The worst job one can get..
Consider ascending a steep mountain path with two empty baskets, going down into the crater descending maybe 350 m, filling the baskets with pure sulphur rocks amid the fumes, carrying up to 70 kg out of the crater - don't lose your footing or you're done for - and then downhill the mountain path for about 7km on foot! all for fraction of a dollar per kg.
This was taken along the narrow sulphur trail mid way down hill some 3km away from Paltuding collection centre where the sulphur will be sorted and packed in bags then transported to Banyuwangi some 30km away on the winding mountain road. A breath taking view overlooking Mt Raung, an active and dangerous volcano known to erupt regularly which at 3,332m is the highest peak in the vicinity.
Along this narrow trail there's a continuous flow of two way traffic, carrying the load down and trudging up again to re-load, and this has left a yellow trail on the well worn path. Work obviously started very early, since already at first light the men had left for the lake shore to load up their baskets.
Try to lift this baskets, I bet you could not even get them off the ground!
WS: Meet the sulphur miner, who needs all the strength coming up really slowly, putting one foot before the other.
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Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-17 14:21
une belle composition, j'aime ces belles tonalités de bleus et de bruns illuminées par ce jaune très lumineux. Une photo très réussie.
carlo62 (53360) 2014-06-17 15:06
bella la tua composizione, ben ideata e ben realizzata, queste due ceste colpiscono l'attenzione e sono un'ottima attrattiva per osservare il paesaggio.
HimalAnda (10671) 2014-06-17 23:15
Nice light and beautiful picture, congratulations!
jemaflor (101419) 2014-06-17 23:20
Well composed with this close up, nice colors and contrast, well managed, Interesting contribution about this hard work.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-17 23:33
Jolie mise en image de cette récolte de soufre "en situation". Le WS avec le travailleur du soufre me plait aussi malgré un petit problème de netteté dû à un mauvais choix de profondeur de champ.
pajaran (64478) 2014-06-17 23:43
Interesantan tekst o krateru i nosacima sumpora sa opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ..
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana korpa sa sumporom, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je naglasilo boje sumpora.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-06-18 0:13
The contradiction between the beauty of the landscape and the harshness of the poor people that have to harvest this mineral is striking. It is a terrible thing that they have to do to be able to survive. That load looks really heavy and I can only imagine the day to day existence. Here in the warm light the sulphur does look like gold, gold to some but at what cost to others... A good illuminating image.
Fis2 (104070) 2014-06-18 0:22
Your photo is interesting.
Excellent frame, colors and light.
Composition has climate.
dkmurphys (62919) 2014-06-18 0:23
Again a superb composition from that...hell on earth... Perfect contrast and there's a little bit of sadness in this image. Well taken.
Silvio1953 (150405) 2014-06-18 1:49
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with fantastic light, superb landscape, wonderful colors and splendid superb sky, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (157976) 2014-06-18 3:48
This is almost not to believe on these way everyday work middle of the sulfur fumes, with the baskets in the mountains.
Your both pictures are very nice and excellent of colours.
Your picture is made in high quality with nice pleasant colours.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
cornejo (45480) 2014-06-18 4:56
Hello Abmdsudi, very good photograph of this beautiful composition, very well captured with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
danos (101882) 2014-06-18 9:34
excellent the snapshot with pieces of sulphur into the two baskets .I like the way that that the baskets outline against the horizon,
with the warm colour of the light as falling on them and in combination with the yellow pieces of sulphur,make the image so effective and unique.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-06-18 15:41
What a hard work and life these people must endure and with sulphur, hope it improve in the very near future, the miner looks so fragile and thin
Creative composition where the sulphur shines like gold
Well done with good contrast, tfs
rychem (40776) 2014-06-18 21:29
Excellent photo, on the one hand, documentary image, on the other hand artistic shot with fantastic colors, great idea
mirosu (16273) 2014-06-19 0:24
Marvellous photo. The well lit baskets are excellent foreground focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground baskets as well as hills in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong.
Very well done.
claudeD (40894) 2014-06-19 4:28
very fine composition for this interesting picture.Perfect colors and sharpness. I like your informativce note.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-06-19 4:49
I enjoyed your picture as much as the note which explains in details what the photo shows. Very informative and interesting and the shot is a lovely quality illustration for it. I like how you placed the baskets on the edge of the hill with dark landscape in the background - the result is really eye catching and makes the foreground stand out from the rest of the composition. Very nice colors and well handled light.
