Taj Mahal is an enigma. Not only in the aesthetic sense, but also from a photographer's point of view. While it is a monument of every photographer's dreams, it is very difficult to get a good picture of it. Why? Because it is white. And if you have ever taken photography a little seriously, you will understand what I am talking about.
During my last visit to Agra, I tried to get some good pictures of Taj. But it took a lot of playing around with the Aperture and Shutter Speed to get decent pictures. Here are some of my experiments:
In this picture, while the whiteness of Taj has been de-emphasized, I have tried to bring out its beauty by contrasting it against the deep blue sky.
The inky blue waters of Yamuna flowing behind Taj add to the serenity of the landscape and makes it more photograph friendly.
I tried to explore the lower boundaries of the exposure in this picture. The result brought out the sun rays and the contrasting shadows make the picture more dramatic.
Here are some experiments with Saturation. I used Adobe Camera Raw to attain the saturated look of the lamp post in the foreground and the green field.
These pigeons perched on the top of the dome provide a spectacular contrast to an otherwise uninteresting picture.
The red buildings are easier to photograph than the white ones.
A Panorama of the Taj and the surrounding lawns