Shooting in the dark

Print edition : March 07, 2014

The pillars in the caves come in the way of the photographer stepping back to get a proper perspective. The only option is to shoot from a closer range, pointing the camera upwards. Photo: D.Krishnan

LED lights at the bottom of the wall throw uneven light, from harsh at the bottom to dark at the top. They had to be switched off or covered. Photo: D.Krishnan

In some of the caves, especially near the windows, only one half of the paintings got lit with daylight (as in this picture). They had to be photographed at different times of the day as the sun changed position. Photo: D.Krishnan

The challenge of photographing the paintings at Ajanta.
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