The Maharajah of Jaipur, Jai Singh, still lives here in the city palace and his servants and retainers are still visible and move around the palace dressed in orange turbans and white costumes. For a while you can forget the chaos of Jaipur outside and lose yourself in a world of exotic architecture and ancient rituals.
Jaipur was built in 1727 on the orders of the great Maharajah Jai Singh who moved it away from the cramped conditions up at Amber. The city palace was the heart of the fiefdom and the all-powerful Jai Singh designed most of the city from scratch although it didn't take on its salmon-pink colour until a visit by Prince Albert in 1856. During the Raj era it got on very well with the British and formed a buffer state between them in Delhi and the Mewar Rajputs down in Udaipur. When independence came they joined with Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur to form Rajputana, which eventually became Rajasthan. Nowadays the Maharajah still maintains his fabulous wealth and respect, and his palace is open to the public as the Sawai Man Singh Museum.
PP done: Adjusted levels independently on different areas, sharpened a bit.
Thanks for viewing.
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arjun_das (1851) 2006-07-29 1:52
Nice portrait with a good informative note. I think a cropping of the right side would have made the portrait more impressive. As the other servants adds nothing more to the image. I post a workshop and hope that you would not mind it. TFS.
goodwill (4224) 2006-07-29 7:31
His moustaches and his arrogance in the body language is nothing less than a General in the army. No doubt rajasthan is rich in character, integrity, euphoria, strength and valour till date.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-30 8:14
Hi Vikram - the ornate architectural details go well with the colourful portrait(s), the main subject is too centred though, but I understand you wanted to include the other person as well as the "tree".
hay_kes (30854) 2006-07-31 9:25
Great Portrait and details.
neslihan (181) 2006-07-31 12:18
Nice portrait with a good informative note.
Angshu (56460) 2006-08-02 1:16
The contrast is quite startling, you've captured well. This is a good portrait with excellent details in the back
oochappan (16582) 2006-08-04 0:03
These red turbans are the real eyepullers towards the main light background and clothings to spot this duo portrait out, marvellous this white carved and mozaik marble as background. The face of the left man maybe a little bit darker not so saturated IMHO.
Excellent seen shot well framed.
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-08-05 11:11
nice picture, I like the portrait and the detail in the bacgrkound is also nice.
pranab (5354) 2006-08-06 16:41
this is nice portrait with good color and clarity. what also makes this composition better is the inclusion of the gentleman on the right.well done.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-08-12 3:50
what a nice expression ... this moustache and his earing are nice ... and the red turban is a real eyecatcher. I even like the second guy with that cup in his hand. Seems to be another timezone where they are doing their jobs. Great composition ... a nice portrait with beautiful background.
dragonslayero (3116) 2006-09-12 15:47
A great POV, maybe a little centered but I feel it works as the orange turbans are so strikingly in contrast to the white background.
No matter how many times I look at servants like this I always feel they looks so in touch with time.
Their white costumes and orange turbans are simply timeless, these guys could easily fit into the same place 100 or even 200 years ago.
Colour depiction looks great, nothing to complain about. The simple details in their white costumes are perfectly rendered.
Thank you for sharing.
jwmunro (286) 2006-09-13 9:43
Hello Vikran -
A very nice portrait but I think the composition could use some work. I know this must have been a grab shot but there a few things, in my opinion, that are not working. 1. The center composition - there is too much around this gentleman interfering with the portrait. Since this is wide portrait a composition with subject on the thirds I think would have worked better. 2. Moving him to the right 1/3 with the complete wall decoration on the left would have been outstanding. 3. The deep darkness on the right does not seem to balance the image but distracts. Also, the shoulder of one of the servants creeping into the image is also a distraction.
The technical details of this image seem to be right on.
Mind you, this is just my opinion.
Thanks for sharing.
salvator (19102) 2007-02-08 3:29
Very beautifull colors and details. I like the bright white and the red. Best regards. Salvator.
noborders (1010) 2007-05-30 15:18
Very nice portrait, I had tea there on several occasions (a long time ago), maybe did I see this waiter ?
The colours are subtle and beautiful,
(I'll add this photo to my theme, if you don't mind)
jrj (34841) 2007-08-02 4:35
For me a very interesting 'daily life' presentation this fine compo of the very colourful servants in the palace. Incredible to see such places in full swing. tfs
gbeli (2010) 2007-11-30 4:03
Beautiful photo of the servants in the palace.
Before reading the note i thought it was something folkloric.
I like the POV and the colors.
- Copyright: Vikram Prakash (postvikram) (1199)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Fuji FinePix A330
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): "INDIA photos that I wants to remember (I) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 1:06