Bhuj - a 500 year old bustling city in the Western Indian state of Gujarat, is the most important city in Kachchh (Kutch). The Aina Mahal Palace is one of the main tourist attractions in Bhuj. The erstwhile palace, which belonged to Maharao Lakhpatji, has now been transformed into a Museum that is one of the chief Tourist Attractions in Bhuj. The Aina Mahal is famous for a housing a fine Hall of Mirrors from which the palace get its name ('Aina' in Hindi = mirror).
This picture was taken at 19:40 from the terrace of the guesthouse where we stayed, using the parapet as a 'tripod'. Liked the play of changing colours & light on the palace.
Aina Mahal Palace in early morning....
The Palace constructed in 1750, reveals a strong European influence in design. Much of this owes to the fact that it was built by the King’s deft craftsman Ramsinh Malam, who had imbibed the European styles of art and architecture from his stay in Europe for 17 long years. Ramsinh had learnt to master the art in Holland, where he received training in the techniques of making clocks and tiles, canon fabrication, enameling, and architecture.
In the morning of 26th January, 2001 - India’s Republic Day, a ‘With Moment Magnitude’ (Mw) 7.6 earthquake shook Gujarat. The epicenter of the quake was located at 23.6 North Latitude and 69.8 East Longitude, about 20 km Northeast of Bhuj. This major earthquake seriously damaged the Palace complex. Buildings collapsed and floors caved in; intricate architectural details and window screens were destroyed and structural cracks developed throughout the complex. The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) immediately identified the Bhuj Darbargadh for emergency restoration and engaged government and private groups to prepare a pilot conservation project – a partial restoration of the Aina Mahal.
I wish all of you in Trekearth a great New Year 2012. Let the New Year 2012 bring the peace, prosperity, hope, happiness & a good future to all of you. Aina Mahal to me, stands as the epitome of Hope & an epitome of Human Resilience against all odds.
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besnard (50882) 2011-12-30 0:31
Une très belle carte de voeux avec cette jolie vue nocturne.
Tous mes meilleurs voeux ainsi qu'à tes proches.
Ricx (13489) 2011-12-30 0:45
Hello Angshu, an amazing Palace, standing proud over the City.. India has a fascinating history.. you have captured it well with good lighting. May 2012 be a wonderful year for you my friend.. Rich
bayno (18340) 2011-12-30 0:45
Hi Angshuman, nice shot at night, I like the colored lights, the Aaina Mahal is beautiful and is perfect sets in the frame, nice job, i wish you a healty and happy 2012 to you and your dear, Valter
DarkoG (8) 2011-12-30 1:35
fine. like it
annjackman (16861) 2011-12-30 1:44
This is a beautiful night shot showing the life of this city with its bright lights and fascinating architecture. Excellent framing and note.
Best wishes for the New Year,
ChrisJ (93442) 2011-12-30 2:04
If it wasn't for the bg city lights a viewer could easily mistake this for a fairy story-book illustration, thx to the old stone castle. Good nocturnal shot with wonderful color sharpness & pov. Tfs!
rmajum (1081) 2011-12-30 2:07
The magical coloured light on the mahal has made the right ambience to this night shot. Very well taken. Nice framing for presentation.
Best wishes for the New Year,
mkamionka (28456) 2011-12-30 2:12
Does it mean that the palace was completely damaged in the earthquake? So your photo has an incredible documentary value.
The view is spectacular. You have composed it perfectly with the palace making an excellent foreground and with a vast view opening far in the distance. The sky seems to be slightly foggy and the fog is good to capture some city lights reflections.
I like your words which encourage to have hope in spite of the chances which we may see rationally.
This is so suitable to my situation as unemployed.
I hope 2012 brings finally a change to better.
I wish you and your family a lot of happiness too,
Nicou (111529) 2011-12-30 2:49
Fantastique compo e timage grandisoe vue sur ce château quelle compo et captage quelle belle lumières dans ce ciel doux, une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
axiotea (21649) 2011-12-30 3:11
Definitely,the terrace was a good vantage point for that view! I like these lights which illuminate the imposing palace.
Yeah, that earthquake was terrible! About 30.000 people died, and so many others were injured in that tragedy!
The complementary photo really shows the damages....
I wish you & family a very good year 2012 ;D
PaulVDV (19399) 2011-12-30 3:41
You captured well the beautiful lighting of this palace. Your night shot shows the building as coming from a fairy tale.
My best wishes for a wonderful 2012,
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-12-30 4:11
Ola Angshuman ,
Lindo este palácio com 500 anos , tem uma bela iluminação nocturna , os detalhes ficaram muito bons , bom uso dos 30 segundos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom Ano 2012
mayjayne (2940) 2011-12-30 4:41
Lovely composition, well suited to your wishes for a resilient 2012. My best wishes to you for the coming year, and hope to view more of your pics!
Happy New Year,
siolaw (37644) 2011-12-30 5:04
The Bhuj people, along with disaster stricken zones inhabitants, are surely very resilient...
You have good placement of the palace and interesting lights and colours on it. City lights add depth to the background.
Greetings and all the best for 2012!
As Marilyn told you, we'll be in India when you'll come here...
pierrefonds (53370) 2011-12-30 5:25
The Palace is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Aina Mahal Palace. Using a tripod and a shutter speed of 30 seconds have a special effect on the colors. Happy New year 2012.
josepmarin (57281) 2011-12-30 5:32
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
The architectural beauty of this palace increases with its beautiful lighting, and we can enjoy it thanks to your excellent night capture, which you offer us to say goodbye to this year.
