In a corner just inside Shaniwar Wada (The Peshwas’ Palace in Pune, Maharashtra, India), was this cannon which looked ominous and appealing at the same time.
It might have seen many battles in its time but I don’t know how potent it had proved to be. From what I have read (internet), the Marathas were not great with their cannons and artillery was one of the arms they never became proficient in.
One rather humorous account from the book, “The first Anglo-Maratha war, 1774-1783, a Military Study of Major Battles”, goes like this: A gun is loaded and the whole of the battery sit down, talk and smoke for half an hour when it is fired and if it knocks up a great dust, it is thought sufficient; it is reloaded and the parties resume their smoking and conversation.
Of course guns (of all kinds) are best left unfired.
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pajaran (50318) 2014-05-22 10:50
Interesantan tekst o mestu i topu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazan top.
Dobar rad, lepi detalji i boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and cannon with a history and description of ...
Good video and contrast nicely shown top.
Good work, beautiful details and colors.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
Royaldevon (28285) 2014-05-22 10:59
Ha! Ha! Satya, an amusing note!
I have to agree, all guns are best left unloaded, unused!
This is a fine, sharp photograph.
The details of the wooden wheel and the embossed gun and gun carriage are pin sharp. The whole image has good textural details set against contrasts of light and shade.
My warm regards,
lousat (74839) 2014-05-22 14:48
Hi Satya,great capture of this beautiful piece of history,i like the quality of your pic,there is a special light inside,so well exposed to show us the decorations with the best detail,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
shreya2000 (1029) 2014-05-22 22:40
Nice shot showing the old canon. I had also spotted similar canon in Pushkarji Rajasthan. Once the canon was a glory of an army. Everything has a time.
Thanks for sharing.
snunney (81641) 2014-05-23 2:36
A fine presentation of this highly decorated cannon. Very well exposed and with excellent sharp detail in the decoration.
ourania (29227) 2014-05-23 7:36
I surely agree that guns "are better left unfired" and like the way you are presenting this one, like a work of art. I like how you focused on its very elegant decorations but think that a tiny step backwards would have avoided the cropping of the lower part of the wheel and would have rendered your composition perfect. Although the lighting conditions were difficult, you've achieved superb sharpness and a delightful palette of harmonious tones. The atmospheric play of shadows has been rendered wonderfully too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
mesutilgim (82154) 2014-05-23 10:54
Nice capture of this old cannon with a lot of mastery artwork on it.
Good layout and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Noel_Byrne (22647) 2014-05-23 11:16
Although was is never funny, your note did make me smile. The thoughts of everybody taking a break for half an hour is pretty cool. thought I guess this kind of firepower was terrify to those it was aimed at, and they would be busy scattering.
Its a beautifully well embellished piece of weaponry too, it seems back then before war was remote and laser guided, creating these instruments of destruction was quite an art form. The art of war, as Sun Tzu might say :)
Thanks as always
dekanski (2873) 2014-05-23 11:39
nice piece of history!
Fis2 (83820) 2014-05-23 14:10
Good frame, colors and light.
Well done.Have a nice weekend
abmdsudi (41936) 2014-05-23 20:44
Striking image Satya, great detail and clarity from another era now peacefully retired. If we think about warfare of yesteryear, this is the killing machine !! Excellent definition and subtle shadow capture full of fascination history and information. Thank you, Great capture, tfs
Cricri (104241) 2014-05-24 4:36
Un sujet historique que la lumière permet d'apprécier les détails, bon cadrage et qualité au top
Nicou (119245) 2014-05-24 8:44
quelle compo et iamge sueprbe cette ancienne roue de bois et cet élément avec le décorations sueprbe cpatage et détial splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (119401) 2014-05-24 12:47
Ciao Satya, lovely composition with fantastic gun, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-27 4:45
Nice amusing anecdote. Did not know this about the Marathas, my knowledge has increased.
As for the wheel, the artifact is well maintained. Nice peep into history.
COSTANTINO (53545) 2014-05-27 12:46
Hello dear friend
interesting shot showing this old canon
your notes are very useful
have a nice time
Graal (96348) 2014-05-29 11:04
amazing old monumental cannon. Good shot and presentation in TE. Well note and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.