Thanks for sharing
Oceania (5202) 2014-06-19 6:17
If a person own that much gold, he/she will be very rich, haha. The sun really made the rocks golden-shine. I like the two baskets more, very artful in an unique way.
PiotrF (21538) 2014-06-19 7:04
Your picture is very well taken. Another good picture from this area.Colours, clarity and sharpness are perfect made.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.Thanks for the interesting notes.
ourania (49935) 2014-06-19 11:40
your presentation of this place and the kind of work people do there is stunning. You brought to our knowledge the amazing sceneries and the horrible working conditions through extraordinary pictures. After the awesome spectacle and drama of your previous picture, the simplicity of this image is captivating and touching. You've done a great work with the composition, the atmospheric lighting and the meaningful colours. A striking portrait in the workshop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
mcmtanyel (27060) 2014-06-19 19:53
Very nicely composed, excellent colors and good DOF. It also tells a very touching story. Very well done!
CLODO (35370) 2014-06-20 0:01
You've played well with the light to get a stunning contrast between the sulfur in the double basket and the blue sky and mountains.
Kielia (24077) 2014-06-20 8:08
well TE is all about learning about the world. We don't have to like what we meet in other parts of the world, but probably should be aware that it is the “modern world” that wants the sulphur. Very good and excellently composed documentary image. The photo in WS is worth being presented as a main post!
tatadalou (7459) 2014-06-21 0:44
Good composition with the two baskets full of sulphur. The right one gives so much light to the whole photo.
Noel_Byrne (33130) 2014-06-21 9:14
Bravo for this, you have taken a world that you describe so eloquently as harsh, difficult and unforgiving and inside that world you have created a most beautiful image. I know I said it before when you posted the view of the mine from above, but there can be such beauty in utmost danger, your capture here belongs on the cover of national geographic, it really is superb.
Thanks as alas for sharing.
Didi (60590) 2014-06-22 9:41
I saw a TV film about these worker
They doing a very hard job no machines to help them
Very good composition with good lights control
But I am sorry about these people wjho live in hell for a fiew pieces of money
siolaw (38292) 2014-06-23 10:48
It truely looks like gold indeed!
Good compo of the worker's double basket with crater as a great BG.
I like the WS a lot too with its low POV and only sky as a BG!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-24 18:55
What a sad story, it's really amazing that even in the 21st century there are even more poor people struggling to make a living and some will endanger their life just to make enough money to feed their family. I live a comfortable life in the U.S. but I wake up in the morning feeling sad because I thousands of relatives in the Philippines that are poor and struggling but I cannot help them. Beautiful image you have captured unfortunately there is a sad story behind it. TFS.
Cricri (123832) 2014-06-25 9:31
Sublime lumière donnant un merveilleux contraste, j'aime l'image en WS, deux belles réalisations
Angshu (56760) 2014-07-03 4:09
I think the WS post is a stunner...even though there's a small element of motion blur! The ochre yellow sulphur is luminescenet thanks to the light falling on it and the rocks contrast beautifully with the darkish BG...delightful picture in a category I would place in 'Still Life'
adores (46305) 2014-07-14 15:21
It's a very good shot of the baskets. I like the colours and the focus, with the mountains in the blurred background. Light is great here. I cannot even imagine how hard it is to do this job.
mkamionka (39545) 2014-07-15 6:33
indeed, your story helps to appreciate the job which I have at the moment :)It is a very interesting presentation together with the portrait of the miner as well.
The yellow sulphur rock goes well with the blue background. The scenery must have been fantastic but I would not like to have this job.
Nice light with the sun emphasizing well the texture of the rocks.
PS You have actually followed the same path carrying equally heavy photographic equipment?...
COSTANTINO (68250) 2014-10-15 22:13
Good morninf my dear friend
all your photos bring your personal style
your personal thoughts creating a particular
atmosphere I like the desription of this
scenery as following consider ascending
a steep mountain path with two empty baskets
going down unto the crater
perfect execution with a little bit of
ikeharel (76251) 2014-12-31 8:42
Yes Abmdsudi, I had red once about those sulphou miners in Indonesia, terrible and hazardous job - but it is a relatively rewarding for those who live there and do this for livelihood's.
The yellow / orange tone in greaty contrast. Interesting subject to read about and see it on photo.
Happy New Year,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57168)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 100 RAW, 77mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-17 14:11