Rajasthan – Sunsets

Watching a sunset in Rajasthan’s many picturesque locations is something every traveler has to do. There is something extremely beautiful about these sunsets that I have never experienced anywhere else in my limited travels. Perhaps, it is the setting – large rustic forts, calm lakes, palaces, arid deserts or even the architecture of the cities in itself. The sunset just enhances the overall experience. (click on images to expand)

Sunset at Thar Desert, sand dunes near Jaisalmer:

Sunset at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur:

Sunset at Lake Pichola, Udaipur:

Sigh.

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Time Lapse – Thar Desert Sunset!

Time Lapse #2 – Thar Desert Sunset from Jayanth Kashyap on Vimeo.

Had a wonderful time watching the sunset from the desert dunes near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Mesmerizing.

Software: Adobe Lightroom, LRTimeLapse, Adobe Premiere Pro

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Time Lapse!

NOTE: Vimeo does not allow HD embedding with my basic account, please watch the video on Vimeo by clicking the vimeo icon right next to the enter full screen icon within the player! Thank you – remember to turn on HD and full screen before you hit play !

Time Lapse #1 – From the Terrace from Jayanth Kashyap on Vimeo.

This was my very first attempt at time lapse photography. Digital Photography School was a great resource to understand how it works – so i chose a lovely Sunday evening to capture the moving clouds and the setting sun (which unfortunately is behind clouds), that gave way to rays cutting through the clouds!

How i did it:
Photo type: RAW
Shutter: 1/30
ISO: Auto
Aperture: F4.5
Focal Length: 18mm
Photo Interval: 10 seconds

Software: Adobe Lightroom, LRTimeLapse, Adobe Premiere Pro

Such amazing fun, i’m looking forward to capturing better time lapse subjects and learning tips to make the workflow even more effective!

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Architecture of Chennai – Victoria Public Hall

Victoria Public Hall, named after Queen Victoria, was the first town hall in Madras/Chennai and was built in 1890. As mentioned in my previous post, this is another wondeful example of the widespread usage of Indo-Saracenic architecture during the British Empire.

The hall was a famous place for public gatherings and has seen the likes of Subramanya Bharathi, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and other legendary personalities addressing large audiences here. Interestingly, it was here that Chennai saw its first cinema show 117 years back ! Over the next 70-80 years the building was occupied by several organizations and apparently fell out of public attention as Chennai developed in the south (with the rise in the film industry).

North and Central Madras, till today retain the old world charm of Madras with its amazing historical buildings – i would definitely be visiting this gem as well ! (Click on image to enlarge)

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Architecture of Chennai – Ripon Building

The Ripon Building in Chennai is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture (courtesy of the then ruling British), one of the popular architecture types in Chennai (other examples include Victoria Public Hall, Madras High Court etc) and was built in 1913. In the present day it serves as office for the Chennai Corporation.

Indo-Saracenic architecture to put simply, is a fusion of Mughal and Indian styles developed by British architects.

My grandmother used to tell me stories of how she used to work part-time (stylishly known as an internship these days, hehe!) as a stenographer when she was in her early 20s. It is probably one of the more prominent buildings in Chennai, standing tall and proud in its pure white form!

Definitely on my to-do list to visit this building soon, the picture below was taken from a moving car on a rainy Sunday evening – (click on picture to enlarge)

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