16 black & white pictures of Taj Mahal will make you want to travel to Agra again
The symbol of love is perhaps among the most photographed majestic monuments in the world. The zoomed in pictures of its adjoining monuments, the verandahs, the people are just how important as shooting Taj Mahal.
The framing, perspective and lighting are key elements to a picture and I have made an attempt to do the justice to the world famous landmark.
All the pictures are captured in and around Taj Mahal but the changes in perspective can make them seem more or less impressive.
My vision was to capture video footage for a film I have been working on while I visit the mausoleum but it’s perhaps easier to climb Mount Everest than getting a permission to carry a tripod inside the Taj forget carrying a drone. This is when I openly envy Duchess Kate Middleton & Prince William for getting the picture perfect backdrop without the crowds.
Although my tiny mirror less Sony a7ii with 35mm worked its magic and I could take 4k videos and long exposure pictures hand held. Subscribe to this blog page for the follow on series of India travel #Ilovesony #IloveIndia
To make matters worse, I chose the epic day of Valentine’s Day to visit and as expected there was literally no space to even step inside. Things you can learn from my mistake is don’t go on a Sunday and if it’s February 14th by happenstance, just turn back NOW.
Since I was on a tight schedule with a wedding party to attend to, I aimed to get there early morning just before the crowds hit the ground, and it worked. When they say, early mornings and late evenings are best time to photograph monuments like Taj Mahal, they surely mean it.
Pictures are the results of your vision of looking at things and it’s always fun to break the rules of composition in photography. Yes, I love the usual angle, the way Taj is photographed surrounded by pristine gardens but I wanted to see it from above which I had no success in. However looking things from below was easy.
On zooming in, I discovered many interesting details like flying parrots at the entrance (darwaza) of Taj Mahal and fascinating black hooks on the dome of Taj. You have to really look hard in this image…Can you see it?
f you have had an opportunity to photograph Taj Mahal, I would love to see your image so tweet to me on @afewgoodclicks or connect on Facebook.