Mehrangarh Fort I: The Exterior

24 Nov ’13

Mehrangarh Fort Exterior in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. By Animesh Ray.

Details: ISO 100, 35mm, f/10, 1/125s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Saturation+, Adjustment Brush.
Photoshop Adjustments: This image has been generated by stitching together 17 different photographs into 1.

Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most massive and well maintained forts in the whole of the Indian sub-continent. I can use a huge lot of adjectives to describe it, but I would rather recommend you to Wikipedia’s article on that matter.

This is the first post in a series of posts on the Mehrangarh Fort. In this series I will be covering the whole fort via text and photographs. I hope that this series comes in handy to any photography and travel inclined person. I might have forgotten some details here and there, but I will try my best to recollect and present before you all the facts that I can.

Rest of the articles in the series on the Mehrangarh Fort:
Mehrangarh Fort II: Through the Fortifications
Mehrangarh Fort III: Looking up
Mehrangarh Fort IV: Of Howdahs & Palanquins
Mehrangarh Fort V: Period Rooms (Moti, Sheesh, Takhat, Phool)
Mehrangarh Fort VI: The Palace Architecture
Mehrangarh Fort VII: Views of Jodhpur

Gear used: Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Pro DX II, Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX, Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G.

The first photo you see above was clicked by the side of the road that takes you from the Main Bazaar of Jodhpur to the Fort complex passing Jaswant Thada on the way. The exact location was a little way before you reach the turn for Jaswant Thada. It was late evening. I had the Nikon 35m f/1.8 on. I took the 17 photographs of the whole landscape for a panorama.

Mehrangarh Fort captured from the entry gate, "Jai Pol". By Animesh Ray.

Details: ISO 160, 11mm, f/18, 1/80s
Lightroom Adjustments: Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Whites-, Blacks+, Clarity+, Vibrance+, Saturation+, Graduated filter.
The huge and massive Mehrangarh Fort captured just before entering through the first gate, “Jai Pol”.

Mehrangarh Fort in the late evening. By Animesh Ray.

This photo has something like an ethereal quality to it. The sky and the light is so fairytale-ish.
Details: ISO 100, 35mm, f/10, 1/125s
Lightroom Adjustments: Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

Mehrangarh Fort Exterior in Jodhpur, Rajasthan from Ghanta Ghar at night. By Animesh Ray.

Details: ISO 100, 55mm, f/13, 25s
Lightroom Adjustments: Temperature-, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+, Saturation+, Graduated filter.
Photoshop Adjustments: Joined together 7 photographs to create this panorama.
There is a small story associated with this photograph. Initially I had enquired about the lighting schedules of the fort from the hotel staff, to which they replied that there is no lighting these days. I was quite disappointed. But on a visit to the Ghanta Ghar area after dusk I saw, to my wonder, the whole fort lighted up. I had my camera, but didn’t have the tripod. I got an auto, came back to the hotel, picked up my tripod, got an auto and went to Ghanta Ghar again. I just had to get this photograph! Well I know that the photo is not that great, but at least I don’t have any regrets and that is very important.