18 Meter Tall Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar
Every city and era has its icons, some old some new. Take Delhi – it has Red fort and Qutub Minar from the earlier days and Lotus Temple from the modern days. Similarly we have London with its ancient Palaces like Buckingham Place and Tower Bridge representing the middle ages, but it also has London Eye which has also become an icon for modern London. Our own Hyderabad has Golconda fort and Charminar as its icons from the past and now we have the 18 Meter high statue of Buddha in the middle of Hussain Sagar as the icon of the new Hyderabad.
As I wrote about my experiments in low light photography, during my evening walk at Hussain Sagar, I missed clicking the 18 meter tall Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar in its different hues.
Yes it is true as the evening progresses the hues of the Buddha statue and Sky keeps on changing. In the day the light is too harsh and the pictures do not capture the serenity and calmness that Buddha represents. But once the sun starts to go down in Hyderabad in about 45 minutes you see many hues of the Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar.
So I visited Hussain Sagar once again and decided to click the Buddha Statue once again. I was with my friend Ganesan whom I first met in Pondicherry where I had gone to attend a marriage. As he is a professional photographer later I requested him to help me click pictures of Tata Vista D90 for the review.
We started clicking pictures of the Buddha Statue first from the top of Noubat Pahad from the precinct of Birla Mandir and then came down to Hussain Sagar.
As the Sun started its journey towards the other side of the third rock in the solar system the aura around Buddha started changing colors, almost every minute. There were literally tens of photographers trying to click the 18 Meter Tall Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar, Tank Bund with Sunset as the backdrop. There were kids posing with their moms, tourists trying to capture the Buddha in their cell phones, and enthusiasts like me trying to hone their photography skills.
The whole change of colors due to dust in the atmosphere makes the background orange to dark red depending on the amount of dust in the air. As the Sun starts setting the colors of sky keep on changing, and then suddenly the lights that illuminate the Buddha come on and you get that brief moments when both the Sunlight and the different lights from the podium all are competing for the blessings of the Buddha. The color change does not stop even when the Sun sets and darkness engulfs Hussain Sagar, soon the flood lights start illuminating the Buddha Statue and you get a very mesmerizing effect due to mixture of lights just like I saw in Taramati Baradari. So my dear reader, don’t be a tourist when you visit the Buddha in Hussain Sagar, take some time, be calm and wait for the whole magic unfold in front of your eyes slowly as the Sun sets and night becomes young.
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