éclairées , c'est vraiment beau a regarder
Bonne soirée

Hello Paul,

You can live without selfie sticks, but what is the point in it? :)
Nice observation.

Best Wishes,

Hello Paul, very good picture of this interesting scene of daily life with the beautiful building in the background, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

Hi Paul,
This is truely grand colonial era architecture. And obviously in excellent condition in today too. Those details are nicely lit. And foreground presents modern life in crowded Mumbai so well.

Hello Paul,
I wonder how and when this epidemie of selfportraying will get en end !
Anyhow, this one is an amazing capture from Mumbai taken in blue hour atmosphere.
TFS and best regards

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-02-05 12:28]

Hello Paul,
really the modern way in our days is to take someone selfie with his grip.An excellent night shot with all these people to enjoy their presentation near one of the landmarks of Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace. Hotel.
Excellent presentation.


Hello Paul,

Oh, that's a pity, I was hoping that you would be able to give us a complete description of the interior of the Palace Hotel. It is a very beautiful building, certainly in the expansive style of Victoriana. You have controlled the light well to obtain such a fine photograph.
The selfie-taking trend has certainly reached more countries than you would suspect! But, I'm with you, I still have to take my first!

My warm regards,
Bev 😊

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-02-05 16:22]

Hello Paul,
Interesting photos from India.
Nice capture of this place with interesting daily life scene.
Thank you for informative note.
Fine presentation

Ciao Paul, fascinating nocturne shoot, lovely composition with a lot of people, great exposure, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul,

good question!.... and good photo, I like the scene you captured with the man taking a selfie, I also like the building behind, its arquitecture is beautiful and light management excellent, well done,

Best regards,


Hello Paul.
A splendid night view of this mythical hotel in the city of Bombay, a true beauty, both exterior and interior, on my first trip more than 30 years ago, I stayed there for two nights, as I see the fever of the selfie, it extends to all sides, of course I do not join it, I never made any.
Good sharpness and optimal lighting, gives great quality to the image.
Well done. I like very much
You have a good day.
Very best regards

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-02-07 8:24]

Salut Paul,

Well people survived just fine in the 90's and earlier without selfies. An impressive blue hour shot with good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. The illuminated bg building steals the show. Tfs!

Hello Paul,
This hotel is beautiful, and it looks like another palace. I like how the corners and top are illuminated. It's interesting to see so many people gathered around, and of course we see the long selfie-stick in the foreground. :-)

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-02-07 13:34]

Dear Paul!
A lot of people. Amazing building. Famous architecture. Wonderful Blue Hour. Superb bright and colours. Good POV and DOF. Good quality.
Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12324 W: 126 N: 22230] (113175)
  • [2018-02-08 3:48]

Hi Paul,interesting way to show the modern selfie mania on the square in front of the famous hotel,all are crazies for selfie as i can see there too..ehehe..a funny shot made in an excellent quality despite the dark light,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

It is a wonderful evening scenery with multi colors clothes by the hundreds of people out there and the impressive building illumination, Paul.
But, maybe not many would remember - this hotel was targeted by terrorist on November 2011. While seeing this exceptional take, I just recall that event.
Superbly taken the scene on photo.
Good evening,

Hello, Paul!

I'm still someone who resists to this kind of selfie, I prefer taking my tripod with me to take photos of myself! The composition is great, with the typical clothes of the people and a beautiful architecture in the background captured with fantastic light! Wonderful job!

hello Paul, very good blue hour photo, the sikhs taking selfies in the fg are very interesting, good control of light and colours

Hi Paul,
amazing new series. I like the time of the day: the purple hour? The color of the sky is extraordinary!
Architecture so attractive, so elegant and the crowd of people adds so much life in the foreground!
The people add also a very colorful aspect.
Great adventure, fantastic reportage,

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