I recently visited the Taj Mahal. One of the most breathtaking moments is when we enter the monument complex via the entry gate. Till we enter through the gate, the Taj is not visible due to its walls. Seeing it framed in the entry gate is a magnificent sight.
This is the most common place for all tourists to stop, pull out their cameras and start the shooting schedule. I did the same. I wanted to capture the Taj, framed inside the entry gate.
And the attempt was a spectacular failure.
I was standing under the entry gate, which is made of Red Sandstone. In comparison, the Taj is made of while marble. As for the lighting conditions, it was very bright and was mid afternoon. I also tried using the in-camera HDR option, which was better at capturing the details of the entry gate, but did not capture the Taj properly.
To save on space, I was shooting in JPEG only mode. While this was one factor which has prevented me from processing the photo, the biggest factor was the light. After asking around, it seems that my choice of evaluate metering was also incorrect. I should have used spot metering instead and exposed for the Taj, rather than the entry gate.