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The "architecture" of India

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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3028 W: 438 N: 9280] (38525)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-10
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Mood
Camera: Olympus C 760 UZ
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/09/07 "Architecture" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-07 1:20
Viewed: 2460
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Trekkers,

- My contribution to Friday's theme: "Architecture"!

While searching through my archives for the today's theme - Architecture, I thought to post a picture I took 7 years ago while visiting West Indian State of Rajasthan. During that time, I particularly visited cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur located in this state of Rajasthan - A beautiful and historical state I am in love with!

The best thing in these cities that even today, you can see the craftmanship and artwork (handwork) by the Rajasthani folk to their best.

For your kind information, most of the buildings in Jaisalmer are using yellow limestone mined in and around Jaisalmer city and the artwork done on them is just beyond words.

Yellow limestone is peculiar to this city and its frequent use in historical buildings and also for the building which are constructed in modern times make this city special in its appeal. You can get a panoramic view of the Jaisalmer city up from the top of Jaisalmer Fort (more than 1000 years old), you may find many houses use the yellow limestone, thereby giving this city a golden look. Therefore, this city is also known as "Golden City of India".

Geologically, Jaisalmer's history goes behind upto Jurassic times (~ 130 million years ago). It is also learned that later in Geological history Jaisalmer submerged into the sea and because of this geological event you can find many sea-shells and flora and fauna associated to the Jurassic sea-life. Jaisalmer is indeed a very interesting place for Earth Scientists, Archaeologists, nature admirers and historians. Even laymans enjoy visiting this place (because they are having anxiety in learning all this) :)

Let's do something for preserving old monuments and historical buildings no matter where they are!

- Technically, I accept it is not a sound shot that I really would like to have but my feelings and memories are associated to this beautiful place and therefore, i wanted to share it with you all.

Hope you enjoy the Indian architecture in this shot!

Greetings from Golden Streets of Jaisalmer,



ISO=64, Focal length=8 mm, cropped and resized for TL.

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Memory and feelings are important and sometimes technique is secondary in this case, I understand your approach.
I especially like the details and textures and contrasts of this splendid architecture of India.
I read your note, there is something precious.
Wonderful story through the time.
Good choice for the vertical format, superb architecture full of stories.
Nice entry to the Theme.
My best regards.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-09-07 1:56]

Hi Paras.

Descriptive notes to this fine early piece of ornate architecture. One hopes that this craft is never lost, alas, many are. Amazing tones and shadows. great addition to theme friday. tfs Have a brill weekend.

stv ;o)

Hi Paras

Great addition to Friday's theme. The craftmanship is unbelievable indeed! Really like your note Paras!

Have a great weekend!


Hi Paras,
Pin sharp image showing intricate archetectural details of this interesting building.
Interesting note.

HI Paras,

The tight frame is putting the building in evidence. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the architecture of the building. It is a good contribution to the Friday's theme. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-09-07 5:23]

Hi Paras,
Very interesting details in this Indian architecture. All different apertures in this unique block. Very good light rendering this golden cast on the building. Good tight crop.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-09-07 6:49]

beautiful architecture. at first glance, it was like architecture in middle east.

Bonjour Paras
A wonderful architecture, nice colours; it looks as if hand carved...
I used ShiftN (free soft) to correct the verticals
Wish you a nice week end

The theme was architecture and the image plays the jewel of Indian architecture of Rajasthan, yellow limestone and competernte craftsmanship.
The beauty of a culture spread throughout the city center.
Interesting cultural project and great sharing.

Southeast Asian architectures are beautiful and very ornate. Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with sharp details. Love the warm golden colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • thy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 24 W: 17 N: 3] (438)
  • [2012-09-07 17:55]

A very good notes. What if the photo could be slightly adjusted to vertical may look better. What do you think?

Hi Paras,
Great presentation of the architecture of India,
Nice notes of the sujet and sharp details,
beautiful colors and tone with an excellent contrast and light,
Nice done. Michel

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-09-07 22:22]


quelle image et facade sueprbe vue et iamge fantastique ccaptage quelle architecture tous ces détial, ces couleurs ce rendu fantastique iamge.

Bravo et amitié


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-09-08 8:37]

Hi Paras,
A great shot of these magnificent buildings. I had the chance to visit Jaipur in 2009 and I still remember the beauty of the architecture that I saw there.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2012-09-08 11:29]

Hi Paras!
This is unique - architecture with art soul in it.
Great presentation and choice for the theme.
Best greetings - Tom:)

Very appropriate shot for this weeks theme. The details and history are quite fascinating revealing how ancient a civilisation India truly is. TFS this interesting shot and nformation. I tried a workshop using the perspective correction tool in Paint Shop 11. Let me know hat you think .

Hi Paras..nice shot. Good focus and depth of field. Nice light and tones.


Hello Paras, the golden tones of the yellow limestone add much to your study of this wonderful piece of architecture.
All the different shapes and patterns are fascinating.
I would have liked to rotate this a little to make the lines quite square, but I appreciate that it is not always possible to achieve the correct perspective.
And as you say, sometimes it is the feelings that a picture evokes that are more important.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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