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
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Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland - dusk

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Úlfljótsvatnskirkja, Iceland - sunset glow

Twilight glow
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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

2017 is here.

A misty January 1, 2017, morning in Saligao, Goa.

Sunrise in Saligao, Goa

The first sunrise of 2017
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The sun sets on 2016.

December 31, 2016, late evening in Vanxim, Goa.

Sunset in Vanxim, Goa

Adios to 2016
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  • jc - December 31, 2016 - 5:04 pm

    Lovely pic, Rajanbab

    Thank you yet again

    Happy New Year to you and your family


Midnight mass.

Gleðileg Jól, Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas!

Scenes from last night’s celebrations at the Holy Trinity Church in Nagoa which also services the neighboring villages of Arpora and Baga.

Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

Dressed for mass
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Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

Holy Trinity Church, Nagoa
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Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

The sermon
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Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

The ubiquitous smartphone
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Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

Mother and son
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Christmas Eve midnight mass at Nagoa Church, Goa

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