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Copyright: Luis Louro (luislourobd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 69] (2176)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED DX AF-S
Exposure: f/4.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Selen's Favorites, Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas, lovely landscapes, Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 7:02
Viewed: 7329
Favorites: 12 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arenal Vulcano, Costa Rica.
This is one of the most active vulcanos in the world.
I've been there before, but only saw clouds!!! this time got lucky and saw the lava flowing, all the time, didn't get much sleep!!!
It was a blast!
I used BULB with a 15 minute exposuse.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-17 7:12]

This is truely breathtaking!
It's defiantely one of the rareset phenomenons here on TN and for that i thank you for sharing it with us!
The long exposure worked like a charm and helped in capturin all the trajectories of the lava plus that fantastic fky in the BG. The colors and tones are, needless to say, magnificent!
Excellent POV and composition, my friend!


superbe luis
une photo magique
lumieres splendides


Hi Luis,
Fascinating shot...
Did you took more shots...
Was it taken at twilight?

Hello Luis,

Excllent work, Great photo oprotunity, excllent use of lighing perfect work, Great colors BG POV DOF,

TFS Kyle

Hi luis,

A superb pic with amazing action, the bulb mode has really worked wonders , the composition and POV are worth speaking of. Thanks for sharing such a great pic.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-17 9:33]

Hi Luis,
Not everyday one can see fire Earth's heart flowing by a pore! Wonderful colors and extraterrestrial sky. You have transport me to another planet and/or era!
TFS, José M.

Magnificent shot!!! Composition, focus, and POV are superb. Congratulations, and I hope you have more to share!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-17 11:34]

Hola Luis,
This capture is a moment of a lifetime! Beautifully composed and presented shot of a natural phenomenon in fine lighting.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2006-12-17 11:51]

Precious photo of this volcano with lava lowering by its slope, very clear and an excellent color, congratulations!

This picture of a lava spewing mountain in Costa Rica is priceless in terms of documentation, Luis.
I admire the way you have captured the view with lot of patience. The picture is very impressive in terms of what it records.

Hi Luis,
I want to see this in real to....Just such an amazing sight. You managed to make this a really beautiful photo. The extreem long exposure gave you good light and colors. Love the motion of the clouds and the lava.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-17 13:47]

This is just so beautiful - it looks like a picture from a graphic novel. Stunning colours, great BG sky. masterful composition



Hi Luis,

Beautifull colors, excellent exposure. I like the clouds in the BG. Gives a nice mood to the picture. Good orange lava flow on one side of the mountain. Nice glow from the crater.

PC :)

Superb image, the perfect volcano shot, no faults at all.

I'm going there next July, hope I'm as lucky as you.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-12-18 9:31]

very beautiful! the long exposure work well. amazing colors and focus. very well done. tfs

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-18 15:51]

Piękne i ciekawe zdjęcie. Dobrze skadrowane i naświetlone. Dobra robota.

Que buena, pero que buena toma !!!!
Yo la he esperado por ańos y no me llega, te felicito.
Un abrazo, Rafael

We don't get many of these on here! Great photo, perfect exposure, which is no mean feat as bulb exposures are usually guesswork!

Hello Luis.
I saw this and was very impressed. What a great opportunity, and you've done an excellent job of it. Really like this one :)
Happy Holidays!

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-12-21 19:43]

Hi luis!! Great shot!! you are a lucky man! You really make an exc picture of the Arenal! Only one wrong thing: Arenal Volcano its located at San Carlos in Alajuela (not Puntarenas). Thanks for share and keep taking this amazing photos!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-24 7:17]

Excellent picture. Very well composed and very sharp focus. Exposure is spot on aswell. Well done & TFS!


Olha quem é ele por aqui!

É sempre bom encontrar pessoal conhecido!


Unha autentica beleza. Dereita os meus favoritos.
E unha ledicia poder disfrutar de tomas como ista en TN. Encantanme as lasgas exposicions e ista e perfeita.
Meus mais sinceiros parabens.

amazing pic, TFS Ori

Hi Luis,

Nice long exposure the lava looks fantastic.

I've seen this volcano at night with the lava flowing down the side and I have to say it is definitely an experience not too forget. :)

Hola Luis.

Expectacular imagen, donde no es nada frecuente ver fotos de volcanes.

Jose Luis.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-14 13:18]

Hi Luis,

A great capture of arenal,I have been there as well before and like to return someday to costa rica,well captured with the long exposure,


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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-03-21 12:16]

Hello Luis,
What a moment!!! Wonderful hot blast with the lava flowing lines. Perfect exposure, colors and composition.

Muy buenas Luis
Toda una preciosidad de foto la que nos muestras. Donde se puede apreciar perfectamente la fuerza de la naturaleza.
Un saludo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-19 2:20]

Great capture Luis. Bravo and TFS

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  • orenk (45)
  • [2008-08-30 1:06]

wow!!! the most beutiful& amazing picture I saw from the Arenal. you're so luck!! the BULB was just right!! well done

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-20 7:47]


Beautiful time exposure. Did you shoot any with smaller aperture and longer time? I wonder how they would look.

I suspect you are actually glad that it was NOT a blast (but I can imagine that it was an incredible experience, especially after the earlier clouds). I was near Mt. Saint Helens during a minor eruption in 1980 (after the big one) and saw only ash clouds. Then 11 years later I looked into the breach on a clear day- it was an unforgettable experience.

You were so fortunate here, but also did a good job of taking advantage of the opportunity. Thank you.


Hello Luis,
Amazing shot and very well composed. TFS

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