The Lal Quila, Red Fort in english, is an other architechtural marvel of Emperor Shah Jahan.
The Red Fort was the palace for Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh Muslim city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests. The Red Fort stands at the eastern edge of Shahjahanabad, and gets its name from the massive wall of red sandstone that defines its eight sides. The wall is 1.5miles (2.5km) long, and varies in height from 60ft (16m) on the river side to 110ft (33m) towards the city. Measurements have shown that the plan was generated using a square grid of 82m.
The fort lies along what was once the course of the Jamuna river (it has since changed its course), that fed the moats that surround most of the wall. The wall at its northeastern corner is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, a defense built by Islam Shah Sur in 1546.
You can find more information and pictures of the fort complex here
The Reign of Shah Jahan, 1628-1658
Prince Khurram was 35 years old when he ascended the throne as Shah Jahan (King of the World). Succeeding Jahangir in 1627, Shah Jahan enjoyed the support of experienced administrators and advisors -- like his father-in-law Asaf Khan -- who were holdovers from the previous reign.
Shah Jahan, notes Hambly, revived Akbar's policy of pressing southward against the independent Muslim Sultanate of the Deccan. But almost all of his expansion expeditions were unsuccessful. The expenditures resulting from Shah Jahan's failed attempts at frontier expansion, as well as his insatiable appetite for new and grand architecture, were appreciable factors in the empire's eventual financial crisis.
During the early years of his reign, Shah Jahan preferred Agra to Delhi as a place of residence. This preference is reflected in his selection of Agra as the site for a number of building ventures including the world's most famous and beautiful mausoleum, Taj Mahal.Many historians have -- perhaps unfairly -- accused Shah Jahan of building the glorious tomb as a tribute to himself and his rule rather than as a tribute to his wife.
Source from the internet.
I have added another version of this in the WS.That has a redstone colored frame and also some increased saturation levels.I wasn't able to determine which was good, so I thought I will post the original here and the modified as a WS.
The pic shows the Entrance to the fort.Now most of the fort is being used by the Indian Military.Public are not allowed access.And all tourists like me miss to see the whole complex.I heard from a local that a whole day will not be enough to visit all parts of the fort.Theres a soldier in this picture can you spot him?
Thanks for visiting
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InasiaJones (31448) 2006-06-02 5:28
The red fort is not an obvious structure to photograph due to his gigantic proportion, but you did a great job catching it!
I might be wrong, but I think you’ve shoot it on the Lahore gate’s side?... I think your image illustrate these impressive walls with fine architectural details.
Have a great weekend Vikram!
somnath (220) 2006-06-02 5:45
Nice colours, and subject matter, I would prefer a different POV, may be from the front.
For this snap, a crop from the top would be better, and in that cost, u should keep some lower-portions.
Thanks for the sharing,
PixelTerror (0) 2006-06-02 6:57
It's a beautiful building and I find nice to see it partly in the light and partly in the shades to get different aspects of its color, but why did you frame it so high, I think it would look better with some ground.
Have a nice week end,
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-06-02 9:49
Nice sharp picture of the Red Fort. However two things I don't like about this picture : (1) You have missed the bottom part of the fort. Should have taken a wider angle, cut down on the sky a little bit if necessary. (2) I would have loved to see the tri-colour fluttering. You could have waited for the wind to pick up.
franklee (24) 2006-06-02 19:23
I really enjoy this nice close-up of this incredible place. I like the light and the shadows. Great sharpness and details. Nice work indeed.
pranab (5354) 2006-06-04 20:55
nice capture of the red fort. good dof and color. i wish you kept the left side of the entracne in your frame more. anyway, i was not there so i better shut up!!
Cretense (68685) 2006-06-05 5:03
I 've been there and I can tell you it's a great capture the one you show us, Vikram. Excellent colours and beautiful contrast between the blue sky and the deep red (terracota?) of the fort. I think that you should give more "space" at the lower part of the photo. Maybe there was something "disturbing" down there and you tried to avoid it. Overall a great pic. Well done,
oochappan (22043) 2006-06-12 5:22
A good shot of this red fort with natural colors and a good note. Sure some minor adjustments could benefit this POV but still knowing the place it's giving a good impression and I do a quick WS to show the capacity of this shot.
elmec (12210) 2006-06-12 16:30
Great building and very good done photo!
The perspective makes it so big!
I like framed there!
Angshu (55035) 2006-06-13 3:26
A good shot of this Red fort with good natural colors and a fine note. I was wondering about the tilt & then saw Henk's fantastic WS, in which he's sharpened too. I agree with Sabyasachi about the tricolour fluttering (lack of it) & maybe the base of the fort..but overall, I feel it's a good attempt
Lanaud (625) 2006-06-22 21:10
Very nice. Love the story along with it.
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-06-24 2:13
I think I managed to see the soldier on the left side of the tower in the right corner. The point of view of this impressive fort is excellent providing a very good idea of the numerous forts in India (I have just finished reading an English book which action is during the Indian rising in 1857...). The red colors of the walls (wit the small pactch of green) mixes very well with the blue sky and you got really good sharpness here too.
All the best,
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-06-26 6:36
Hi Vikram, i wonder if this picture is taken as same place as a picture posted fron devimeuxbe on india ... This red fort is magnificient, human were so good to build such a great monument, i've no words towards this marvelous :)
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-04-03 20:09
wonderful architecture, it's an amazing place !!!
- Copyright: Vikram Prakash (postvikram) (1199)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Fuji FinePix A330
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/140 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Red Fort [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-02 5:18