Geometry revealed.

My first shoot in Goa with the DJI Phantom 4. For a background of the Panjim Church, see this earlier post.

Panjim Church from the air

Panjim Church
DJI Phantom 4

  • Premanand - August 27, 2016 - 9:13 am

    Superb! How did you cut the red-tape and managed the restrictions? Also look at those flaming “buildings” in the top RHS corner. Pure eyesore.ReplyCancel

  • Merwin - August 26, 2016 - 12:33 pm

    Beautiful. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • B.C - August 26, 2016 - 9:33 am

    Probably the first aerial pic of the Church Imaculda da Conceição. Well done Phantom.ReplyCancel

    • Alcino Rodrigues - August 26, 2016 - 9:42 am

      The photo of the church brought back memories, going back to 60 years, when I was studying in GOA. It was a daily ritual for me to say a few prayers before going to school in fontainhas.
      Thank you for the memories.
      I would be interested in some shots of the old Liceu and Peoples high School buildings in fontainhas. Latter run by the Surlakars.ReplyCancel

Sunrise at 38,000 feet.

On my Lufthansa A380 flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt a couple of days ago.

Sunrise, A380, Atlantic Ocean

Glow over the Atlantic Ocean
iPhone 6s


The refulgent Rolls-Royce Trent 900 beauties outside were a feast for the eyes. However, the design of the A380 window porthole, with its larger-than-normal distance between the interior and exterior panels, did not permit the lens a clear field of view.

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


Masterclass in green.

Rural Goa in the rains.

Carpet of green, Agacaim, Goa

Carpet of green, Agacaim
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Forest meadow in Valpoi, Goa

Downpour in a forest, Valpoi
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

  • Premanand - August 15, 2016 - 9:03 am

    I could almost smell the fragrant earth in these photographs! Wow!ReplyCancel

India’s war on drones.

My plans for aerial photography in Goa this monsoon season have been shot down by the Indian government.

A new directive, issued by the Indian Finance Minister and noted aeronautics expert, Shri Arun Jaitley, went into effect from April 1. It puts drones in the Prohibited and Dutiable Goods list and requires you to declare them upon arrival. There is no clarity on the matter, and virtually no additional information is available on the official websites. I called the Indian Customs in Bombay and was told that any drone brought in will be impounded for “security reasons.” “National security” has now become a catch-all phrase, a tool for the tyrannical Indian government to harass people. No doubt the Brhaspati-in-Residence and knower of all things in the observable universe, Shri Manoharwa Parrikar, is right on the job, protecting Bharat Mata from the nefarious drones.

The Wright Brothers wouldn’t have amounted to much in India where the foundational principle is, “How can we stop you getting from Point A to Point B?” Drones are still sold online in India (how do they get through?), but even if you could get hold of one, it is near impossible to get it off the ground.

To be sure, drones need to be regulated. They aren’t toys and in the hands of the reckless they can present a serious threat to public safety as well as to sensitive civilian and military installations. But there is a thoughtful approach to addressing these concerns and then there’s the Indian way.

Here in the USA, registration with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is required, a simple matter of spending 3 mins on a website. The FAA’s mobile app helps determine if any nearby airport needs to be alerted before a flight. Additional guidelines are set to be in place soon.

For now, my DJI Phantom 4‘s rotors won’t be subjected to the humid Goan air.

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Grounded – DJI Phantom 4
iPhone 6s

  • Stu - October 5, 2016 - 6:35 pm

    This is such a shame as I was really looking forward to being able to show off the beauty of the country from another angle when I visit in November 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Arun - August 13, 2016 - 8:49 am

    So the policy, as described here, has not been enacted?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - August 13, 2016 - 10:17 am

      The status of DGCA’s draft policy is unclear. I called DGCA and Customs officials in Bombay and Delhi, and kept getting bounced around. Calls to the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC) likewise were futile.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - August 10, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    Bring it up here, little restrictions. And I´ll “keep” it for you 🙂ReplyCancel

Glacial tongue.

Glacial tongues originating from the mighty ice cap Vatnajökull fan out near the coast in southeast Iceland.

Hoffellslón lagoon of Hoffellsjökull, Iceland

Hoffellslón – glacial lagoon
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Hoffellsjökull, Iceland

5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

  • Premanand - August 8, 2016 - 10:32 am

    This place seems so desolate, albeit breathtakingly beautiful and splendid, that nothing stirs, not even the proverbial mouse. I say this because the water body in the photograph is still as a mirror, no ripples or movements. Great photograph, colours are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - August 8, 2016 - 12:29 am

    The second picture is almost surreal. It is hard to believe such a scene actually exists on our planet.ReplyCancel