The Taj Mahal is a cliché of travel photography, so I was determined to try something different. My plan was to photograph the monument from the north, across the Yamuna River, with the setting sun on its right hand side. However, on arrival I quickly realised that the mist enveloping Agra would make such a distant viewpoint unviable. Instead I positioned myself beside the Taj's south-west minaret with the sun behind me, waited for the foreground to clear of people and made a series of six wide angle shots. Although hand held, I was able to stitch them together using PTGui to create this panorama. The low, misty winter sun imparts just enough light to bring the marble to life. Understated yet dramatic, the image provides an unusual perspective on this most familiar landmark.