Sólheimasandur, Iceland:
A glacial outwash plain on a freezing, pitch dark night; the ghostly carcass of an aircraft squeaking in the wind; the dance of the Aurora in the heavens; the relentless roar of the North Atlantic at your back. The frisson experienced in this setting is unforgettable.

The wreckage was light-painted with a torch (flashlight) by my friend, Börkur “Emperor of Northern Lights” Hrólfsson.

See my earlier post for background information on this site.

Northern Lights in Sólheimasandur

Northern Lights in Sólheimasandur, south Iceland
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon


5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon


5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Map of Iceland

Sólheimasandur, Iceland
Courtesy: Google Earth

  • Slobodan Blagojevic - February 8, 2015 - 12:16 pm

    Great job, Rajan!ReplyCancel

  • mulch - November 25, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning images, I particularly like ‘Ghostly’ for the colours and the light picking out the plane….nice.

    Can you get to this plane easily from the road? It’s on my list of things to see next year.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - November 24, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    What these extraordinary images fail to convey is the sheer grit and effort which went into their creation.

    As I wallow in their ethereal beauty, feet up on the sofa, a warm cup of joe nearby, it’s easy to forget about the icy winds, the dangerous environment, the special clothing, the freezing hands, the all terrain vehicle constantly getting stuck in the ice and snow, the procurement of an expert guide to maybe cut the risk, the failing camera batteries, and so on.


  • Mervyn Lobo - November 24, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Great pictures of the plane and environment.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrólfsson - November 24, 2012 - 4:33 am

    Great, like it !ReplyCancel

  • Freddy Agnelo Fernandes - November 24, 2012 - 1:48 am

    The natural colour combinations are just amazing, awesome photography, Rajan babReplyCancel

Eye candy at 39000 feet.

On my Icelandair flight to Seattle last evening, the Belt of Venus and Earth’s shadow are seen behind the nacelle of the 757’s Rolls Royce engine.

Belt of Venus and Earth's shadow

Belt of Venus and Earth’s shadow
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Over the North Atlantic

Over the North Atlantic
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II


My Diwali night near the Arctic Circle.

Greetings to all on the occasion of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Fittingly, I got to experience quite a show last night in cold, icy Mývatn in north Iceland.

Celestial dance over Lake Mývatn, Iceland

Celestial dance over Lake Mývatn, Iceland
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Our superjeep in the frozen wilds

Our superjeep in the frozen wilds
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon

  • mallikarjuna - November 20, 2012 - 3:44 am

    blows the mind away,
    I’ll set this as wall paper…….Superb.ReplyCancel

  • Dipanjan Mitra - November 15, 2012 - 1:29 am

    Celestial Deepawali…..ReplyCancel

  • mulch - November 14, 2012 - 5:26 am

    The Celestial dance over Lake Mývatn is a fabulous capture. We hope to be there next April, not the best of time to see the NL’s, but a fabulous place non the less.

    Happy DiwaliReplyCancel

  • Sandesh Anvekar - November 14, 2012 - 1:37 am

    Wow!!! What an unique way to celebrate the festival of Lights.

    Happy DiwaliReplyCancel

  • Arun - November 14, 2012 - 1:22 am

    Happy Diwali, in the island of the northern lights!ReplyCancel

  • Yash Kamat - November 13, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    Wow!! Happy Diwali!!ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - November 13, 2012 - 5:45 pm


    In a strange way, which I cannot explain, the one with the car is more powerful.

    Maybe it’s the reference of the man-made to the ethereal which heightens the sense of mystery and isolation.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrólfsson - November 13, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    Beautiful !!! A Nissan isn´t it ? And yeas the lights are great as well.

    Happy Diwali to you all !ReplyCancel

The heavens light up.

Last night in the cold wilds of Iceland, near Lake Þórisvatn in the Highlands.

Northern Lights over Þórisvatn, Iceland

Northern Lights over Þórisvatn, Iceland
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 15mm f/2.8 Distagon


PS: I’m currently in the field with an uncalibrated MacBook Pro.


Wandering in Canacona, south Goa, on a monsoon afternoon this August, we encountered a dhangar (shepherd) clutching goat pups that he revealed had been delivered barely a couple of hours earlier.

Nau Bhagu Kharat

Nau Bhagu Kharat, dhangar from Canacona, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

With newly born goat pups

The goatherd and his currency
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Barely a couple of hours old

Factory fresh
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

  • Prashant - November 28, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Nice Pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - November 7, 2012 - 7:29 am

    The first is an especially powerful portrait.ReplyCancel

  • Nandkumar Kamat - November 6, 2012 - 9:54 am

    beautifully captured,very poetic and moving…ReplyCancel