Surreal Edifice

(ISO 80, f/4.6, Shutter Speed 1/500 sec)
Location : Vice Regal Lodge, Shimla
Located on the Observatory Hills and also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, ViceRegal Lodge was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. This rambling Scottish baronial edifice was designed by Henry Irvine, architect to the Public Works Department of the colonial government in India.
This was the venue of the Simla Conference in 1945. In 1947 , the decision to partition India and carve out the states of Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) , was also taken here. After independence, the Lodge remained the summer retreat of the President of India. In the early 60s the President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a leading philosopher and writer, and the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru decided to make it a scholars’ den where the best minds would find an ideal retreat. That’s when the Indian Institute of Advanced Study moved into the Lodge in 1965.

Post Processing : Orton Processing to give a painting look !!

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Blogger Woodsmoke said...


Thanks for the photo, D, and for refreshing a lot of fond memories of this place.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Subhadip said...

Surreal is the right caption! Beautiful!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said...

meant to ask u on flickr as well.. can u elaborate on "orton processing"??

4:06 AM  
Blogger ~ Deeps ~ said...

Glad to do that :)
thanks :)

thanku sir :)

actually this form of pp (post processing) was explained by Miachel Orton and thats why named so.....u can read more here

5:00 AM  
Blogger Aarbee said...


8:22 AM  
Anonymous Somitra said...

hey Deepak this is an amazing shot! i love the PP and the dreamy look it has . WOW

9:13 PM  
Blogger Rohit Talwar said...

OMG. You're too good with these things. Perfecttt! It's unbelievably pretty.

Iwanttobethere Iwanttobethere Iwanttobethere.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Hemanshu said...

Hey Deepak,

Absolutely wonderful website. Do you have a connection with the IIAS in Shimla? I lived there for three years in the late '80s, and I adore the place. I was passing by there recently, and took some photos. See if you find any of them interesting:

Also, I'm not able to add you as a member of the EOiD google group -- actually, it's currently functioning as a small private mailing list of friends. But I'd love to meet up with you sometime on one of our "field trips" -- you can keep track of those from the google calendar and of course orkut. You must come the next time!

Also, would you consider blogrolling the EOiD site on one or both of your blogs?

cheers :)

1:07 AM  
Blogger ~ Deeps ~ said...

@aarbee, somita, rohit
thanks :)

thanks :)
nope, i am not connected to IIAS, but i love the building and whenever i am in shimla, i make it a point to visit there :)
glad to know that u have stayed and done some research there.....
About Eoid, thats fine :) i can understand your point and i would love to join you people sometime, even harneet has asked me few times for same.....hope to see u sometime soon.....I will add up the Eoid site on this blog as well others......

10:40 PM  
Anonymous rakshanda said...

u actually took dat pic?????!

9:38 AM  
Blogger ~ Deeps ~ said...

well my photoblog should have pics taken by me, isnt it ? yes i took it and its quite a normal pic, i have taken better ones :)

thanks for appreciating and visiting the blog :)

12:57 AM  
Anonymous rakshu said...

well u kno wat there are other ways of commnication apart frm sarcasm. and dat ques...phew! okay here goes..heard of rhetorics rite? ques qhich are nt actuall ques but just expressions!

nyhow, bottom line...just luv dat pic.kudos! :)

10:47 AM  
Blogger ~ Deeps ~ said...


Ok, I admit abt misunderstanding from my part and i am sorry for that :(
its just that all that happened on aarbee blog made me think otherwise :(

thanks again for appreciating the pics and hope that you would continue visiting :)

8:54 PM  
Blogger Reeta Skeeter said...


8:44 PM  
Blogger Phoenix Rises said...

This is like something out of a dream, like it would dissolve if you look away even for a bit...
The painting effect is terrific!

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Joshi said...

Thanks for this picture.. It has opened a new area for me :)

10:32 PM  

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