A subdued palette.

The next chapter in an ongoing series.

Patterns, Möðrudalsleið, Iceland

Patterns – along Möðrudalsleið
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 Þjóðfell in the Highlands near Möðrudalur

Spotlight on Þjóðfell
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

Dyrfjöll, blue hour, Iceland

Blue hour – Dyrfjöll
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II


Changing moods.

Summer’s night and morning at the church on Stærri-Árskógur farm on Eyjafjörður, north Iceland.

Stærri-Árskógskirkja, Eyjafjörður, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Stærri-Árskógur church, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

  • Premanand - July 18, 2016 - 1:23 pm

    Rajan bhai, so you were there from mid-night till morning to capture these two moments or did you happen upon the same place at two different times of the day or are these photographs years apart?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - July 18, 2016 - 5:31 pm

      Premanand-bab, I was based nearby – around 20 mins away – and was out shooting the entire night. These photos were taken just a few hours apart. I don’t sleep much when I am in Iceland during summertime.ReplyCancel

Faces of Goa.

We saw the lone figure tending to his buffaloes in the village of Anconem, north Goa, on a rainy afternoon. Krishna was equipped with his sickle and a rain cover made of sack cloth, known in Konkani as kaambol, traditionally worn by those who exert their limbs for a living.

Cowherd Krishna Naik of Anconem, Goa Krishna Naik of Anconem, Goa

Krishna Naik of Anconem, Goa

Krishna Naik of Anconem, Goa
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

  • Jackson Frishman - July 14, 2016 - 6:48 am

    Wonderful portraits, Rajan!ReplyCancel

  • jc - July 14, 2016 - 6:07 am

    Nice pic and definitely nice greenery. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - July 13, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    These pictures may seem casual today but the lifestyle is rapidly changing. I have seen the change in E. Africa where traditional occupations have changed so much in the past 50 years that people cannot recognise the clothes and customs of their parents.

    50 years from today, people will be researching your pictures to find out what life was at the beginning of this century.


    • Rajan Parrikar - July 14, 2016 - 1:30 am

      Yes, my intent is to portray Goa’s rural folks and a way of life that are fast fading. His children are probably on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - July 13, 2016 - 8:06 pm

    Hi Rajan,

    I must admit that the first photo, without the context of the other two, makes me wonder on Krishna’s intent and the cow’s fate. It sends out a lot menacing vibes to my eye. However, as a series, they’re wonderful.


Dive-bombed by Arctic terns.

The Oystercatchers in the first two images below were perturbed by my intrusion into their nesting space and registered their displeasure with harried calls. Soon thereafter the nearby colony of Arctic terns sensed my presence, and the reaction was fierce. They set upon me with an intent to draw blood (see the video). Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, came to mind on this magnificently eerie afternoon on the beach in Trékyllisvík, a remote bay on Iceland‘s Strandir coast.

The Arctic terns (Kría in Icelandic) fly enormous distances – enormous as in over 22,000 miles one way – to nest in Iceland.

Oyster Catcher in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Oystercatcher in Trékyllisvík5DS, 100-400L IS II

5DS, 100-400L IS II


The video is shot in 4K and is best seen in full-screen mode.