THE GREAT TAJ MAHAL PHOTO CHALLENGE

A first glimpse through the gateway...ahhhh!

A first glimpse through the gateway…ahhhh!

I did my best to take original shots of the world’s most photographed building. It isn’t easy.

Positioning your hand so it looks like you’re pinching the top of the dome has been done. Often.

Pinching the dome. Up a bit, now to the left...ha, ha, ha - that's it!

Pinching the dome. Up a bit, now to the left…ha, ha, ha – that’s it!

There are crowds. Of course. With cameras. 40,000 visitors each day, taking an average of, hmmm, 25 shots each…(excuse me while I reach for the calculator)… a million shots a day. Most of them indistinguishable from each other.

I stood in a queue and waited my turn to get this one.

The architects wanted symmetry, so there's only one spot to stand without getting wet feet.

The architects wanted symmetry, so there’s only one spot to stand without getting wet feet.

Actually there are quiet spots away from the main drag. Early in the morning the waterway out the back of the main building was deserted and shrouded in photogenic mist.

While everybody crowds around the famous marble, there are few people visiting the mosque beside it.

While everybody crowds around the famous marble, there are few people visiting the mosque beside it.

And the people are interesting in themselves…

I found the people themselves interesting too, especially when backlit by the rising sun.

…especially when backlit by the rising sun.

There's never a shortage of colourful costumes in India.

There’s never a shortage of colourful costumes in India.

I admit it. I waited till western tourists moved out of the way.

I admit it. I waited till western tourists moved out of the way.

There are unusual angles if you look for them.

There are unusual angles…

...and every detail is worthwhile.

…and every detail is a masterpiece.

The writer travelled on the Maharajas Express as the guest of Railbookers.

10 Comments

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10 responses to “THE GREAT TAJ MAHAL PHOTO CHALLENGE

  1. Agnès

    Lang geleden voor ons maar wat is dit mooi! Prachtige foto’s Richard!

  2. Ina

    I was there in 1972 and did not have a camera. Loving your photos.

  3. I’d say you’ve done very well. Congratulations!

  4. Love the photos, Richard. Well done. You two really are living like Maharajas on this trip.

  5. Fabulous photos, Richard – you really got a sense of what it’s like to be there. Everything except – on the occasion of our visit – the fear of imminent asphyxiation in the crush at the entrance to the tomb.

    • We were there early enough to breathe easy, Jonathan. By the time others were being crushed, we were drinking Moet to sitar accompaniment on the private lawn overlooking the towers. This was the luxury tour, remember?

  6. Well done, the last one is my favourite – an interesting perspective and I love the geometric pattern. Isn’t it amazing how you can walk a few metres from a major tourist site and find quiet, tourist free, beautiful places such as the mosque.

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