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Blahnukur Sunset 09

Blahnukur Sunset 09, Landmannalaugar, Iceland

As my regular readers will note, I experienced mostly gloomy weather during my trip to Iceland.  While the bad weather did nothing to overcome my SAD, it did provide me with some incredible lighting conditions for landscape photography.  The highlight of my trip was camping and shooting for 4 days at Landmannalaugar.  I was disappointed that the colorful hills were covered in ash from the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, but their was still plenty of spectacular scenery to shoot everywhere I looked.  I explored the main hiking trails from the campground and became particularly enchanted with the geothermal steam vents at the base of Brennisteinsalda.  I returned to this surreal location 2 nights in a row and was rewarded with this dramatic image when the clouds parted and the sun illuminated the summit of Blahnukur in golden light.