A prickly feeling….

Maybe it is post-christmas blues, or that we’ve all had to come back to work after a long break! The dried teasel below mirrors my feelings exactly!!

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Teasel (Dipsacus sp.). Click on the photograph for a larger image.

Photographed on 7th January, 2014 using an iPhone and processed in Adobe Lightroom with Photomatix Pro.

Teasel – Black and white

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IMG_1430-2, a photo by Jawahar1 on Flickr.

Photographed on one of my usual lunch time walks. The teasel (Dipsacus) has dry spiny inflorescence head that make lovely additions to floral arrangements!

Via Flickr:
Teasel – Black and White

 

Bridge on the NY state route 59

A bridge on New York state route 59 out of Suffern, NY over the Norfolk Southern railway. The bridge itself is no more than a 100 feet across but the geometric patterns of the metal structure distributes weight beautifully.

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Road bridge on NY state route 59. Click on picture for a larger version

Processed in Silver Efex Pro. Photographed with a Nikon D7000 camera.

 

George Washington Bridge, New York

The George Washington Bridge is a major link between New Jersey and New York. This double-decked suspension bridge was constructed between 1927 and 1931.  Over 102 million vehicles use the bridge in a year, making it the busiest bridges in the world. The photo below is that of one of the two pillars that support the 1450m long bridge.

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George Washington Bridge. Click on the picture for a larger version

I took this picture from the roof of a moving car, and my friend obligingly slowed down to a crawl so I could try to get the best possible shot. Thankfully, it was not rush hour and traffic was sparse but slow-moving.

 

Urbine-ator!!

The latest design in wind turbine technology for urban settings appears to be the vertical turbine. I have read somewhere that these are called urbines (for urban turbines)!! The photo below is a composite of 3 shots taken in quick succession and then merged.

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Vertical turbine in action. Click on photo for a larger version.

Photographed at the BT Convention Centre, Albert Dock, Liverpool with a Panasonic TZ30 compact camera.

 

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

The Chowmahalla Palace or literally “4 palace” was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. This palace complex served a ceremonial role including coronations and state banquets. The palace is said to be modeled after the palace of the Shah of Iran. This particular palace was built in 1750.

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Khilawat Mubarak or Grand Hall
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The grand hall, adorned with crystal chandeliers
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The long red carpet corridors above the grand hall
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A Belgian crystal glass chandelier in the grand hall (Khilawat Mubarak)
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A chandelier against a beautifully decorated door
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Details of the ceiling in the grand hall of Chowmahalla Palace

As a first time visitor to Chowmahalla, I was impressed by the grandeur of this palace, immaculately maintained grounds and buildings, and tremendous opportunities for photography. Needless to say I shall be visiting there again on my next trip to Hyderabad.

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A front view of the Khilawat Mubarak
Technical Details

All pictures from a Nikon D80 camera fitted with a Tamron 18-250mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. Photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and NIK software suite. Larger versions of the photographs are available from my flickr page.

The Royal Verandah

The term verandah has made its way to English via India and refers to an open roofed courtyard around a bungalow or terrace. According to Wikipedia, a verandah¬† “commonly refers to balconies on cruise ships and some hotel properties. It is also described as an open pillared gallery, generally roofed, built around a central structure.”. The following verandah is from the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India. Photographed as a single bracketed frame, this image was converted to black-and-white in Silver Efex Pro to add texture and tonal contrast.

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Pillared and beautifully decorated verandah at the Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India

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