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Clock Towers and the Do You Edit? Question

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This clock tower is in the center of Sardar Market in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. It is about a century old and was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the early 1900s. Ghanta ghar, as it is called in Hindi, offers wonderful views of the market and city. It is definitely worth climbing up for photos. Jodhpur is known as the blue city and is home to Mehrangarh Fort.

This photo made me think about editing and how much one should or should not edit. With travel photos, I try to do minimal edits and keep it as close to what I saw as possible. I’ll adjust white balance to make the color more true to life (different lighting can add a color cast on a photo) and straighten or crop. My debate with this photo was whether or not to remove the wire stretching across the shot. I decided to keep it. What do you think? Is removing something from a travel photo ok or not? In what scenarios?

 

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Fun Fact Friday: Why is Jodhpur the “Blue City?

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Fun Fact Friday: Why is Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India known as the “Blue City?” Aside from providing photographers with some great photographic opportunities, I was sure there was a better reason. However, finding an answer was harder than I thought. No one seems to know for sure, but there are definitely many theories.

  1. Brahmin (upper priestly caste) homeowners painted their houses blue to stand out and others ended up following suit
  2. The blue paint fights against termites and other bugs. Copper sulphate and other chemicals were added to the paint to cover up damage and prevent further damage and this made the paint blue. However, others say it is just natural indigo dye in the paint.
  3. The blue keeps away mosquitoes
  4. The blue represents water, important in a city located in the middle of a desert
  5. The blue keeps houses cool
  6. The blue has a calming affect

I personally think that #1 or 2 make the most sense. What do you think is the reason?

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Sunset Over Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort rises over the blue city of Jodhpur. Known for its vivid blue houses, Jodhpur sits in the middle of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India near the Pakistani border. The 15th century fort-palace is now a popular tourist destination, both for its fascinating rooms and for the wonderful views of the city. I found conflicting information on why precisely blue is the popular color. Some sources say it is because blue is associated with the Brahmin (priestly upper) class. When I visited Santorini, Greece many of the houses were blue and I was told it was to repel mosquitoes (who presumably don’t like blue?). So I wonder if that also plays a part.

Fun Fact: One of the gates of Mehrangarh Fort (there are 7 total) still has evidence of cannon balls hitting it

Tourist Tip: The gift shop at the fort is one of the best I visited. Very reasonably priced, but great items. Got some adorable t-shirts for my daughter, plus some lovely perfume for myself!

 

Ripe, Juicy Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are common and popular throughout India. These pomegranates in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India were enticing visitors at a local market. Many produce sellers cut open a piece of fruit to display its ripeness. ¬†Pomegranate comes from a medieval Latin word meaning “apple seeded” and is considered a berry. ¬†Pomegranates grow on shrubs or small trees that grow to be 20 to 33 feet tall. They are native to Iran through Northern India, but now are cultivated in a range of places.

Want to eat one? There are several ways to get at the innards. You can cut it in half and then submerge it in water while removing the seeds from the pulp. Seeds float and the pulp sinks, making it easier to retrieve the seeds. I’ve also read that freezing the pomegranate first makes it easier. My favorite method, however, is cutting in half, pulling the membrane a bit and then turning it upside down above a bowl and whacking it with a spoon. The seeds fall out into the bowl. This video¬†shows what I mean .