Twilight blue.

Bláfjall (“Blue Mountain”) forms a triad of massive table mountains together with Sellandafjall and Búrfell in the Mývatn area of northern Iceland.

This haunting scene from across from the lava field capped a day of fast changing weather that brought the season’s first dusting of snow. The photo was taken handheld in fading light and blustery conditions.

Bláfjall near Mývatn, Iceland

Bláfjall (1222 m)
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • M Lobo - January 25, 2015 - 11:40 am

    This one looks majestic. It reminds me of Kilimanjaro. While Kilimanjaro rises over a plain lush with nature, the contrast here of the mountain rising out of desolation makes it eye catching (to me). My congrats.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - January 25, 2015 - 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Mervyn. To add to your comment – Kilimanjaro is a stratovolcano, Bláfjall was a sub-glacial volcano.ReplyCancel

Imposing.

Red Cliffs at the Red Rock Canyon in California‘s Mojave Desert.

I have photographed here thrice in three years in the month of December; unfortunately the very first light is blocked by a ridge at this time of the year.

Red Cliffs, Red Rock Canyon, California

Red Cliffs, Red Rock Canyon, California
5D Mark III, 100-400L II

 
Red Rocks Canyon (Red Cliffs), Mojave Desert, early morning, Panorama

Panorama (Click on the image to enlarge)
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
 
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Photolithography in Nature.

Glacial river geometry of the Icelandic Highlands photographed from the air.

The sun was out intermittently creating transient moments of these stark patterns from my vantage point in the aircraft. Note that the first two images below are not black and white conversions.

Aerial view of Icelandic Highlands and Glacial River Valley

Glacial river patterns, Highlands of Iceland
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Aerial view of Icelandic Highlands and Glacial River Valley

Skein
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Aerial view of Icelandic Highlands and Glacial River Valley

Light, Dark, and Green
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
 
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  • Arun - January 20, 2015 - 12:12 am

    Wow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - January 18, 2015 - 9:41 pm

    The only song by which comes to mind here is Mukesh’s “Yeh kaun chitrakaar hai, yeh kaun chitrakaar”.ReplyCancel

Games at warp speed.

Dec 29, 2014: I was at Father Crowley Point peering down Rainbow Canyon on the western boundary of Death Valley National Park when I caught sight of the approaching jet over the ridgeline of the Argus Range. This is the one section of the park where the US Air Force retains special training rights.

Positioned near the edge of the canyon wall, I was totally unprepared for what was coming. Fortunately, the 70-200mm telephoto zoom was mounted on my camera. The show began and concluded in a flash, and I had no time to check my camera settings or switch to burst mode. These were all one-shot, centre focus point takes. I found out later that the jet was a Boeing F-18 Super Hornet. They get down low into the Rainbow Canyon – I wonder what it would look like to a hiker on the canyon floor.

I waited at the same spot for another hour hoping for another pass, this time with the new 100-400L IS II lens. Just as I was returning to my car, a jet swooped down and barely cleared Highway 190. I have combined both the passes in the sequence below.

US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Approach
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Lining up
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

At the head of Rainbow Canyon
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

90º roll
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Swoops down (right over Highway 190)
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Clears Highway 190
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

In the canyon
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Shooting past
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
US Air Force fighter jet in Rainbow Canyon (from Father Crowley Point)

Up close
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Rainbow Canyon from Father Crowley Point

Rainbow Canyon and Panamint Valley
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 

Check out this video for some spectacular footage (Note: language NSFW).

 
 
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  • Death Valley Jim - January 12, 2015 - 7:36 pm

    Very nice! I was treated to an air show in Panamint Valley, this past Saturday. Always a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - January 12, 2015 - 6:32 pm

    Up close is my favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - January 12, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    Rajan – It looks like they were modelling for you :-)

    The up close shot is a cracker !ReplyCancel

First light.

Glowing coconut trunks in Batim, Goa.

Coconut trees in Batim, Goa

First light
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Morning in Batim, Goa

Morning in Batim, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
 
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  • jc - January 9, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    Thank you again, Rajanbab.

    Like Mervyn, I too have a Nostalgic weakness for Coconut trees.

    is that golden glow from the evening sun?

    jcReplyCancel

    • jc - January 9, 2015 - 9:13 pm

      Oops…..I see it …..Sunrise ! ! !ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn Lobo - January 9, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    The first picture is beautiful. I never have seen a composure quite like this and one of my weaknesses is to look for pictures of coconut trees. Congrats.ReplyCancel