Turbulent weather.

Strong wind gusts and driving rain disrupted life this morning in Ísafjörður, the only town in the Westfjords of Iceland. But for a photographer it couldn’t have been nicer.

Lone walker on a stormy morning in Ísafjörður

Lone figure
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Ísafjörður harbour on a stormy morning

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Ísafjörður harbour5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

The harbour in Ísafjörður
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

  • Premanand - October 21, 2016 - 10:24 am

    Past two days I have been feeling rather sad, sullen and gloomy; I will blame it on the weather here. Checking your post today made me feel better, even though you have portrayed something similar. The second photograph is very soothing; lapping waves, firmness of the ship and that blue colour! Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

Inclement weather.

The lower half of Iceland has been socked in by extreme conditions the past few days. Despite the dire forecast, Börkur and I made bold to head out into the south-central Highlands today. High winds and ‘horizontal rain’ (as Icelanders are wont to call it) rendered photography from the tripod all but impossible. The bright spot was that we had the wilds virtually to ourselves.

A quick visual summary of our day follows.

Landmannaleid, Iceland

Off we go – Landmannaleið
iPhone 7

Þóristindur, seen from Krókslón, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Superjeep near Valagjá, Iceland

In the wilds
iPhone 7

Mógilshöfdar, near Dómadalur, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

  • Bob_B - October 14, 2016 - 8:26 am

    Hi Rajan,

    I very much enjoy the first photo, with its color contrast against the bleak background. Not owning one, I’m amazed at the quality of image from the iPhone7. Of course, the last one is magnificent as well, as I commented recently on LuLa.

    Best wishes,

    • Rajan Parrikar - October 14, 2016 - 7:33 pm

      Thank you, Bob. The iPhone 7 camera is very good. Not DLSR quality (yet) but improving with every iteration.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - October 13, 2016 - 9:58 am

    Did you do any selective colourization in the first photograph?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - October 13, 2016 - 2:14 pm

      No, the scene is how it looked to our eyes. It is a volcanic desert environment of ash, lava & mountains.ReplyCancel

Low hanging fruit.

Rainbows are wonderful but they don’t excite me as photographic subjects. We came upon this scene while driving in the Amargosa Desert between Death Valley and Las Vegas. It would have been perverse to not stop and take the shot.

For a beautiful exposition on rainbows, see this.

Rainbow in Amargosa Valley, Nevada

Amargosa Desert, Nevada
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


Making it back home.

A lone fishing boat returns to the harbour in Norðurfjörður on Iceland‘s Strandir coast. Icelandic waters and weather can be extremely treacherous, and although technology has now made it safer, fishing here is always fraught with uncertainty and danger.

Fishing boat in Norðurfjörður snowstorm, Iceland

5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II


Fisherman at Norðurfjörður harbour, Iceland

At Norðurfjörður harbour, Iceland

Back home
5D Mark III, 24-105L