The Elephanta Caves – II

Some more pictures from the caves. As always, they are just the way they were clicked.. without any enhancements. You can click them to get enlarged view. And you can also check my webpicasa album for more pictures.

Most of the sculptures were in bad shape.

The closer look of a Shivaling. All the Shivlings are worshiped daily with fresh flowers and one can smell the nice fragrance of incense sticks.

The main sculpture.

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20 thoughts on “The Elephanta Caves – II

  1. Nice pics !

    One curious observation I had, though, on this post: you again have a disclaimer clarifying you haven’t altered the truth.

  2. Ashes,
    First I formally welcome you here on my blog. 😀

    Didn’t know you were aware of this one. And thank you very much for liking the pictures.

    Yes, unlike many others who enhance the pictures to present them to the world in the best possible way, I try to present them in their natural light & shades. So, many times I have to clarify that my pictures are unaltered, especially this time when one can see two distinctly different shades.. brown & gray. Brown ones are near the entrance where natural sunlight was showered onto the sculptures.

    Read my reply to Ashes above. The third picture would have been even more darker, had not I used the flash. It was very dark inside. But doesn’t it gives a natural tone ?

    Thank you Gil. I understand your busy-ness. 🙂

    Keep coming.

    Welcome aboard !! I am so glad to see you here. 😀

    Yeah, if not caves, you can at least have a ferry ride. 🙂

  3. Hi Cuckoo! Terrible week. No chance to drop by, and look what I was missing: the Elephanta Caves look incredible beautiful, even if the sculptures are mostly in bad shape!
    Thanks for your visits and comments to Blogtrotter. Much appreciated!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Hmm…I had assumed you’d clicked the brown ones in the Sepia mode…and these pictures do not look digitally enhanced. You can perhaps make out the doctored ones easily.

    And yes, I am aware of this one for quite some time now. Only that did not have much to comment here earlier.

  5. Oh…so you read that one. But you didn’t comment. How would I know? [I very much expect a meri-billi-mujhhi se-myaun here :)]

    Well, yes, have to do that tag too…

  6. Ashes,
    Ha Ha… looks like you are sitting on my blog !! I am not. 🙂

    Yes, I read that one, waiting for the next post. Let me see the technicals. And don’t expect me to comment on every post. 🙂 I simply can not, though would like to.

    And yes, meri-billi-mujhhi se-myaun hai yahan to 🙂

    Oh tag ? Since you hadn’t acknowledged, I thought it wasn’t coming thru. Waise bhi, shhhh.. uski baaten is blog par nahi. 😀

  7. Hello Cuckoo,

    I visited your fascinating hometown in the beginning 1970ies, when it was still being called Bombay.

    I also went to see the Elephanta Caves, a mystical place to see.

    I think that you have captured the mystery very well with your camera. Congratulations!

  8. Oh well, if you want to go for the natural touch, then it’s a different matter.

    BTW, can we get a bit more of explanation for the pics? The first one looks like Nataraj mudra…

  9. One cant but help being amazed at the sculptures, isn’t it. I can never stop wondering how, hundreds of years ago, people managed to carve out such amazing pieces of art, creating huge temples and monuments, in remote places, when they had no sophisticated tools or means of transport.
    And a suggestion – to improve the quality of photos in the dark conditions, try using increased exposure (you’ll have to use tripod to avoid shaking). You could even try using the “cloudy” mode. I think you have not used flash, which is good, because flash takes out the natural tones of the stone.
    Though I agree completely with you on manipulation of photos (I never do touching up in software, except for rare crop), different techniques of photographing greatly enhance the asthetics of the shots.

  10. Olivia,
    Welcome to my blog. And thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation.

    I’ll visit your site in a few days time.

    Thanks for your visit. Keep dropping by.

    Oh I thought, except for one or two, no one would be interested in my ufff-so-boring-explanations, so tried to cut them short.

    Yeah, will do it.


    Yes, it is amazing like any monument.. be it Taj Mahal or any tomb or these caves. The methods they used were simple and time consuming. I wonder how many of man-years they would have spent on this.

    Never used cloudy mode till now. Will try out sometime.
    Carrying a tripod is not always possible. I carry it when I am at ease and with my still camera to capture mainly sunrise/sunset shots. 😉

  11. As someone once said (in a completely unrelated matter), it is not our responsibility to cater to the common denominator, but it is our duty to raise the common denominator.

    In other words, it’s your blog and… 😉

  12. COOL!! never seen these sculptures!
    not even in a single guide book of india.
    thanks sooo much for sharing, cuckoo-chan 🙂

  13. Amey,
    Thank you. I’ll definitely do it, but some other time. 🙂

    Thank you.

    Thank you. Not been to Ajanta-Ellora. I think that must be fantastic too.

    Thank you.

    Keep visiting.

    Thank you and you are welcome.

    Thank you. Not been to Ajanta-Ellora. I think that must be fantastic too.
    Keep coming.

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