At the glacier’s edge.

Jökulheimar lies on the western boundary of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. Its glacial tongue Tungnaárjökull is the source of Tungnaá, one of Iceland‘s iconic rivers.

Getting to Jökulheimar entails a long drive traversing a black volcanic desert in the south-central Highlands. We set out on a day of extreme weather – howling wind, rain, and cold – but Börkur and his superjeep were not to be deterred. These conditions do not permit tripod-based photography, but they reward us with atmospherics and isolation not frequently encountered.

Jökulheimar, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Jökulheimar, Tungnaá, Vatnajökull, Iceland

Vatnajökull and Tungnaá
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Volcanic desert on Jökulheimaleið, Iceland

Black volcanic desert on Jökulheimaleið
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - February 20, 2017 - 5:49 am

    Haha, one of the windiest days I´ve gone into the highlands. And the only time I´ve been there without seeing another human being for a whole day, except of course my friend and photographer Rajan Parrikar.
    We were totally alone in the highlands this day.
    Totally worth going out, when everybody else stayed inside.ReplyCancel

Flow on red.

Rauðufossar – lit. “Red Waterfalls” – in the Highlands of Iceland.

Rauðufossar Waterfalls, Iceland

Volcanic slopes
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Rauðufossar Waterfalls, Iceland

5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


An earlier foray in 2012 lead to this image.

  • Milind Khot - February 14, 2017 - 1:31 pm

    Brilliant photos, as usual, admire your work Rajan!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - February 13, 2017 - 2:57 pm

    Earlier I thought that this phenomenon is similar to the Blood Falls of Antarctica. But it does not look like they are similar. Here, I think, only the rock is red in colour whereas in the Blood Falls the water itself is red.

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 13, 2017 - 6:07 pm

      Although the source of the red in both instances is most likely the same – iron oxide.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - February 13, 2017 - 2:07 pm

    The first photo is a real beauty to my eye. I love the diagonals and complementary colors. Well done (as always).ReplyCancel

An autumnal foray.

In the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, south-central Highlands of Iceland.

Kirkjufellsós, Nyrðra Fjallabak, Iceland

Fall colours near Kirkjufellsós
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Formations in Jökulgil, Iceland

Formations in Jökulgil
5DS, 100-400L IS II


See this post from 2010 for more images from the area.

  • Premanand - February 9, 2017 - 2:16 pm

    I was overcome by this strange feeling of “licking” the second photograph. I see that you have called them “fingers” in your 2010 post. So that makes the photograph “finger licking good”! 🙂ReplyCancel

First dusting of the season.

The site of Úlfljótsvatnskirkja dates back to the settlement era, the current structure was built in 1914.

The provenance is explained below by Börkur Hrólfsson (“Emperor of Northern Lights”):

Úlfur is wolf and ljótur is today ugly, but in the old days it meant facial expressions. So the first lawspeaker in Iceland was Úlfljótur, meaning “looking like a wolf” rather than “ugly like a wolf.” The lake which the church overlooks is Úlfljótsvatn. His father originally owned the lake and the surroundings (got it as a price for finding the location for Alþingi at Þingvellir). But he died very soon after and his son Úlfljótur inherited it. So the name means, “The church (kirkja) at the lake (vatn) of Úlfljótur.”

Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland - in a snow storm

Úlfljótsvatnskirkja – first dusting
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland - dusk

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland - sunset glow

Twilight glow
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Rajan Parrikar at Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland

‘Action’ shot
By Veena Parrikar, iPhone 7+

  • eric pinto - January 28, 2017 - 9:13 am

    Haunting beauty. They now send use volcanic vents to steam the water that drives turbines, send electricity to Scotland over cables laid on the seabed. I told a Skandanavian that Skanda was Shiva’s consort. They deny their Semitic roots.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrolfsson - January 27, 2017 - 7:37 pm

    My favorite photo is the second one. It kinda captures the “harsh” autumn climate.
    Also in photo nr. 3, you can see in the distance a electric power plant. This is Steingrímsstoð, the last of three hydro plants built in this area.. After WW. 2, Iceland got 30 million dollars from Mr. Marshall in USA. These money were used to build up infrastructure, and industry in Iceland. Roads, farm equipment, harbors, ships, factories and three electric power plants in this area, and this is the last one to be built, 1959. It is “Whooping” 27 MW, which was big in those days.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - January 27, 2017 - 6:10 pm

    I love analyzing your photographs. In this post I like the way you have shown the same subject from different perspectives. The last photograph gives us a glimpse as to how the scene would have looked to you. Compare that with the first photograph and we see how you have culled out the essential part and created art from it.

    In the twilight photograph I like the way you have meticulously placed the church below the mountains and against the plain background of the water body. Great work!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - January 28, 2017 - 5:14 am

      Premanand-bab, thanks for the discerning remarks. You have caught the bug!ReplyCancel

Ceiling artwork.

When the takeout order takes too long to arrive, what’s a photographer to do?

Ceiling design at the Riorico restaurant of the iconic Hotel Mandovi in Panjim, Goa. Placed flush on the floor, the iPhone 7 lens was just wide enough to frame the circle.

PS: Two exposures were bracketed to retain some detail in the lamp area.

Chandelier and Ceiling Art, Riorico, Panjim, Goa

Chandelier and Relief
iPhone 7

  • Anderson - January 21, 2017 - 5:36 pm

    Thank you for the splendid photos you post 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - January 12, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    Which camera app do you use on your iPhone?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - January 12, 2017 - 4:38 pm

      For this image I used the default Camera app that comes with the iPhone. I have other apps installed, too, that enable shooting in RAW.ReplyCancel