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Iceland - Highlands

Iceland’s interior is dominated by the Highlands, a sprawling volcanic desert of uninhabitable rock, mountains, and glaciers. Much of the region can only be accessed in summer using a 4x4 capable of churning through miles of rough terrain.

For eight days alongside six fellow photographers from Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia, I explored much of the southern Highlands. Together we battled the cold, wind, and rain to capture images when light was at its most ethereal, dramatic and magical. That meant staying up all night, sleeping all day, then waking up and heading out again for our next nightly adventure.

The experience was tiring, but flipping our sleep schedule rewarded us with stunning light and atmosphere unlike any other time of day. From 12am (sunset) to 3am (sunrise), rich tones of blues and blacks across the landscape. Around 4am, treble notes of bubblegum pink, yellow and orange peaking through the sky. In between, plenty of clouds, rain and patience.

For more, see my aerial gallery of Highland images.

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