Shot during breakfast on the grounds of Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Lovebirds at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur<br>5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Lovebirds at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

  • Ashley D'silva - July 17, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Hello Rajan,
    Great photos. I like them very much – U made my day.

  • Arun - July 3, 2009 - 6:18 pm

    I’d be scared to let a beak so close to my eye, even if I was a peacock 🙂

    Did you do anything to enhance the blurred background?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan P. Parrikar - July 3, 2009 - 9:37 pm

      No. The shot was taken at f/2.8 @ 200mm from around 4 metres from the birds, so the background blur was natural.ReplyCancel

Meandering through the dried paddy fields one summer evening on the island of Chorão, Goa, I came upon this pedestal cross and quickly positioned myself to lock in this composition.

Pedestal Cross, Chorão, Goa<br>5D, 24-105L

Pedestal cross, Chorão, Goa
5D, 24-105L

  • Arun - June 29, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    I’m amazed that the pedestal cross isn’t in silhouette too. Good thinking to make this photograph happen!ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - June 28, 2009 - 10:12 pm

    The fill light has done wonders to this image. The silhouette of the bushes add up very well to this great shot !

    have you tried straightening the cross ? or maybe the quaintness of it inclined is better / more real ?ReplyCancel

Flying over the state of Kerala in southern India, the visitor is struck by what seems to be an endless panoply of palm fronds blanketing the land. This dense spread of the coconut tree has come to represent Kerala’s topographic signature. It serves as our motif in the sequence of photographs below. Here in the groves, the implements and the rhythm of everyday Keralan life are disclosed. The monsoon rains lend to the scene their deep water-soaked colours.

Backwaters at Alappuzha, Kerala<br>5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Backwaters at Alappuzha, Kerala
5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Vishnu Temple in Achan Thuruthu, Kerala<br>5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Vishnu temple in Achan Thuruthu, Kerala
5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Life in the Valiyaparamba backwaters, Kerala<br>5D, EF 24-105L

Life in the Valiyaparamba backwaters, Kerala
5D, EF 24-105L

  • mariya john - May 21, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Nice photography. Kerala is a God’s own country .ReplyCancel

  • Sarika - September 28, 2012 - 2:19 am

    Loved the last picture with people in the boat!ReplyCancel

  • Shubha - June 27, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Superb, Rajan! And the green in those photographs makes me long for the rains which sadly, seem to be giving us in the North, the dodge this year.ReplyCancel

  • prashanth - June 25, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Sanjeev, they are on terra-firma, you forgot they are backwater keralites!ReplyCancel

  • Thaths - June 25, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Were you moving or stationary when you took these photos? If you were moving… they are very sharp for having been shot from a moving object.ReplyCancel

  • Arun - June 25, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    God’s own country, but missing airconditioning 🙂

    The photographs transport me back to Kerala….ReplyCancel

  • jose - June 25, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Thank You Rajan. The pictures are truly beautiful. I liked the picture of the temple in the midst of the palms. So peaceful.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - June 25, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Love the picture with ALL the passengers in the boat staring at you ! I have never seen so many people standing in a boat. Must have some special stabiliser.ReplyCancel

In the realm of Portraiture, two lenses in the Canon line-up – EF 85mm f/1.2 L II and EF 135mm f/2 L – have attained occult status for their superlative optical performance and for the creative possibilities they open.

The 85L II lens was primarily conceived as a portrait lens. Not the fastest autofocus arrow in Canon’s quiver, it is best deployed in controlled, deliberate situations. With its widest aperture of f/1.2, it is a delicate tool requiring of care & skill.

The 135L lens revels in tight head shots and its fast autofocus lends it an extra edge. Stopped down, it is a splendid candidate for landscape work in the medium telephoto region.

A couple of portraits of my little niece Saraswati, taken in Panjim, Goa, are offered below.

The first image taken with 85L II underscores its signal feature: ability to cull the essentials from a composition – in this instance, the eyes – with its wafer thin depth of field at f/1.2.

The second is a quick, spontaneous capture with the 135L at an outdoors event. Here I had no choice but to make do with the angle & character of the available light at that moment. Perhaps the soft shadows in this instance enhance the profile. You decide.

Close-up of Saraswati<br>5D, 85L II

Close-up of Saraswati
5D, 85L II @ f/1.2

Portrait of Saraswati<br>5D, 135L

Portrait of Saraswati
5D, 135L @ f/2

  • Arun - June 21, 2009 - 5:26 am

    Keep Saraswati smiling!

    In the second, I suppose the shadow on the nose would concern a purist. To me, it makes the picture real.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - June 21, 2009 - 2:08 am

    Nice ones ! though I find the old lady’s picture spectacular. Wasn’t there one of a film industry veteran who you met up in Salcete ?ReplyCancel

Badami in the the state of Karnataka, India, is known for its  ancient rock-cut temples. The sandstone ridge, overlooking the town, is set afire every day moments before sundown.  In the image below, the Bhootnath temple is also seen on the banks of the lake.

Sandstone Ridge at Badami<br>5D, 24-105L

Sandstone ridge at Badami
5D, 24-105L

  • david mcmahon - June 22, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    Great depiction, marvellous colours. A friend of mine in Portugal just sent me the url for your photos and your blog. Some very interesting work here.ReplyCancel

  • Arun - June 21, 2009 - 7:04 am

    The colors are great! The scale is really made apparent by the temple. The tree on the right must be enormous.ReplyCancel