Leirhnjukur Ash and Steam, Iceland
Welcome to the Leirhnjukur Lava Fields near the town of Myvatn in Northern Iceland. It’s a bizarre landscape comprising of ash and steam with a tiny pocket of grass on which sheep graze against distant mountains.
I made this image in the early hours of the morning after a long day of travel and exploration. I pulled the 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.
Leirhnjukur Lava Fields | A Walk in Mordor
What awaited was a hard, eerie landscape 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!
Sheep Grazing, Leirhnjukur Lava Fields, Iceland
After a time I took a circular route back to the car and came upon the outlook from which the above photo was made with my then Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f/4 L series lens.
The image was made at 1/8 second at f/8 on ISO 100.
I love the 3-dimensionality of this image and the way the warm sunrise rakes across the landscape. I feel this particular image provides a more hopeful, albeit a little less dramatic, view compared to the ones I'd be exploring earlier.
The sheep provide a great sense of scale to the landscape. I had to make four separate photos as the little blighters kept moving around.
The photo I chose shows both sheep standing resolutely and looking back towards the camera. OK, I baa baad them.