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The Taj Mahal: 26 Images from Traditional to Unique

If you have ever had the opportunity to visit The Taj Mahal you will know that everywhere you point a camera there are pictures you want to take, and at the same time every picture you see has already been photographed by someone else. This can be frustrating, trying to find something new from one of the most photographed buildings in the world. But then you shoot anyway because whatever you capture is yours. Interestingly the towers on the corners are built leaning but look straight from a distance, at least that was what I was told by a guide, then again he could have been having a laugh at my ignorance. These pictures are not groundbreaking but are a good selection of what can be achieved from the obvious to the inventive. From those nice people at Light Stalking What these pictures prove is that a photographer requires patience and planning. Planning to be at the location when the light is just perfect and patience to wait.

Travel photography always acts as a great push for me, that saying “a photographer needs to see as a child or as a tourist….for the first time” is always easier in another country. Last year I went to Syria and here are some of my pictures, you may be interested, this year I am off to Libya to see Leptis Magna. If you doubt my reasons for Libya have a look at the pictures

Guardian Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

From conflict-stricken regions and politicians to Barbie dolls, the Guardian’s award-winning picture team rounds up the most eye-catching images of the day

As always the Guardian uses great photographs, here are just a few that caught my eye although of the 20 or 30 on show I could have picked most, go and see for yourselfGeorgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble 'Rustavi' perform in Moscow

Rhapsody in blue: The Georgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble Rustavi perform at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow. Photograph: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis

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Dorothy Hughes, one of the first two female Chelsea Pensioners, lines up for inspection with other Chelsea Pensioners who will take part in Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, during a uniform inspection at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

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A Sotheby’s employee in front of one of Gerard Richter’s photo-realist images. The work will go on sale at Sotheby’s New York in May. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/Barcroft Media

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A man paddles on a boat with his wife in a flooded street during spring flood in a village of Vereshitsa near Pripyat river, Belarus Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images

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Craftsmen work on instruments at Nadir Ali & Company in Uttar Pradesh, India. Meerut, a city about 50 miles from New Delhi, is home to many musical instrument manufacturers. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

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A supporter of the Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro attends his closing campaign rally in Caracas. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

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