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"Showa Shinzan" (Showa New Mountain) is Japan's youngest Volcano. Born in the 1940's it is located by Lake Toya near it's mother Mt.Usu. Showa Shinzan is an active smoldering baby volcano that keeps growing every year. A farmer discovered it growing in his rice field... It is about 290 - 300 meters high and grows little by little...

It was a beautiful clear day, not a single cloud in the sky which made it kind of dull conditions to photograph something as powerful as a volcano. The smoke from the volcano disapears into the bright clear sky. I was lucky that I could find and frame this artist in the picture to show scale..

One thing about doing a series on anything that you become passionate about, is that you have to keep going back several times to the same place to finally get photos that you can be happy with.

Photographing volcanos in Japan is now my new passion. I know that it will take me a long time to do this series. I still don't have anything that I'm happy with. The first time I take photos is mainly to scout locations, angles, seasons and point of view. Sometimes I might get lucky if there is a dramatic sky. I will return to Showa again and again because for me photography is a labor of love.

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