THE CASTLE – LANDMANNALAUGAR ICELAND

One of the locations in Iceland that I am most looking forward to returning to next year and for my workshop in 2013 is Landmannalaugar. This volcanic region of Iceland has one of the most alien and multi-coloured landscapes in the country and is truly a photographers paradise. With its multi-coloured rhyolite mountains, luminous veins of green moss and sulphurous fumoroles it provides a myriad of possibilities for the landscape photographer. There is quite literally a dizzying array of colour and texture in the mountains and rock formations. During the Icelandic summer when the sun is at an oblique angle  the light across this landscape can be truly magical.

This photograph – titled ‘The Castle’, was taken near the summit of one of the highest mountains in the area. Ejected lava has piled up on one of the rhyolite mountains and then eroded away under the assault of the arctic winds.

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