As amazing as Iceland’s natural sights are, the sheer amount of photographers that visit there means that a lot of their photos end up looking fairly similar. UK-based photographer Andy Lee, however, has used an interesting technique in his “Blue Iceland” series to ensure that his photographs of Iceland’s stark and proud landscape are especially dramatic and atmospheric.

Lee’s stunning photos, which resemble Romantic-era paintings because of their moody atmosphere and dramatic lighting, were created by shooting with a lens that can pick up infrared light. Such a lens, usually in combination with some sort of infrared light filter, can produce very interesting effects, blocking light from some visible wavelengths, emphasizing light from others, and picking up light from some wavelengths not visible to the naked eye. The natural features in his painting-like photographs stand under a black sky and seem to be illuminated by a faint and distant sun.

Iceland, a country rich with roaring volcanoes, monolithic glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords, has become a mecca for photographers looking to capture the raw, mystical power of its natural northern beauty. The ruggedness of and stark contrasts present in Iceland’s landscapes makes them irresistible to photographers like Lee.

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Blue Iceland: Stunning Photos Of Icelandic Landscapes Taken With Infrared Lens originally appeared on Bored Panda.