Námafjall is a mountain near Mývatn in the North East of Iceland. The mountain is close to the Kraftla volcano and is right in the middle of a geothermal area. The mountain is hot and the snow melts much quicker on Námafjall. Námaskarð Hverir is a hot-spring area at the base of Námafjall. There is a collection of steam fumaroles, some bubbling mud pots and lots of interesting colours. The area works beautifully with a sunset sky, there are many possible compositions and you can find interesting background at all angles (apart from the car park).
It can be challenging to compose at Námaskarð without including the perimeter fences, they are not too intrusive, but necessary to protect the delicate ground around the blowing vents. The other challenge for composition is the chaotic nature of the textures, it is easy to be distracted by the colours, but keep an eye on the balance of foreground, background and sky and you will have pleasant results. Pictures needs to be well exposed to get the best colours out of the landscape. Both long and short exposures work well here, just have fun with the steam at Námaskarð.
If you get cold and tired, just go and have a soak in the Thermal Baths at Jarðböðin, it is just on the other side of the Námafjall Mountain.
All that steam in the mid-Summer sunset.
Sunset at Hrerir, alien sky and alien location.
Moody sky and enhanced foreground textures on the Fumarole.
Photo tours that visit Námaskarð
Icelandic volcano eruption prints!!
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