Magical light of Iceland.

These are scenes of a summers’ night I spent cruising along Skagafjörður in north Iceland. Being all alone around midnight on the edge of the fjord, with the quiet landscape drenched by the low sun, was an unforgettable experience in “shuddering before the beautiful.” I had a good mind to set the camera aside and fully immerse myself in the symphony of light.

Tröllaskagi mountains in Skagafjörður

Tröllaskagi mountains of Skagafjörður
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 

Light of this quality renders even ordinary objects refulgent, as witness the next couple of images. The red of the truck is very difficult to retain in sRGB space for web viewing since it spills out of gamut. I fear that on many monitors it may look either blown or a dull orange.

Truck-Midnight-Sun-Skagafjordur-Iceland

Midnight sun in Skagafjörður

Light of the midnight sun in Skagafjörður
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Midnight sun on Tröllaskagi mountains

Midnight sun on Tröllaskagi mountains
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Route 76 in Skagafjörður

A night to remember
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • Yash - November 2, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Wow! So BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - September 13, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    The second image is worthy of a Kubrick or Shyamalan. Arresting, haunting and terrifying, all at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - September 13, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Rajan,

    It must have been a moment to live for. I think even your picture perfect photographs also cannot fully reflect the bliss that one feels being in that place at that time. But nonetheless thanks for these stunning views!!!ReplyCancel

Apple’s forgotten co-founder.

It is well known that Apple Computer was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Not as well known is that there was a third co-founder – Ronald Wayne. With Jobs and Wozniak wet behind the ears at the time, Ron was the adult in the room. He conceived the original Apple logo, crafted the partnership agreement, and took a 10% stake in the company. But only 12 days later he relinquished all his shares for $800. Had he kept them, they would have been worth $35 billion by August 2011.

I met Ron in April this year at his home in the desert town of Pahrump, about an hours’ drive west of Las Vegas. He has not the slightest regret, not a trace of bitterness at what might have been. I found in him a warm, soft-spoken man at peace with himself.

Read more about Ron here (Wiki), here (Daily Mail), and here (9to5 Mac).

Ron Wayne, co-founder of Apple at his home in Pahrump

Ronald G. Wayne, Co-Founder of Apple Computer
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Ron Wayne, co-founder of Apple at his home in Pahrump

Presenting me his book, Adventures of an Apple Founder
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Ron Wayne and Rajan Parrikar

Ron Wayne and your friendly photographer
Photo by: Veena Parrikar

 
 
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Ephemeral moments.

The curtain lifted for barely a couple of minutes for me to delight in this scene before fog reclaimed the setting.

Sauðhúsvöllur in Eyjafjöll, Iceland

Sauðhúsvöllur in Eyjafjöll, Iceland

Sauðhúsvöllur farm in Eyjafjöll, Iceland
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
 
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  • Arun - September 10, 2013 - 12:08 am

    Difficult to pick between the color and B&W versions, each has its own charm.ReplyCancel

Salutations to the God of Intellect and Wisdom.

This year the festival in honour of Ganesha will be celebrated on Monday, September 9.

Excerpts from my introduction to the Ganesha photo gallery in The Huffington Post, 2010:

The story is told that the elephant-headed Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, the god of war, were once locked in a dispute. To break the impasse they sought the counsel of their parents, the great God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva proposed that the boys compete in a race of 3 laps around the universe. Kartikeya mounted his peacock and dashed out of sight, hoping to open up an early lead. Ganesha, on the other hand, was in no hurry. He walked over to Shiva and Parvati, went around them thrice and bowed, saying, “You, my dear parents, are the manifest universe. I have completed the race.”

This parable illuminates Ganesha’s character – loving, highly intelligent; a fount of wisdom. Immensely loved in India, he is acknowledged as a scholar nonpareil, music runs in his blood, and as his portly figure suggests, he is a confirmed foodie. It was Ganesha who transcribed the great Hindu epic Mahabharata in real time while the sage Vyasa dictated it.

Ties to Ganesha run deep in Hindu families where he is often viewed as a member of the household. He is invoked at the beginning of every new undertaking and his blessings sought at major events in life. Generations of students given to goofing off have been known to petition him for a lifeline just before writing their final exam.

The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated every year, and the festivities in western and southern India are especially intense.

 
 

This beautiful sculpture was a real find for me last month. It is part of the Mahadev temple in the tiny village of Casarvernem in north Goa.

Ganapati at the Mahadev temple in Casarvernem

Ancient Ganesha image at Casarvernem, Pernem taluka, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Umanath Anant Naik painting his Ganesh idols in Nagueshi

Artist Umanath Naik puts final touches in Nagueshi, Goa (2007)
5D, 24-105L

 

An earlier blog entry with photos from the 2007 celebrations at our home is here. Another entry devoted to the historic Ganesha of Khandola is here.

 
 
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Falls of the Beloved.

Deep in the Western Sahyadri range at an elevation of 800 m in northeast Goa is perched its highest village, Surla. Access to this remote outpost involves a steep climb up the winding mountain pass of Chorla Ghat, and then a brief foray across the state border into Karnataka before a forked path leads back into Goa to this speck of a village. There are expansive views to be had from the lookout here, and the vistas are especially high on drama during the monsoons when the romance of water and wind is at its peak. Last month I made 3 excursions in the space of a week to this enchanting location.

This waterfall seen from Surla (pronounced like the French ‘sur la table’) is known by its Konkani name Ladkyacho Vozar, meaning “Falls of the Beloved.” A short video clip below gives a sense of the mood.

Ladkyacho vozar (waterfall) seen from Surla, Goa

Ladkyacho vozar near Surla, Goa
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

 
Ladkyacho vozar waterfall in the Western Sahyadris

Ladkyacho vozar in the Western Sahyadris of Goa
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 

A larger version may be seen here.

 
 
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  • Pronoy Baidya - April 10, 2015 - 11:28 am

    Lovely photograph. I have been working in the village of Surla on a wildlife project for the past 3 years now. Feels great to see that you have had such a lovely experience there. This village and its surrounding forests are unparalleled!ReplyCancel

  • sahil kapor - September 16, 2014 - 4:45 am

    Very nice blog. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am also planning to do some adventure activities near goa- karnataka border .If anybody wants to join me for the trip feel free to contact me.
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  • Ayush Kerkar - April 14, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Very good photo.ReplyCancel

  • The Gardener - September 6, 2013 - 5:31 am

    Such a wonderful sight magnificently captured in camera. The lighting captured in the first photo is really great!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rahul Tripathi - September 4, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Dear Rajan
    One of the most enthralling view of the place, captured in a poetic manner.Thanks for the visual treatReplyCancel

  • VM - September 3, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    Wow. That second shot is one of the most beautiful landscape images I’ve ever seen of Goa…well done.ReplyCancel

  • Hitesh Gusani - September 3, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Excellent place and great capture of the waterfall, did you use some filter for the red flame type of effect or was it done in post processing? Thanks for sharing the place info, its on my TO visit places in near future…ReplyCancel