You have done a great management of the image, by means of an exposure time and an aperture value which they give a magnificent photographic result.
A superb work.
I wish to you and to your family, the best for a New Year full of health and happiness.
Fis2 (79890) 2011-12-30 9:33
Good frame and interesting colors.
Photo has climate.
I wish you and your family a happy 2012!
prasun984 (5590) 2011-12-30 12:10
very nice low light photography...like the play of light on the right side Aaina Mahal Palace...also like the textured wall...nice exposure controlled...
very good light management with nice color contrast & sharpness...
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012, along with all your family...
vasilpro (40687) 2011-12-30 14:24
Wonderful composition, beautiful view, lovely light and color tones, interesting architecture, TfS!
Happy New Year to you and your family, Vasilis.
bukitgolfb301 (33776) 2011-12-30 14:59
Hi NAMASTE my dear Angshuman
Great impressive night shot, quite suitable to present at the end of year. Wonderful mazical color world indeed! Thanks for your support and cheering in this passing 2011 and coming 2012 in advance, and have a good NEW YEAR!
Takero from cold Tokyo
nikkitta (11230) 2011-12-30 17:52
Great night capture of the very beautiful palace
Very well framed with an interesting note about India, always fascinating
Greetings my friend and wish you a "Resilient 2012"
Graal (94194) 2011-12-30 23:49
very nice view, good shot by night. I like the lights, colours and architecture of Palace. An interesting informations.
Happy New Year for You!
emka (68834) 2011-12-30 23:52
it doesn;t look like made in India, rather like UK. Superb shot with wonderful colours and stunning sharpness.
I wish peaceful, prosperous, healthy and happy 2012 for you and your family. Excellent constribution.
mesutilgim (76946) 2011-12-31 9:06
Amazing nocturnal capture with good layout and perfect ligth management.
Great symbolism and many interesting notes.
TFS and a Happy New Year to you !
abmdsudi (36472) 2011-12-31 9:42
A superb vibrant and subtle night shot you have made and those high spirited cheerful colors appropriately fit the festive mood really well.. It's a wonderful greeting pict so well taken. What a gorgeous scene you have chosen.
Have a great 2012. Happy New Year
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-12-31 12:06
Hello dear Angshuman-san!
How am I delighted to hear from you at the very beginning of the year 2012, a very Happy New Year to you from here. We have already celebrated the arrival of the New Year 2012. How about in your neighbourhood?
The presented photo is another example of how well you can visualise the result of what you perceive the image to be before hand. Powerful and delightful, the night image of this edifice is overwhelmingly beautiful and atmospheric. It is a dazzling display of how the presentation can enhance the depicted image. The illuminated palace is presented in both a romantic and even a poetic way. The distant lights are simply lovely. This photo can be seen as an invitation to this palace occupying this hill. The richness of the image makes me keep looking. The photo satisfies the people with the most discriminating taste.
With my most sincere and warmest regards,
A very Happy New Year 2012 to you once again, Angshuman-san
P.S: My reply function does not work; I hope that I am not being seen as someone who is very rude. I apologise in advance for the inconvenience.
kordinator (14829) 2012-01-01 0:56
Amazing noctural composition.
Nice diagonal shot.
Wonderful colors of architecture and sky,amazing perspective,excellent sharpness.
Perfect image quality.
This image goes straight into my favorites.
Happy New Year to you and to your family.
pajaran (45627) 2012-01-01 23:58
Lep pogled u noci na arhitekturu osvetljenu lampama ...
Dobar nocni snimak, lepe boje i fotografija.
Very nice view of the architecture of the night-lit lamps ...
Good night shot, beautiful colors and images.
All the best.
papagolf21 (81730) 2012-01-02 0:36
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Une bien belle image très agréable à contempler. Les couleurs sont superbes ainsi que le rendu.
Je te présente mes meilleurs voeux pour l'année 2012.
wolf38 (29818) 2012-01-02 23:46
Hello Angshuman. A great picture full of color and light, perfect for the end of the year selected. My compliments for this great shot. Rgds wolfgang.
.. I wish you a happy new year.
cavli (1874) 2012-01-04 1:57
very good night shot! very sharp and birllant picture indeed. nice pov and dof.
sacimar (25971) 2012-01-04 4:43
this is an impressive building, I like the image, the light management is excellent, it's a great composition, well done,
I wish you and your family a happy 2012!
jemaflor (77550) 2012-01-04 10:54
Superbe shot, great architecture and light capture, so lovely with all these colors, good angle, bonne année !
Didi (53453) 2012-01-05 17:04
Well ! That's great. Good lights management.
I wish you a happy new year 2012 with my warm regards.
adores (32738) 2012-01-10 14:02
I've visited this palace, but not the guesthouse to have this wonderful view. You have some good ones from there.I really like this - the palace is very well illuminated and the exposure is very good also. Don't need to mention how good this pov is:)!
TopGeo (38128) 2012-01-17 23:28
Hello Angshu! Wishes and in you for happiness, and hope! for peace and love and in today and in the tomorrow and health personal and your family! Good success in your work! A city and interesting picture that gives a lot of good elements! The choice POV and moment strengthens the interest of spectator Good continuity...
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (53990)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portraits from Kachchh
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-30 0:25
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