Although perhaps it seems obvious at first, this beautiful building is not all that easy to photograph. The restrictions that are presented are the ones that you would expect in high profile architectural icons. The biggest problem is timing and of course it's crowds of people, as well as the usual tripod ban. The world has gone a bit tripod crazy these days but it's totally understandable as even low price consumer digital SLR cameras are capable of shooting extremely high ISOs with professional quality results. In this case, I used a Canon 6D, propped up on the raised paved area near the 'Diana Chair' using a flash card holder underneath my wide angle lens.
So why are there no people in the shot? Well that's because I was queued outside the Taj an hour before it was open, at 6am. There I stood with Rachel on our own, as slowly a few more people turned up in dribs and drabs, realising they were not first in the queue as anticipated! As soon as the doorways open, we went through security checks and then I ran like a crazy man, knowing exactly where to go straight for the classic central shot. There were still a few other people wandering the grounds that you can see in the background, mainly staff who were tending the gardens or getting ready for their working day.
Within minutes the whole place was filled with hundreds of people and the moment passed, but I got the shot as a soft hazy dawn bathed the Taj in golden light.
Canon 6D, 24-70 f4IS, f11, 1sec, ISO200 cropped to a square.