Everyone’s a portrait photographer now.
Sri Ganesha with the iPhone X. The Portrait Mode works very well and virtually no intervention is needed.
Update: DxO review for the iPhone X camera.
In Goa’s Hindu heartland.
The temple of Nagesh, a form of Shiva, has a special cultural and religious significance for Goa‘s Hindus. This is a site of great antiquity, dating to probably circa 7th century AD, and is the only major Goan temple currently in active service that remained unaffected by the trauma of the iconoclasm waged by the early Portuguese.
An inscription in stone from the Vijayanagara era (14th C) is found in the temple. The current build was completed at the end of the 18th C.
The inheritance of serene surroundings, a lovely tank, and a charming design seems to be lost on the current keepers. Besides sanctioning the yearly coat of paint, they display no imagination, no attention to detail, and little evidence of aesthetic sensibility. Still, we must count our blessings that the bright wits haven’t yet dropped an ugly concrete blob within the perimeter.
These images were taken on a monsoon morning last year when, following a rain shower, the colours were thrown into bold relief.
My 2011 post on Nageshi is here.
The solitary Rowan.
A lone Rowan stands refulgent on a carpet of colour in the Mývatn area of north Iceland. It is as if someone played Holi here.
This is the first in a new series devoted to the colours of the very brief Icelandic Fall.
Green volcanic cone.
Mælifell is the crown jewel of Mælifellssandur, the black volcanic desert adjoining the northern fringe of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Given the right conditions, this landscape in the southcentral Highlands of Iceland looks and feels unearthly.
The following photo essay features compositions framed on the ground, from a Cessna aircraft, and by a drone. A short video clip is also attached.
Mælifell is pronounced My-li-fetl.