Photographer's Note

After 3 hours sleep, the trek to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National park began.

It was icy cold and the night was deep. After 5 a.m. dawn slowly began, unveiling a breathtaking landscape. This one was captured at 5h30 am, 15 minutes before sunrise and is part of a larger series of photos.

To have a better sense of scale, mind that from one side of the picture to the other are about 4Km and that white mist on the bottom are clouds compressed against the crater.

The smoke above Semeru, 3600m, the volcano on the background, are two eruptions of ashes!

The white/grey chimney is Bromo (middle of the photo, to the left side), alo active and expels sulfur fumes. This place is almost unreal, especially with this morning light, 15-20 minutes before sunrise. You must see it to believe it!

Apart from basic and unavoidable editing in Photoshop (slight contrast, saturation and unsharp mask), the shot is unmanipulated as much of the work is done on location using a ND grad filter to balance the light and a polariser to enhance colour and contrast.

PS: I appologise for the 500px larger side and watermark in the frame, but some unauthorized use has happened before in other websites (including mine)

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