Roads of Iceland: A Photo Collection

“Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again!”  —
 Willie Nelson, On The Road Again! 

As someone who doesn’t drive, I love driving across vast open landscapes, through mountain passes, quiet valleys, along the sea, watching the world change. And no place is as fascinating as Iceland, where every mile brings a new adventure and a new show of nature’s immense power and magic. As Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

On a recent trip to Iceland (my second), I went around the ring road, took some country road detours and drove on dirt tracks. Each one was magical and fantastic. Some reminded me of what Jerry Seinfeld once said, “sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” These are some of the photos I made with my iPhone7Plus. Each photo is just a snapshot of the beauty and magic of Iceland, a country I absolutely adore and can’t stop thinking about.

Meeting Ragnar Axelsson 

Last evening, I had the pleasure of meeting Ragnar ‘Rax’ Axelsson who is a photography inspiration of mine. His work chronicles the trials and tribulations of original people of Greenland. He has dedicated his art to covering climate change and its impact on the Arctic and the Tundras. His books, the Faces of the North being the most recent, are a treasure. We talked about life and work, Leica and climate change and finding our own voice. I was honored to meet him and hopefully you will see a big on him soon.

November 5, 2016, Reykjavik, Iceland.

In Praise of iPhone7plus 

It has been an interesting trip so far, from a photography standpoint. Of all the cameras, I have used: 

  • Leica Monochrome to focus on subjects and simpler photos.
  • Fuji xPro2 for late evening and early morning long exposures. It is mostly because the Leica can’t handle more than 60 seconds exposure. The new Seven5 Lee Filters have come in really super handy.
  • My most used camera – about three in four photos have been on iPhone7Plus which is indeed a great camera.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know the quality of the photos I am sharing. The camera does color so well. You just have to learn how to expose the photos properly and find the right composition. The telephoto lens and the portrait mode have opened up so many opportunities to make good photos. i have three different tools at my disposal and it is upto me to level up my game to make the most of them. There are some long exposures I made on this camera that are simply stunning!

Apple, you might be making me mad about the  laptops, but you got the whole iPhone-camera thing totally dialed in. 

November 2, 2016, Deplar Farm, Iceland!

Few fun reads for this weekend

It is cold, rainy and grey here. Perfect day for me to totally binge on The Fall Season 3. I mean who can resist that show! Unfortunately, I need to plan, pack and do some last minute shopping for a trip. We all live in stress inducing, mind-numbing, politically charged times and need some relief from the mundane. So, instead of sending you some heavy stuff, I wanted to share some fun reads and a few podcasts and videos for you to enjoy.

Not news, just stuff worth reading! 

In case you were wondering, for the third time in the past five months, I’ve gotten hit by the cold/flu combo. I decided to take time off from the Internet, work and spent a substantial amount of time over the past three days recuperating by doing absolutely nothing (except answering emails) and drinking lot of ginger/tulsi tea and hydrating myself. The rest has done me good and I feel energized to get back to work. I can’t handle not being out and about.