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Leirhnjkur, behind the Krafla power station in the Mvatn region..

This area is extremely hot, use common sense when you walk around and stay on the walking paths. The walking paths get slippery when it rains.

A part of this Earth where the crust is so thin that you can almost feel the flows of magma beneath your feet. As you walk to the lava fields created by the large volcano outbreaks years before you pass by some most remarkable colours and shapes, bubbly mud pots and steamy liquids.
I couldn't help but see millions of faces everywhere around me, in the lava formations, on the ground and even smilies in the shape of boiling pots. Then there were the crystals of thousand colours, the yellow sand, the turquoise ground. A true pleasure for the eyes...

The sun came to greet us on a number of occasions, but withdrew behind a cloud just as I took this shot. The little bubbles you can see in the holes are boiling mud formations... it stank quite impressively awful yet the literally boiling ground kept me staring at it from disbelief :D

I've attempted to keep the colours correct in the save-for-web version but had to compress it so much that it's remained quite a distant version of what it ought to have been.
Resized - saturated - contrasted - compressed - added name.

In the workshop you'll find a picture of the area where this close-up was taken :)

An advance Thank You to those amongst You who take the time to criticise and/or comment!

Nikon D70
2005/07/05 20:20:46.7
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 48mm
Digital Vari-Program: Landscape
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/200 sec - F/10
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off


And for those amongst you who've been following my shots before and perhaps wondering where I vanished to: I've been busy with the expo (June/July), then headed off for holidays (August) and upon my return I took on a job as a journalist in a small English language publication in Luxembourg, called 352, and hence have been extra-super-mucho-totalmente way too busy. It's lovely to get paid for writing but I wish the job would include a bit more photography and a helluva lot more travelling :P

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