Down into the crater:
Ijen Crater or Kawah Ijen is the world's largest highly acidic lake and, is the site of a labor-intensive sulphur mining operation that hundreds of men carry out one of the most grueling and dangerous jobs in the world in which sulphur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor.
As can be seen, looking deep below at the lake's edge about half a kilometer from where this was taken;
are those boiling sulphur vents and tiny figures could be seen labouring amidst billowing clouds of stinging sulphur fumes, pairs of empty baskets waiting to be filled with sulphur rocks and red molten hot sulphur spurts out and flows through steel pipelines which then turns bright yellows as it dries. As the rising sun began to warm the surface of the turquoise acidic lake, the water had begun steaming and ripples appeared disturbing the bright yellow streaks of sulphur which until then had rested motionless.
From this shooting position using 200mm lens, on top of the crater rim, the sulphur dioxide smell was still quite strong and I really couldn't imagine that in the most hazardous conditions, only wet handkerchiefs were used by the miners down below to protect themselves !!
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danos (86623) 2014-06-14 1:07
a very impressing scene with the smoke of the sulphur to rise on the air.Save the shot with your zoom lens from the crater but the smell must be very dangerous for the visitors there especialyy if they approch the area even more closer.I imagine this is prohibited.A good reportage shot from the place.
jhm (139134) 2014-06-14 1:20
The yellow, grey, blue and a lot of through each other smoke makes these picture extraordinarily.
Also very well depth and perspective picture.
Colours and sharpness make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
HimalAnda (9618) 2014-06-14 1:32
This is a very impressive picture!
pajaran (52030) 2014-06-14 1:39
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o krateru i izvoru sumpora sa opisom, lep pogled i opasan trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan gas sumpora.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Krateri su lepi ali opasni.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the crater and sulfur, with a description, a nice view and a dangerous moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated gas sulfur.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
Craters are beautiful but dangerous.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
PaulVDV (22085) 2014-06-14 2:04
On one hand this is a fantastic picture showing clearly the forces of nature and the formation of the earth.
On the other hand the working conditions for the men in the sulfur mining are more than questionable. I can imagine that accidents happen there regularly. Most probably the jobs are paid very poorly while they undermine the health of the workers.
Best regards, Paul
rsabhijith (133) 2014-06-14 2:54
Wonderful but very risky shot. Colors are amazing. Nature is unquestionable in this regard. Very nicely captured. All the best.
rychem (23158) 2014-06-14 3:03
Great! Dangerous but beautiful! Splendid photo
Fis2 (85447) 2014-06-14 3:59
Good frame and composition.
Very impressive colors.
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-14 5:12
This is a fascinating shot of an amazing natural phenomenon. The magnificent effect and fantastic colours created by the sulphur fumes give a touch of mystery to the image. The picture seems to be from another planet. A breathtaking scenery (and I guess the smell of it was breathless too !). Very interesting note, too.
Have a great weekend.
Sergiom (59956) 2014-06-14 5:55
Cela doit sentir très fort le souffre à cet endroit, mais le résultat est spectaculaire, surtout au niveau des couleurs jaunâtres qui se dégagent des flammes volcaniques.
Noel_Byrne (24235) 2014-06-14 8:01
The last post you Shared of this place focused on the beauty very much, but in this I feel the focus is on the danger. Everything here seems to scream danger, the non secure ground, the steam, the chemicals, even the colors are tho that say danger lies here. I can only begin to imagine how difficult it must be for those who work here, beautiful but obviously treacherous place. Great post, thanks again
Nicou (121892) 2014-06-14 8:48
quel cratère fantastique vue quel jaune de la roche et cette fumée blanc impressionnant ce site cet effet de la terre sueprbe compo.
bravo et amitié
siolaw (38276) 2014-06-14 9:15
A scary sight... but some people have to face this every day and work in these toxic fumes for a meagre salary... but it has natural beauty, and one can only stand in awe in front of nature's forces.
GyurMaster (789) 2014-06-14 12:57
Great! I could imagine this as a postcard.
jjcordier (76300) 2014-06-14 23:13
Très impressionnant! Les couleurs sont fabuleuses. On n'arrive même pas à imaginer comment des hommes peuvent venir là pour récupérer le soufre dans cette atmosphère infernale!
shreya2000 (1134) 2014-06-14 23:37
A totally different picture on TE. Very risky to picturise these type of shots but you have managed very good. The colours are very natural and different. Clarity is excellent.
Antipodean (1654) 2014-06-15 1:31
Kia ora Abmdsudi (greetings from New Zealand),
these volcano shots are always dramatic & this is no exception. The volcano is very like White Island in NZ (I've posted a number of shots of the Island on TE)but a lot larger. Cheers, Neil
SnapRJW (31089) 2014-06-15 3:16
Hi Abmdsudi - I cannot begin to imagine how the tiny figures just visible in this shot manage to work in such conditions. It says a lot about how desperate men must be to make an income and how companies can exploit the poor in our society. A beautiful shot but a very sad situation.
