Honestly the clout and reputation of the Taj Mahal is as well deserved as you would expect. The building has such a beautiful history and story. The design is absolutely stunning and standing in it’s midst is a very humbling experience. It astounds me that it only took 22 years to build. I half expected to get to the Taj and walk around and be underwhelmed by it having seen so many images. In fact it was the opposite. The building has a presence that few masterpieces can lay claim too. It really is a wonder. If you want to learn more about the Taj check out this page on Wikipedia.
The image above was shot in the early morning. It is a view of the east side of the building. People more traditionally shoot from the entry gate head on to the South side of the building to get the reflecting pond. After researching the Taj Mahal I new that I wanted to get something that showcased the symmetry of the building but wasn’t the typical perspective. I think this is a nice alternative. The expansive and detailed walls in the Jawab building make a nice frame and frankly my favorite features of this image are the details on the walls. The Jawab building is a replicated version of the Mosque on the other side of the Taj Mahal that was put here to maintain the symmetry of the grounds. Shot with my 5D Mark II and 17-40mm lens. This is a single exposure from the camera that was processed in aperture and photoshop. Hand held because they won’t let you take tripods onto the grounds.