I met the lovely Gunnhild in Höfn in southeast Iceland. She is from the Faroe Islands.

The first portrait was taken outdoors (hence the squint).

Gunnhild from Faroe Islands

Gunnhild from the Faroe Islands

Gunnhild from the Faroe Islands
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

  • Premanand - December 8, 2014 - 8:26 am

    The flawless skin is a result of, as Kamat Bab said, Icelandic genes or make-up or Ms. Photoshop? But, nonetheless, “Sundar”!ReplyCancel

  • Nandkumar M. Kamat - December 8, 2014 - 7:51 am

    An image straight from works of Khalil Gibran implying youth, joy and innocence. The purity of the country shines in this genetically pure portraitReplyCancel


A wintry scene in Snæfellsnes, Iceland.

Lýsuvatn in Snæfellsnes, Iceland

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

Panorama at Lýsuvatn, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

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

Rajan Parrikar at Lýsuvatn, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Moi photographing at Lýsuvatn
© Börkur Hrólfsson

  • Nandkumar M. Kamat - December 8, 2014 - 7:55 am

    What charms of Earth! This is a pristine paradise and we pray and wish that it may remain so till Sun and Moon last. An iconic capture by RajanbabReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - December 3, 2014 - 3:24 am

    Superb. Monchrome color ….ReplyCancel

Dattatreya temple in Sakhali, Goa.

The village of Sakhali is noted for its temple dedicated to Dattatreya, or Datta Maharaj, as He is known in Goa. It is the only major temple deity in Goa that I haven’t yet photographed.

When I was in the area on a monsoon morning in 2013, I stopped by the temple, tripod and camera in hand. However, the rakshashas inside wouldn’t allow me to photograph. I would need advance permission from the president of the temple’s governing body, they asserted. Turned out that the prez was someone I knew when he was a lad in shorts, and I wasn’t going to seek “permission” from the little shit. As I made my way out of the premises, out of nowhere appeared this man seeking money for food.

I like to think that it was Dattatreya Himself. Thanksgiving in America is celebrated on a Thursday, Dattatreya‘s day.

Anna Deshpande at Datta Maharaj temple in Sakhali

Giving thanks: Anna Deshpande
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

  • Nandkumar M. Kamat - December 8, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Advaita of devotion and devotee is well captured in the eyes which reflect the tragic truth of our ephemeral lifeReplyCancel

  • Premanand - November 27, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Yes, that restriction of not allowing to photograph the deity is sometimes annoying. Nonetheless, very good post, reassures our belief that the Lord appears if the bhakt has sharddha.

    P.S. A gentle request: Will it be possible for you to do a post on Ramnathi? Or taking it a step ahead, will it be possible to do a series (like Panaji Promenade) on all the major devasthans in Goa? This is just a suggestion. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 27, 2014 - 10:26 pm



      Certain restrictions are necessary and justifiable. For instance, during aarti, pooja and any special rituals, photographers can be a distraction to the ceremony. I can understand the prohibition on flash photography. But surely they can institute a time slot where non-flash photography is allowed. This kind of thinking is alien to the dummies who run many of our temples. Their sole goal is to pull rank and exercise power. That said, it is rare that I run into such resistance in Goa.


      As for Ramnathi – I think I may have something in my library. I will have to get to it sometime.ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - November 27, 2014 - 4:37 am

    Fantastic portrait, Rajan! Beautifully processed too.ReplyCancel

Crater lake Víti.

I was fortunate to find myself in the northern Highlands of Iceland near Mývatn for the first dusting of snow this season. The crater lake Víti (meaning ‘hell’ in Icelandic) is part of the volcanically active Krafla caldera.

The panorama below was stitched from three frames obtained via the ‘Shift’ movement on Canon’s Tilt-Shift 17mm f/4 lens.

Víti crater at Krafla, first dusting of snow

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

Panorama of Víti crater at Krafla, first dusting of snow, Iceland

Víti í Kröflu panorama (Click on the image to enlarge)
5D Mark III, TS-E 17L


Mjóifjörður, Iceland. Population: 20.

I had barely settled down in my cottage after a long day when I espied the little girl leading her horse. Sensing the unfolding situation, I reached for my camera and dashed out barefoot in the cold, damp conditions.

Jónina París Guðmundsdóttir on her horse in Mjóifjörður

Icelandic girl, Icelandic Horse
5D Mark III, 24-105L

Jónina París Guðmundsdóttir on her horse in Mjóifjörður

Girl, Horse, Fjord
5D Mark III, 24-105L

Jónina París Guðmundsdóttir of Mjóifjörður

Jónina París Guðmundsdóttir of Mjóifjörður, East Iceland
5D Mark III, 24-105L

  • Arun - November 16, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    #1 is a favorite.

    The 24-105 is extremely versatile. I wonder if the 24-70 f2.8 v2 provides anything over it.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 17, 2014 - 5:51 pm

      Yes, the 24-105L, while not the sharpest arrow in the quiver (especially the corners), is the most versatile lens around. I have briefly tried the 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its image quality is stellar but its lack of IS and the extra 71-105 range dictated my decision to stay with the 24-105.ReplyCancel