Morning at the Taj
When I arrived the day before at Agra, I immediately went near Mehtab Bagh, a garden with a nice view behind the Taj on the other side of the Yamuna river. I was so disappointed to discover scaffolding on the North East minaret. The winter “fog” was also really present, and at 10am, due to sunlights, the Taj was only a grey shadow from the other side of the river, only 100m from there. Ouch, no good news. I tried to convince me that tomorrow would be better, but disappointment was huge.
I woke up at 5.30am the next day, to be one of the first to enter the site at sunrise, ticket already bought online before leaving.
A couple of minutes past 6, the queue was already 20 meters long, ouch. Finally, the East door opened around 7.00, 15 minutes of adrenaline, discovering the impressive monument and trying to find out framing with no people. Only a few seconds on each spot, then "strategic" move to another one. Even if I deeply checked before coming every potential spot, once inside, this is definitely different.
The site was crowded, but most of people went directly inside the mausoleum after the garden and the usual shots with water reflection. Then the mosque area (West) was quite clear, and i had 5 minutes in a foggy atmosphere to take pictures while the sun rising
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/9, 1/60, iso 400