India - Jaipur - Blue Hour over Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds or “Palace of the Breeze"

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Hawa Mahal (Hindi: हवा महल, translation: "Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-story exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover). Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.


As I said on my FB fanpage : If a strange man tells you that he wants to show you something nice in a dark passage - Dont go !!! However if the dark passage is in front of a famous building you might be lucky. That was my case in pink city of Jaipur, I went to famous Wind Palace & looked for nice and less ordinary view point. As I did that, I was approached by odd looking man & was taken to rooftop with a view from which I took great morning shots as it is the best time to capture it during a day. I had a question mark on my mind where to end up for the evening blue hour and I just could not find the right place that would be nicely lit. This palace is actually not lit at all. It just reflects the street lights which at the end turn out to be great, otherwise the shot would be terribly overexposed. So after not finding the right place, I decided to go back to this wind palace and I'm really happy with the result as I have not seen similar take on this most photographed monument in Jaipur at all.


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Focal length: 20.00 mm; Aperture: 10, Exposure time: 32.0 s, ISO: 200


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Taken on April 2, 2010