Distant View, Iceland

Sheep, grass, ash, mountains and sky. Iceland is a dream location for landscape photography.

Sheep, grass, ash, mountains and sky. Iceland is a dream location for landscape photography.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f4 L series lens and 1.4X Extender @ 113mm. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f8 ISO 100

What a bizarre landscape? Grass, steam, ash, sheep and distant mountains. Welcome to Iceland!

I made this image in the early hours of the morning after a long day of travel and exploration. My photo traveling buddy Joseph and I pulled our camper van off the road and decided to settle in for the night. But I was restless. The light and the weird landscape beckoned and I headed out for the next few hours to explore the surroundings.

What awaited was a hard land made up mostly of ash and steam. It was Mordor on earth. After a while the sun began to rise and I made photos looking into the light. The dynamic range (contrast) was extreme, but well suited to the eerie mood of the location. Frankly, it was a bit spooky!

After a time I took a circular route back to the car and came upon the outlook from which the above photo was made. It provided a more hopeful view, albeit a little less dramatic than the ones I'd be exploring earlier.

I love the 3-dimensionality of this image and the way the warm sunrise rakes across the landscape. The sheep provide a great sense of scale to the landscape. I had to make 4 separate photos as the little blighters kept moving around. The one I decided upon shows both sheep standing resolutely and looking back towards the camera. OK, I baa baad them.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru