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This is the Lalitha Mahal Palace, that is now converted for use as a hotel. We stayed here on my last night in India during a business trip. We'd finished work on Friday lunch time and driven from Bangalore, the IT capital of India, to the historic city of Mysore.

I tried a few different settings to get a crisp shot like this. Wide angle lenses usually give a good DOF even with relatively wide apertures, so I initially had tried an aperture of F4.5 for 5 seconds, but although I was using a tripod, zooming in and looking at the doors on the second floor on the LCD revealed that the shot lacked detail. So I stopped down to F10 for thirty seconds, which gave me a much clearer, crisper shot. It also had the effect of making the lights into 14 pointed stars, depicting the number of leaves or plates that make up the diaphragm that sets my lenses aperture. I'd also set exposure compensation to one stop under, as my camera would have otherwise tried to make this scene too light.

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