Ave Maria

I spent yesterday evening in the serene village of St. Estevem in the Tiswadi taluka of Goa. The sight of the Church of St. Estevem glowing in the warm light of the setting sun is one to treasure.

Facing the church and on a pedestal backed by foliage is a statue of Maria. Although the church was my primary object of photographic interest, I was drawn to this evocative mise-en-scène. The backlit visage of Maria, the shadows in the foliage, and the lack of sufficient isolation of the main subject from its background meant that the colour image did not adequately express my own vision and feeling. The grayscale interpretation, seen below, holds promise and is still a work-in-progress.

The Church of St. Estevem has been featured in an earlier blog post.

Ave Maria in St. Estevem, Goa

Ave Maria in St. Estevem, Goa
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

 
Church of St. Estevem in St. Estevem, Goa

Church of St. Estevem in St. Estevem, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
 
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  • Ave Maria | Photo Art News and Events - February 4, 2011 - 3:58 am

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  • Con - February 4, 2011 - 3:27 am

    Rajan’s pics depict perfection..always
    Thank you r.
    ConReplyCancel

  • Roland Francis - February 4, 2011 - 2:39 am

    A beautiful and well-angled photograph.

    Two questions: Churches were never well maintained from the outside or painted before. Now all of them seem well looked after. To what can this be attributed.

    Next, why the ubiquitous tin awnings that detract from the beauty? Why can’t churches construct something less tacky?

    Well done Rajan. The next generation of Goans will only have such photograhs to remember.ReplyCancel

  • Reena - February 3, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    Lovely pic, Rajan.ReplyCancel

  • jc - February 3, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Dear Rajan,

    Brilliant photograph of the church.

    I hope the greenery is not destroyed and replaced by some grotesque concrete zoo.ReplyCancel

  • Suresh - February 3, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Wow. The church snap is very nice. Very sharp and gives a good idea of its size.ReplyCancel

Ferry, Barge, Sunset

Sights from our ferry on River Mandovi connecting Old Goa to Divar in the beautiful, golden moments a little before sundown today.

Old Goa to Divar ferry

Old Goa to Divar ferry
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

 
Ferry on the River Mandovi

On its way to Divar island
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

 
Ferry, Barge, Sunset

Ferry, Barge, Sunset
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

 
 
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Dyrfjöll

As soon as I got into Goa the other day, my little niece Saraswati showed me something that at once brought to my mind the magnificent sight of Dyrfjöll (“Door Mountain”) in east Iceland. This striking formation is encountered en route to Borgarfjörður Eystri, and looks like a wall with a slot punched through it. On this morning, the thick, low hanging cloud cover lent the scene an air of foreboding and mystery.

Dyrfjöll

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

 
Dyrfjöll

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

 
 

The sight of the dearly departed tooth of my little niece Saraswati is what took me back to Dyrfjöll.

A different kind of Dyrfjöll

Dyrfjöll of the dental kind
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

 

PS: I am currently without my colorimeter and have no way of assessing the accuracy of the display calibration on my Macbook Pro.

 
 
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  • Dyrfjöll | Photo Art News and Events - January 25, 2011 - 7:45 am

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  • Börkur Hrólfsson - January 25, 2011 - 6:26 am

    Hahaha !
    Your niece is cute.ReplyCancel

  • Suresh - January 25, 2011 - 12:54 am

    The mountain does look very interesting. The effect of the first photo is dramatic. And so is the close up shot of your niece’s teeth :) :) ReplyCancel

Witness to Katla

[Update: Ólafur Petursson passed away on February 22, 2012. He was 102.]

Among the most feared volcanoes in Iceland, Katla last erupted in 1918. At the time Ólafur Pétursson (b. 1909) was 9 years old, and his wife þórunn Björnsdóttir (b. 1911) was 7. The couple are today the last living witnesses to that cataclysmic event.

Ólafur and þórunn still live in the shadow of Katla at Giljur, their farm in south Iceland. When I heard their story from my friend Guðmundur Eyjólfsson, I knew I had to go see them. The opportunity to take a portrait of a centenarian doesn’t come by often.

We dropped in unannounced at their house one morning in June 2010. þórunn, now 99, was under the weather and we could not meet her. Ólafur, on the other hand, was in good spirits, and with his grandson Ólafur Gunnarson serving as translator, we ended up shooting the breeze…and a few portraits as well.

Ólafur Pétursson (b. 1909)

Ólafur Pétursson (1909-2012)
5D Mark II, 85L II

 
Ólafur Pétursson at his home in Giljur, south Iceland

Ólafur Pétursson at his home at Giljur, south Iceland
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
Ólafur Pétursson

Ólafur Pétursson
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
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Skógafoss

Skógafoss in south Iceland is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Ring Road. Since nearly every visitor takes a picture here, Skógafoss has become a photographic cliché. Why then, you may wonder, did I plant my tripod at the exact same spot like so many before me? Because the light, the sight, and the sound moved me.

Skógafoss

Skógafoss
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II + Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter

 
The witness

The witness
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
 
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