It would probably take a book to capture the significance of Golconda. Apart from the sheer magnificence of the fort themselves, Golconda is far more known as place where some of the greatest diamonds in the word have been discovered. These include:
a) Darya-ye-Noor: Now in a museum in Iran
b) Noor-ol-Ain: Again in Iran, as part of a Tiara
c) Koh-i-Noor: Set into the crown of Queen Elizabeth and on display in the Tower of London
d) The Hope Diamond: At the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington
e) Princie Diamond: Sold in April this year in a Christie’s auction to an anonymous buyer for $40 million
f) Regent Diamond: On display at the Louvre
While all these diamonds where not mined in the Golconda mines, they all passed through the diamond market at Golconda…in its heyday synonymous with everything wealthy.
The fort itself is actually not one, but four interlinked forts that housed the town of Golconda. It stretches across 11 Kms.
Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali, the fourth Qutub king of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, is credited with constructing much of the fort. The Qutub Shahi kings had a penchant for grand architecture. Their first capital, the fortress citadel of Golkonda, was rebuilt for defense from invading Mughals from the north. They laid out Golkonda’s splendid monuments, now in ruins, and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort’s main gates, the grand portico, was heard at the top of the citadel, situated on a hill.
Click on Guillermo’s image of the fort to see more pictures from him, including more of the fort itself.
Morten loves to shoot what he calls “puddlegrams”. His penchant for doppelganger images taken with his Nokia Lumia 925 makes him the second photographer to be showcased in the “Around the World in 80 Nokia Lumias”.
Click on the picture to see more of Copenhagen from Morten’s point of view.
It’s the season to get amazing pictures from around the globe on Christmas celebrations. And Katherine’s is no different. This one is from Athens, and from the looks of it the Greeks are having one giant party already.
Clicking on the festive image will take you to Katherine’s blog…that documents her travels, photography and lots of interesting stuff. Like her interview with a writer who is putting out his novel in short 144 character bursts on Twitter. If you want to know why head on over.
Victoria, like all of us I’m fairly certain, falls for these sweet creations from Dunkin Donuts. Its already delectable eclair gets a special makeover for Christmas and Victoria is on hand to capture the sweetness.
Click on the sweet treat to see more pictures from Victoria
Shalini was quick on the draw when she saw these two tiny tots exchange flowers one sunny Sunday in Cubbon Park, Bangalore.
Cubbon Park, that old garden in the middle of a busy city, is a favourite with Shalini. She goes there whenever she can get away, in search of quiet, peace, tranquility and just these moments.
Shalini used her Nexus 5 to capture this moment.
Bischofshofen is located in the Salzach valley in the Alps, in Salzburgerland, Austria. The city is an important railway hub and lies at the Tauernautobahn, a highway route through the Alps.
The city is also the staging point for various ski jumping events that take place on the slope of the Alps. The most popular among these is the Four Hills Tournament that is held around January 6th each year.
Felix used his iPhone to shoot this image of the city. Click on it to see more pictures from him.
Christmas is all around us and Mille got an early present during her recent visit to Norway! This is Oslo covered in a blanket of white! Click on it to check out more images from Mille.
Six riders, five cities, one phone camera and just awesome visuals, videos, stories. This is the story of a trip through the South Island of Newzeald. The adventurous six went through Christchurch, Kaikoura, Broken River, Westland and Wanaka.
The stories range from tales of outdoor sports–surfing, snow boarding, skate boarding among others, to tales of survival following natural disasters. Like a good Bollywood potboiler there’ s action, emotion, drama and amazing locales.
The entire journey has been document using the Nokia Lumia 1020. This image of Lake Hawea is just one of the many spectacular landscapes you will find on the Transitions website. I urge you to click on it to see this project that more than anything else is also about the story-telling ability of the digital medium. Check it out now.
That is the Bandra-Worli Sealink you see in the image. The almost five km long bridge built across the sea spans an arc in the Mumbai coastline. The bridge with its cable-stayed towers is an engineering marvel and is the pride of every Mumbaiker.
Sandeep reached the bridge just in time for this glorious sunset. He says he should have got there a “couple of minutes earlier to make the picture perfect.” But I think this is as good as it gets.
He used his Samsung Galaxy S III to capture this glorious moment.
No, ghosts or Blair Witch in Steven’s story. But a fascinating tale of what the eye cannot see but the camera can. Steven, a film-making student at DY Patil Whistling Woods in Pune, explains it best: I was fascinated by the fact that though we cannot see Infrared light with our eyes, we can do so through our smart phones. So I pointed my phone towards the CCTV camera in our classroom.
All CCTV cameras have Infrared LEDs which turn on at night. Since the sun had nearly set when I clicked the photo, the Infrared light of the CCTV camera was on its high. Hence, I got the lovely lens flare effect naturally. I never expected to get lens flare from a 5 megapixel smartphone camera with no optical zoom.
Steven used his Nokia Lumia 520 to get this shot. And with that he not only kicks off the Terrascape photocontest, but also sets the bar high for fellow contestants.