ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY




NAHARGARH BAWDI (STEP WELL)
Yes--you figured that right, this Bawdi was the one from where, according to locals, Aamir and his co-actors jumped in a scene in the famous movie 'Rang De Basanti'. This is located near the Nahargarh Fort in Rajasthan and the splendid architecture of this stepwell, particularly seen from a frontal view point as seen here, that makes this place a must-visit.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 36mm
ISO speed: 200
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)
Location: Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan





KRISHNA'S COSMIC DANCE: KANAK VRINDAVAN
The very popular and exceptionally beautiful Kanak Vrindavan garden in Jaipur. The fountains here are magical, and should you visit this place in the evening, you won't miss the the descent of heaven on earth.


IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter speed: 1/20s
Focal length: 84mm
ISO speed: 1600
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)

Location: Kanak Vridavan, Jaipur, Rajasthan





THE WIND PALACE IN THE WIND OF NIGHT
Aha! This is my Pink City's pride, the heavenly Hawa Mahal ('Wind Palace' as the English translation should go) bathing in the night light. Once you notice the numerous windows in the main structure, you now how it got its name. The structure was illuminated from the bottom and as a result you can notice the soft gradual transition of light from bright at the bottom to little faded at the top. The most beautiful feature of Architectural marvels, in my view, can be seen only at the night when the past of the monument comes alive in its very soul.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/5s
Focal length: 36mm
ISO speed: 200
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)
Location: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan





THE FLOATING JAL MAHAL
Another architectural wonder of my city--the Jal (Water) Mahal (Palace). You know how its name must have come. As I said before, its soul comes alive, like other wonders, at night. Note particularly the brilliant shadow of the Palace in the water surrounding it- a perfect replica by a natural mirror.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 1/2s
Focal length: 132mm
ISO speed: 200
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)

Location: Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan




THE PAINTING OF LIGHT
This photograph of Lord Krishna's temple in Kanak Vrindavan garden, amazes me the most. I can't help but compare this to a painting, created by every photographer's paintbrush--light itself. Notice the lovely silhouette like effect created by the trees in front against the blue backdrop of the sunset sky.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/8s
Focal length: 42mm
ISO speed: 800
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS

Location: Kanak Vrindavan, Jaipur, Rajasthan




THE SHADOW OF LIGHT
No, the title above has not been mistyped. This photograph of the Amer Fort at night shows how only a thin line separates light from darkness, from shadows. Note the shadow of light projected onto the fort in the water below.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 0.6s
Focal length: 36mm
ISO speed: 200
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hands supported by railing)

Location: Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan





UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY
This is the Madhavendra Palace, a marvel of Rajput architecture. This ground level shot shows the immensity of a palace window. The pigeons in mid flight add to the drama.

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 42mm
ISO speed: 80
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)

Location: Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan





DECAYING TOGETHER.....
This photograph portrays the sad state of our monuments today. They are not only neglected, but are made to come under the knife as people's canvases for graffiti. Here, the  tree in the foreground is decaying rapidly; and in the background, a representative monument is similarly racing against time to maintain its glory. Thus, both of them (included purposely in the photograph together by selecting the appropriate vantage point) together are dependent on humans for their survival, for protection and mercy, or else they'll decay, never to be revived. So, as our own little contribution to our heritage, let's pledge never to dirty the monuments with wrappers and rubbish when we visit them, and complain against those who spit on the walls or litter our cultural pride. After all, it is our responsibility as responsible citizens, right?

IMAGE DATA
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter speed: 1/10s
Focal length: 78mm
ISO speed: 1600
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 100 IS (hand held)




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