The Rest of the India Story

The Original

I know many of you have already seen the photo below of the Taj Mahal. It’s one the most famous photos I’ve taken of India. It is related to the daily photo…

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Daily Photo – The Rest of the India Story

So, I took the photo above from across a slow-moving river. After shooting, I explored a bit more as the sun was setting, then returned to the same spot, rotating the camera about 45 degrees to the right. This is what I saw.

In the distance, you can see how it is a layer of smoke in the air. This is where families come from all over the Agra area to burn the bodies of recently deceased loved ones. They then throw some ashes in the river to begin the cycle again. Indians come from all over the area to visit this river, see the Taj Mahal, and visit other local temples. It’s a very peaceful place… I hope this photo helps to describe the general feeling of the place.

The Rest of the India Story

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  • You have such beautiful landscapes. The second one here is stunning.

  • Interesting story. Got to visit India sometime!

  • What a great story. And yes… we always have to remember to take our eyes off the scene we are currently photographing and take a lot at what is around and behind us. Sometimes there is so much more. Personally I like the second photo better. Its the story and the humanity in it that makes it so much more appealing.
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  • charles

    very nice indeed!! Love it!

  • That second photo is simply brilliant – mood, light, storytelling, composition… I once visited Agra and the Taj, stepped into the Yamuna river to my waist to shoot the Taj, got a nasty bacterial infection. India’s not easy, but so wonderful.

  • I love the second photo – the one of the Taj Mahal is a beautiful picture, but the second one tells a story. Very good.

  • Gail in Montana

    Like the name of the photo, Trey. A very peaceful setting and nice story as to what happens there. Beautiful scene of the river at sunset with the folks visiting the river. Thanks so much for sharing!!!! 🙂

  • casusan

    Both shots are great Trey – love the story too as usual!

  • I really like the first photo but the story behind the second one is intriguing. I see how important it is to have a story to go with the photography.

  • The mood of the picture and the light is outstanding. The tones are so beautiful and realistic. Very well done, Trey. So great

  • I am heading to India (my home country, come to think of it) in January 2011 and will be visiting the Taj Mahal among other places. The Taj is built on the banks of the Yamuna which confluences with the Ganges further downstream at the Prayag in Allahabad. The waters of the Ganges are believed to have the powers of purifying one – hence Hindu’s have a tradition of immersing the ashes of their loved ones in the Ganges. The Yamuna eventually carries these ashes to the Ganges – hence the tradition.

    Agra itself is well known for its leather industry and its tanneries. There are some areas that require a very strong stomach to go near (as a result from the fumes from the leatherworks). Now you know where some of the designed Gucci and Coach bags come from. 😉

  • Michele

    Trey: where’s your sweet spot with this image?

    My focus wants to stay with the interesting people, their reflections and the sun, but it keeps getting dragged off to the bright riverbank on the extreme left.

    I love the tones and the composition.

  • I have always wondered what was across the other side of the Taj Mahal, I always expected lush well manicured grounds… Thanks for sharing!

  • Darshan

    do u know ths reality of taj -


  • Ashok Kumar

    It is true the other eyes can see some thing different I have seen Taj looks fine but in this photograph it is u who catch the more.

  • ursinus

    Way too much Photoshop. It looks like plastic.

  • Dee

    I like how you captured the Taj. Most travelers get just the regular front sided shots; with hoards of people getting into the picture. I have the same. I love your vision.

  • Manshu Singh

    wonderful post. Taj Mahal is the very beautiful place in India. and picture is amazing.thanks for the sharing. visit :

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