10 Stunning Night-time photos of the Udaipur City Palace and Lake Palace, India

15 Dec ’13

I have toured a lot of places in India, but I have to admit that for me Udaipur is the best till now. Even better than Kerala. Udaipur is a place where I could live comfortably and pursue my hobbies leisurely. It has a relaxed atmosphere, great monuments, great views, good weather, friendly people, good food, good and cheap guest-houses. What more can you possibly ask?

Udaipur is super charming during the day, but during the night it completely transforms into an absolutely stunning city by the lake. You have to there personally to believe in the awesomeness. So on a good day, I said goodbye to my GPS and started randomly roaming around in the streets of the city and in the process I discovered a stunning location. In Google Maps there is no road that leads to that site. It was a true discovery, one of which I was particularly proud. The views from there of the Udaipur City Palace and the Lake Palace was stunning. Apart from the first 4 photos, the rest 6 were all clicked from that view-point.

View of both sides of Lake Pichola. By Animesh Ray.

View of both sides of Lake Pichola from the pedestrian bridge connecting the two shores.
Details: ISO 200, 11mm, f/11, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Highlights-, Saturation+.

A hotel-cum-restaurant by the sides of Lake Pichola with the Lake Palace in the background. By Animesh Ray.

A hotel-cum-restaurant by the sides of Lake Pichola with the Lake Palace in the background.
Details: ISO 200, 55mm, f/11, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Highlights-, Saturation+.

A dreamy looking Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola. By Animesh Ray.

A dreamy looking Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola during the evening twilight.
Details: ISO 125, 122mm, f/8, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

The brilliant lights of Udaipur providing a solitary girl with company. By Animesh Ray.

The brilliant lights of Udaipur providing a solitary girl with company.
Details: ISO 125, 11mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

A restaurant by the side of Lake Pichola. By Animesh Ray.

Stars in the sky: A restaurant by the side of the lake facing the Udaipur City Palace.
Details: ISO 125, 15mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

Udaipur City Palace in all its glory. By Animesh Ray.

Udaipur City Palace in all its glory. Truly one of the most beautiful palaces in India if not the world.
Details: ISO 125, 11mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

A sparkling Udaipur city to the left of the palace. By Animesh Ray.

A sparkling Udaipur city to the left of the palace.
Details: ISO 125, 11mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

Another shot of the Lake Palace of the James Bond's "Octopussy" fame. By Animesh Ray.

Another shot of the Lake Palace of the James Bond’s “Octopussy” fame.
Details: ISO 125, 35mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

A panoramic shot of the Udaipur City Palace. By Animesh Ray.

A panoramic shot of the Udaipur City Palace.
Details: ISO 125, 35mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

Catching the Udaipur City Palace and the Lake Palace in a single frame. By Animesh Ray.

Catching the Udaipur City Palace and the Lake Palace in a single frame.
Details: ISO 125, 35mm, f/14, 30s
Lightroom Adjustments: Exposure+, Contrast+, Highlights-, Shadows+, Clarity+, Vibrance+.

To see some similarly stunning photos of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur please see the Mehrangarh Fort photo series.

4 comments

  1. Comment by debi c

    debi c Reply 16 Dec ’13 at 6:15 pm

    6,7,8,9 are my favourites!! I mean wow! acha what is the main difference between PS and Lightroom when you are editing these particular things(clarity, highlights, vibrance, etc)..is there any or is it just a matter of preference?

    • Comment by Animesh Ray

      Animesh Ray 16 Dec ’13 at 6:31 pm

      You maybe familiar with the Camera Raw module in Photoshop. Lightroom is like an overloaded extension of the Camera Raw Module where you get the same options along with some more. It’s meant for photographer only. The extra options are there in Photoshop also, but there are somewhat hidden among hundreds of other options. The UI of Lightroom is simpler and more attuned to processing photos faster. Also Lightroom has a database where everything is stored and you can reverse all your changes thanks to that. This database part is absent in Photoshop. But for advanced editing Lightroom falls short and you have to get back to Photoshop.

      By the way, 6 is my favourite too :)

    • Comment by debi c

      debi c 17 Dec ’13 at 10:15 am

      :)
      thank you for the lesson (Y)

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