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Afternoon Radiance

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 10 November 2017 in Landscape & Rural.


It was raining heavily everywhere else but here in Landmannalaugar on our last full day of this year's trip to Iceland. It was a brave decision to drive the short and yet rough and testing highland route F208 to this location. I could see just enough breaks in the clouds in the distance to have some hope for decent conditions to explore this area a little more than two years ago. Back then the weather started beautifully before strong winds and rain arrived just as we started our hike around the lava field. This time we were treated to some beautiful afternoon light and were able to appreciated the uniqueness of this location in full.

I think that the light was just right for this location as it allowed the shadows to give the hills extra depth and dimension. The remains of winter snow also provided a different texture and a break from the rhyolite hues and patterns. There was so much detail to see that I had slow myself down frequently to take it all in. It is one of these wonders that you can never forget once you have seen it with your own eyes.

In my opinion it is also one location that looks better in real life that on any photographs that I have seen (including this one). There was not much that needed to be done in terms of post processing. All the light, colours and detail were already there.

We did not get to venture right into the hills, however, the glimpses that we got were fantastic and have definitely left an invitation to explore this location even further another time. There are many trails that one can follow through the mountains and I already cannot wait to return there one day.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 100 29 mm

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