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Midnight Volcano Rift

Midnight Volcano Rift
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Copyright: Djuna Ivereigh (IndonesiaWild) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 3 N: 38] (102)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-16
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji S2 Pro
Exposure: f/4, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas, Our world at night., Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 7:05
Viewed: 7910
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last year I had the privilege to shoot a full eruption cycle at Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, near Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Over several months I witnessed the mountain change character tremendously. At this stage, the active plug dome at the summit is welling up meters per day, like a fresh crusty muffin in the oven. Long flows of chunky lava are just revving up. After two weeks mountain-gazing, things are really picking up!

I most enjoyed shooting at night close to the full moon, when long exposures brought out mountain detail and deep blue skies while still capturing the crimson glow of the incandescent lava. By daylight the lava was barely visible. Without the moon, nighttime shots were simply black.

This is a composite, which may or may not be legal. It's no more a distortion of reality than a standard time exposure, however, and I feel the subject will be better appreciated here than at TL.

The backstory: I perched along the edge of a steep canyon to get this unobstructed shot of the mountain. And the first thing I did was drop my cable release into the canyon. This limited me to a 30-sec exposure on my Fuji S2 Pro. And I needed three of those to capture a single lava spurt tumbling top to bottom through the frame.

I was surprised when I sandwiched shots to find a visible gap between star trails. Not more than a second passed between consecutive exposures. I shot with a Nikkor 80-200/2.8 lens at 200mm (300 equivalent on 35mm film). The planet spins quick when you look off it with that narrow field of view!

Stay tuned for more "Moods of Merapi"...

Indonesia Wild

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Legal or not,this is a great shot Djuna.
The details of the mountain slopes,the lava flow,and the star trails are all very clear,and make for a wonderful image.
I like it very much.
Very good work.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-25 8:06]

Hello Djuna,
A belated welcome to Treknature :o)
Your photo is absolutely stunning! Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-25 9:45]

Hello Djuna and welcome to TrekNature,
this shot is fabulous. Must be quite the event to witness. Amazing shot, with superp details. The colors and the sharpness is very nice. Very well composed and presented.
TFS.. .. looking forward seeing more of your work.

Hello Djuna , I liked very much your photo , magnificient Volcano , lavas , plus Star Trails , this photo is incredible , Thanks ver much for sharing.

Hi Djuna,
Rekaman gambar yang hebat, waktu pemotretan yang tidak biasa menghasilkan incredible picture. Detail dan komposisi yang indah, aku suka alur diagonal dari lava dan gerakan bintang-bintang di langit yang biru. Ini sungguh lain dari foto-foto yang pernah kulihat.
Bravo !!

Hi Djuna, This is a wonderful picture of a volcano. Never seen one live. The lava flow is beautifully captured. The star trails add to the effect.

TFS, regards, Kiran

Hello Djuna,
A great action image, capturing the raw forces of nature so well!
Pleasant framing, fine exposure and good details...
Pablo -

Most memorable and magnificient picture in Trek Nature. Congrats! lovely capture and very good exposure. Very rare to see such nature's marvel. TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-25 20:40]

Hola Djuna.- Hermosa foto de este "Volcan" Muy bellos colores y gran nitidez. Muy buen encuadre.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-26 2:05]

An awesome scene, Djuna.
A rare view of our planet in the making.
Great details and light.
Very informative notes.
A warm welcome to TN
and thank you for sharing. : )

Hello Dujna,
This is an impressive scenery. Something that you don't see everyday :) I like this moment caught, this super exposure and POV. This is also a great composition. Well done with interesting notes :) Thanks,

Hi djuna,

A am really delighted to see such spelended shots,Everything in this pic really great.And i am checking on the bali pics in ur webpage indonesiawild. I would be in bali coming april 4th week so this website is a learning curve for me now. Thx a tons for sharing such good pics and wont forget the thanking u on the website too.


Beautiful picture, colors and composition.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-26 16:34]

Hi Djuna and a belated but warm welcome to TN

This is a splendid photo!
The long shutter really helped you into getting the extra light and colors for this amazing catch here and the exposure is well handled.
Also due to that, the stars look more like a meteor shower :))
The tones everywhere are lovely, the details and very nice and sharp and the composition is outstanding!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Djuna,
Thanks for your commentary and welcome to the Web. I hope that benefits of our photos as we enjoy yours.
Precious nocturnal and dramatic scene.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-27 8:36]

Hi Djuna,
I like this photo where one can see star movement and melted rocks at the same time. A great capture for so huge phenomenona.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-27 22:21]
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Hi Djuna,
A spectacular sight, Good shot of star trails but with an erupting volcano as the foreground? Doesn't get much better than that. I'm always impressed by long exposures of starry skies, mainly because I tried in the Himalayas but it was pitch black and so unbelievably cold that it was all a dismal failure. As you say interesting to see the break in the star trails, I wouldn't have expected that. I think composites are fine, people post stitched panoramas and HDR images which really aren't any different. Excellent work, looks like a fantastic place.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-28 4:21]
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Hello Djuna,
Checking TN intermittently these days... I didn't notice the star trails on thumbnail. Truly magnificent view when I clicked on it. Some people deliberately get these gaps by blocking the lens for a few seconds. Very well done. Look forward to seeing more!

This is excellent work for a composite the layering of several images gives this a nice effect. :)

Hi Djuna.
Both of you vulcano shots are very impresing and interesting to look at, lovely long exposures to show a most unusual scene in TN.
Congratulations and my late welcome to TN.

Hi Djuna,
Pretty amazing, your shot is very clear, your picture even could catch and diferentiate between the flow structure with the pyroclastics texture of it's lava dome,the molten flow make the volcano really shows the breathtaking activity but in the same time it so tranquil if we see it from distance, thanks for the great notes, really hard effort and dangerous attempt you made there, but the picture is worth a thousand smile :)

Great capture.

striking pic, TFS Ori

Hi Djuna,

Legal or not, its an amazing photo! The framing is so beautiful and anyone would love to print and hang a frame of it in their living room! This is quite alive, and beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!


really realy great picute,.........

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