Hippic fun.

The first two images were taken near the imposing table volcano Búrfell in Þjórsárdalur, south Iceland.

In the shadow of Búrfell in Þjórsárdalur

Icelandic horses in the shadow of Búrfell
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

 
Horseplay

Gambolling in Þjórsárdalur
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

 

The Simplify plugin developed by Topaz Labs transforms photographs into digital art and I have been playing with it the past couple of weeks. A preliminary effort and its parent image are seen below.

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses

 
Snacking on salt, south Fjallabak route

Snacking on salt, south Fjallabak route
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 

Check out an earlier post on the Icelandic Horse.

 
 
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  • Thomas Pindelski - October 11, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    The painting effect works surprisingly well, and what a charming picture of the three horses.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - October 11, 2012 - 5:30 am

    ,,Horsing around” Hehehe.
    I like the painting effect.ReplyCancel

  • Yash Kamat - October 11, 2012 - 4:20 am

    Superb! The beauty of Iceland and your photography are unbelievable!! The second photo and last photo are awesome..ReplyCancel

Monsoonal green.

An old path wends through the paddy fields of Pilerne, a village in Goa. Can you spot the lone cyclist?

Pilerne fields

Lush
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
The fields of Pilerne

A wider view
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • A A Fernandes - March 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    A cockle warming spectacular capture , vantage.PricelessReplyCancel

  • sanjeev - October 13, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Simply delightful !ReplyCancel

  • Mathew Estrocio - October 3, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Some of Goa’s scenes can be well compared with Switzerland. Let us preserve greenery and be proud our mother land Goa.

    Cheers,
    Mathew Estrocio
    Doha Qatar.ReplyCancel

Greetings to all on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is one of the major festivals in Goa and this year the celebrations fall on September 18 through 20.

The heavily forested taluka of Sattari in Goa‘s northeast holds some of the most remarkable surprises. This ancient image of Ganesha, embraced by the roots of a tree, lies outdoors by a secluded, seasonal creek in the village of Ambelim. It remains submerged under water during the monsoon months. Nobody quite knows its history.

Ganapati sculpture in the outdoors at Ambelim, Goa

Ganapati sculpture in the outdoors at Ambelim, Goa
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Ensconced in the tree roots

Ensconced in the tree roots
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Wider view

Wider view
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 

All posts on the Ganesha theme are collected at this link.

 
 
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The façade of Solar dos Monteiros presents a striking sight to anyone driving across Salcette in south Goa. This handsome house is set by the main road in the village of Assolna. Solar is Portuguese for manor. I was in the area last month and on a lark walked up and knocked on the door. We were warmly received by the owners Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro. The delightful couple and their gentle manner cut a picture of old world Goa at its finest.

The family mansion dates back to 1730. Its large salas (Portuguese for halls) exemplify the stately Goan houses of that era. Of particular interest is a secondary porch inside with its mezzanine stage for performing musicians during special events hosted at the mansion. The Monteiros have a record of service to the community and are descended from a line of teachers, doctors and freedom fighters.

Solar dos Monteiros in Assolna, Goa

Solar dos Monteiros in Assolna, Goa
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
Porch

Porch
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Sala I

Sala I
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Sala II

Sala II
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro

Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
 
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  • anish esteves - April 9, 2016 - 12:44 am

    ARISTOCRATIC HOUSE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • jenifa - September 30, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Thats my Family doctors house….used to always admire during my childhood…Jenifa BrittoReplyCancel

  • jc - September 16, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Thanks Rajan.

    Beautiful.

    jcReplyCancel

  • Elva Fernandes - September 16, 2012 - 6:07 am

    Congratulations Celine and Armando – just beautiful!!! proud moment for you both.

    Elva and JoeReplyCancel

  • Raul & Ramona de Oliveira Fernandes - September 16, 2012 - 3:37 am

    Celina & Armando, your house is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • max loyola furtado - September 16, 2012 - 2:01 am

    Portuguese architecture with a Goan touch by Armando and Celina!
    Proud of Goan heritage !ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baldino - September 15, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    These pictures are wonderful. I particularly like the front steps and entry. JudyReplyCancel

  • Marconi de Sousa - September 15, 2012 - 7:00 am

    Loved it – majestic…!ReplyCancel

  • B. Colaco - September 15, 2012 - 12:47 am

    These pics evoke memories of my ancestral home in Salcette, unfortunately sold by my family and probably left to rot.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn Lobo - September 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    The second picture is close to perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Aiden - September 14, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Beautiful palatial house Maison Augnita in Assolna Goa and the congrats to the lovely couple Celina & Armando who maintain and keep it so well.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - September 14, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Extraordinary. Interesting that the home has been in the family for so long.ReplyCancel

  • Marlies Meister - September 14, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Absolutely beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

Sunset in an alien world.

This July we had the unforgettable experience of finding ourselves in the middle of the Icelandic Highlands in the middle of the night. At this hour and at this latitude the quality of light coming in at a low angle is unreal. Throw in a bleak, desolate landscape and you might as well be on Tatooine.

Midnight in the Icelandic Highlands

Midnight in the Icelandic Highlands
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Spellbound - Börkur Hrólfsson

Spellbound – Börkur Hrólfsson, my guide and friend
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Möðrudalsgarður Vestari

Möðrudalsgarður Vestari
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • Dipanjan Mitra - September 27, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Hello Rajan,
    Great work of art for this Möðrudalsgarður Vestari click. If you may allow me to ask you, did u use a warm or Grad ND filter? How did you cover this dynamic range.

    I am an amateur and still learning photography.

    Best Regards,
    DipanjanReplyCancel

  • Nandkumar Kamat - September 10, 2012 - 4:28 am

    These are spellbinding earthscapes, poetry of magical tranquility and the landscapes talk to you in an ancient, primeval language.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrólfsson - September 9, 2012 - 6:38 am

    Wow ! The one with Möðrudalur is magical, I like it. And the one of the guy, what a strange fellow.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - September 9, 2012 - 6:21 am

    Unreal and otherworldly indeed. Special colors.ReplyCancel

  • Yash Kamat - September 9, 2012 - 2:59 am

    It’s awesome!ReplyCancel