Silvio1953 (122099) 2014-06-15 5:53
Ciao Abmdsudi, like a fantastic hell, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (49228) 2014-06-15 6:24
Yes, you are right. It is a spectacular image for us but a short term death for the poor workers....
ktanska (24758) 2014-06-15 11:18
Wow that environment looks certainly hostile! Sulphur tones are very special, and there's good colour contrast compared to blue water on the right. Clouds of smoke look really intense. True nature of this place well presented.
claudeD (32675) 2014-06-15 11:19
Especially the different colors of your picture are most attractive here. Very good sharpness and clarity. Excellent informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Didi (56851) 2014-06-15 17:17
This is hell on earth but a fantastic picture
Very luky to travel there
Oceania (4844) 2014-06-16 7:36
The smoke is so intensive, I thought it was some kind of explosion. Actually, the visual effect of this picture is great. Certainly, people working in this condition is quiet dangerous.
mkamionka (30616) 2014-06-16 8:02
I am sorry for the people who have to work under such difficult conditions but I am jealous that you were able to visit this extraordinary place. The yellow color of sulfur adds a really unearthly feeling. Combined with the steam it results in an image which in middle ages could be used as an illustration for the Hell.
photographer_sg (4157) 2014-06-16 12:29
Another spectacular capture of this dangerous and beautiful location. It seems straight out of a sci-fi thriller. The colours are so vivid and so charming that one could gaze at the scene for hours together. Your note points out the sad fact that these manual labourers have to work in extremely perilous conditions with nobody to take care of their safety.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
ourania (30937) 2014-06-16 12:34
this is a breathtaking scene, extremely fascinating, dramatic and dangerous, it looks like a depiction of hell. The courage and strength of these workers are awesome, the fumes and the smell are so hard to bear. You captured the formidable textures and colours very effectively, presenting us a rare and haunting image of natural wonder and human suffering. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
mcmtanyel (13375) 2014-06-16 20:22
This photo looks more serious than its namesake. The other one had a deceptively calm lake. By zooming in on the gaseous emissions, you leave no doubt in the viewer's mind that this place is no picnic.
holmertz (40971) 2014-06-17 6:31
Just back from a journey, having missed so many of your photos. This one could at first be seen as an abstract painting with great shapes and colours. Unfortunately this is real. It's a fascinating sight but could there be a worse working-place anywhere in the world? I am afraid life expectancy could not be very high for the poor people making a living here. A fine contribution to TE in any case.
PiotrF (8574) 2014-06-17 12:21
Another great view of the crater. Nice and unique place.
Wonderful light and colours, perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness .
Graal (97433) 2014-06-17 13:09
unusual theme well done and presentation here. Amazing nature. Interesting view of crater. Nice effect and colors. Good shot.
Have a nice evening.
eldancer1 (27841) 2014-06-18 20:09
I can almost smell the sulphur emitting from this volcano and having worked in the medical field most of my life I really don't the effect of the chemical on human body, I hope it's not that dangerous. The column of smokes are beautiful but also look dangerous. Lovely colors and good details. Well done, tfs.
Only since I live in Southern Nevada that I've seen real roadrunner. I think I posted one with a lizard in it's beak.
tatadalou (6081) 2014-06-19 12:10
I can't imagine how tough must be the work conditions here ! Very impressive shot showing the strength of nature. That's scary.
macjake (56474) 2014-06-20 10:53
are you serious!? wow
I wonder what the life expectancy of these miners are, I wonder how many of them have medical problems during their lifetime - mostly with lungs, breathing, etc...
and they're only using a small handkerchief??
As you mentioned, could you imagine the smell too? yikes!!
I guess this type of thing goes on all over the world but we just don't hear about it.
splendid photo for TE, or for any other reason too.
delpeoples (53009) 2014-06-21 4:32
Wow, this is an intriguing photo. Your subject is fascinating and so rare, and the quality and beauty of the photo are breath-taking. I love the golden colours and how you have dealt with all the steam and haze. Fantastic shot, simply stunning.
jemaflor (84659) 2014-06-21 23:30
Impressive view, well taken, with good yellow colors. dangerous smokes for workers,good report, tfs.
CLODO (30220) 2014-06-23 4:11
the bold colors stand out even fromthe thumbnail, and the smoke gives a dramatic effect. looking closely, we discover a tiny human silhouette giving the scale of the hell. How can you breathe this polluted air?
My best regards
Angshu (55641) 2014-06-25 3:18
The toxicity of the fumes emanating from the ochre yellow Sulphur creates a deadly beauty which you have shown here thanks to the zoom lens. It is indeed crazy to even think that people work in such inhuman environments, but they do...what price of life?
Cricri (106327) 2014-06-30 20:07
Magnifique moment capturer, spectaculaire scène aux splendides couleurs, c'est a la fois beau et impressionnant, superbe image
adores (36993) 2014-07-06 9:25
The mixture of colours and smoke make it really impressive. Cannot even imagine how it is to work there. Terrible, indeed. I guess you captured a man on the right side, near the smoke, right? Good and impressive shot!
Waylim (25344) 2014-07-09 17:36
I seen this on some natural geography type show with people working carrying up those sulphur rocks. It is amazing and yes, it look also very lethal. I can imagine breathing this air and I can also iamgine the smell.
Incredible image with excellent detial and a very special place.
I wish to see it one day myself.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43460)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-30
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW, 77mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-14 1:02