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Moti Mahal | The Pearl Palace , Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur | by Ayush Bhandari
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Moti Mahal | The Pearl Palace , Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Moti Mahal was where Mehrangarh’s most important Durbars were held. A Durbar is where the Maharaja met his family, nobles, ministers, officers and spiritual leaders.


The Moti Mahal; (Large On Black)the Pearl Palace takes it’s name from the quality of the lime plaster used. Mixed with finely crushed shells, it gives the surfaces of the room a pearl-like luster. Oil lamps glowed from every alcove. Light bounced off the gold filigree ceiling and reflected the colors of the stained glass windows. This created a marble-like patina on the walls.


Image-Processing : As usual, HDRi from 5 Exp. Mean-mode blending followed by adaptive light balance on blended image and screened layer (for feature evaluation and enhancement). Color retouching via retouching individual color channels. Channel Blue was clipped. Perspective correction applied.


Use of tripod inside the castle premises is prohibited. I had to use an old, wooden chair which was in a bad shape as a quadrapod! The chair was unleveled and tilted and considering all this, the final output is pretty much a replica of what I saw. Symmetry is the only problem.


Exploring Further : I would suggest you take a Slide Tour of my new Jodhpur 2008 set. I was told by friends that it's magical!


© 2008 Ayush Bhandari

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Taken on April 1, 2008