The forbidden temple.

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When you are all alone with your camera well before dawn and well before the rest of the world will come to meet you, you have the opportunity to bend the rules. I was taking some photographs of the otherworldly Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL when I decided to step inside for a few photographs. Just inside the door there was a sign that indicated photography was not allowed. There was no one around and the door was unlocked – surely they don’t want photography when the congregation is present, but while everyone is asleep and I’m there with my D700, they don’t mind …. right?


I took off my shoes and left them outside next to my tripod so as not to make a mess of the immaculate floor and carpet inside. The building has a breathtaking dome, carved with immaculate detail throughout and “The Greatest Name” in golden calligraphy on the ceiling. I took a few photographs and left before I left a trace or was caught!


  • Elita Supargo 6y

    very excellent!
  • Jon Glittenberg 6y

    Great perspective and treatment.
  • ygchan 6y

    whoa! the detail here is amazing! how did you do a hand-held HDR shot at ISO 100 and get it that sharp?
  • Ed 6y

    Great shot - love the perspective.
  • Daniel Krepsky 6y

    Fantastic perspective!
  • Sri Dhanush K 6y

    Majestic is the word!! An absolute delight in large.... great shot and great treatment...
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )
  • Firdaus Mahadi 6y

    wow...awesome pov...great blending tu...!! :)
  • baerchen57 6y

    das ist ja riesig ;-) klasse aufgenommen!
  • Lloyd Horgan 6y

    a really cracking hdr
  • Oscar García 6y

    I love the compo with the wide angle and the detail out of the HDR. Congrats!
  • Gaurav K 6y

    Truly amazing effect.. The fisheye lens is a fantastic piece of equipment and well done for using it so well.. The picture really draws the viewer in and doesn't disappoint..
  • Jason Hoover 6y

    Really fantastic shot here Justin! Like the perpsective you chose at the chair level, but still wide enough to get the ceiling, really well done!
  • simply Mo 6y

    great; very nice piont of view!
  • Anas Ahmad 6y

  • Corey Tamas 6y

    Great photo... but how is it forbidden?
  • cowicide 6y

    I've had this photo for months since you first uploaded it but found it at another site at a lower resolution and thankfully just now revisited the site and notice a "source" link! Thank you for also putting up the high resolution photos, zooming in on this and checking out the stonework details at the top is amazing. Great HDR too.
  • 5y

    Incredible design and photo!
  • benjaminabrown 4y

    I use to be a security guard at the House of Worship. I think this photo is brilliant. Some of your assumption are correct, the no photography is to keep people from distracting others while in silent devotion or meditation. The other is we just want people to be respectful. Next time just ask if it is okay by a security guard or if you plan ahead of time you can get permission from the people who manage the House of Worship and get even more time to take the wonderful photos you take.
    If you could a change of the title would be nice, after all this place it a gift from the Baha'i's to all of humanity, and not forbidden.
  • Sen McGlinn 4y

    Now we know: attendance at dawn prayers is waay down.
  • © Jamie Mitchell 3y

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